When thinking about your finances, family is often a priority. You want to protect and give your best to your family, and you may also wish to leave a financial legacy that will benefit future generations.
Whatever stage of life you are at, it is never too soon to make a financial plan for your family.
Think about the next generation
Start by setting out your goals. What is it you want for the future of your children? This could mean many things, such as university, wedding or property. It will be unique to you and your family aspirations.
Whatever your financial goal for your children, you’ll need time and money to build that future. That’s where your financial plan and investing could help.
The great thing about goals for your children is that you may have time on your side. For example, if you have a baby and have the dream of them going to university, you have up to 18 years to invest. Over that long term period, regular investments could compound into a significant sum.
In other scenarios for different market conditions, return could vary, for example with an average 2% annual growth after fees, that would give you a return of £46,800 when investing £200 a month for 18 years. The calculation takes into account our average annual fee of 1.16%. It doesn’t take into account the impact of inflation, which will reduce returns, and assumes you only make the contributions set out on this page. Remember, the value of investments can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest.
You may also want to consider the Junior ISA, in the 2022/23 tax year, the savings limit for Junior ISAs is £9,000. An adult with parental responsibility can pay in, and the child will gain access to the account once they are 16 years old and can withdraw from 18 years old.
Stay in control of your expenses
In order to invest money for the future, it may be an idea to start a family budget planner. This may involve a spreadsheet, a budget app on your phone, or a good old-fashioned pen and paper. Whatever your method, it could help you to keep track of your spending and saving. This is important for many families, as the cost of children and an active family lifestyle can become overwhelming.
Track your spending, but also track your investments too, topping up and closing your gap to goal when you can.
Build an emergency fund
In addition to investing towards the future of your family, it is also beneficial to think about the now, and what would happen if anything unexpected impacted you and your family. Therefore, having an emergency fund in place is a good idea, with around six months of expenditure a good amount of cash to have accessible. Any sudden costs or changes in circumstances are then covered by an accessible cash holding, leaving your investment untouched to grow towards the future.
Know your inheritance plan
It is never pleasant to think about, but practically you need to know what will happen to your family plans in the event of death.
For example, if you have elderly parents, are you aware of their will plans? Are you a beneficiary? How will inheritance tax affect you? These are discussions worth having, to ensure the financial legacy of your family.
Likewise, it is never too soon to think about your own will. Plan out your assets and liabilities now, and discuss with your beneficiaries what your wishes are. Remember, money left invested in a Pension is usually exempt from the Inheritance Tax threshold of £325,000.
If you have a Pension, it’s important to state your beneficiaries in what’s called an ‘Expression of Wish’. This tells the Trustees of your Pension who you would like the money to pass to on your death, and can be split by the % you wish to give each beneficiary.
True Potential clients can create and amend their Expression of Wish forms through their account, by logging in by app or online and clicking into their Pension.
Put a plan in place now with your financial adviser and speak with your family about all of your financial plans.
With Investing, your capital is at risk. Investments can fluctuate in value, and you may get back less than you invest. ISA eligibility and tax rules apply. This blog is not personal recommendation or financial advice. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
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