How to Prepare for a Meeting With Your Financial Professional
Navigating the financial waters can be tricky, but your financial professional can help. Use this 3-step guide to prepare for a productive meeting.
Meeting with your financial professional is an important opportunity to discuss changes in your financial goals or to prepare for retirement. This 3-step guide can help you organize your goals ahead of time so you can have a productive conversation when you meet.
Write Down Your Financial Goals
To create a realistic plan, think about your biggest financial goals and how you want to prioritize them.
Start organizing your priority list by asking yourself these questions:
- When do you want to retire? What lifestyle do you want in retirement?
- Do you need to set aside money for a child for college?
- Are you saving for a down payment on a home?
- Do you have loans or debt? Is paying it off a priority?
- Do you have an emergency fund?
Make a List of Questions for Your Financial Professional
To get the most out of your meeting (whether it’s your first meeting or an annual review), come prepared with questions that your financial professional can help you answer.
Here are some questions you can ask to get the conversation started:
Gather Documents to Bring to Your Meeting
Your financial professional won’t be able to get into specifics without an accurate picture of your financial situation.
Make sure to bring this information to your meeting:
- Latest statements for all your accounts (e.g., IRAs, 401(k)s, 529s, savings)
- Information about other investments or assets (e.g., stocks, real estate)
- Compensation details (e.g., pay stubs, pensions, Social Security, inheritance)
- Monthly expenses (e.g., credit cards, mortgage/rent, loans)
- Recent tax records
- Estate planning information (e.g., trust, will, life insurance)
Remember, you don’t have to go it alone. Your financial professional is a valuable resource who can help you create a financial strategy that meets your needs and goals.