How often should you review your financial plan?
If you haven’t looked at your plan in more than six months, then you’re overdue.
When people build a financial plan, they spend a lot of time thinking about their goals and sitting with a financial advisor to find out the best way to achieve them. But what happens once the portfolio is created and the investments are in place?
Is it time to go on automatic pilot?
In a world with volatile markets and changing personal circumstances, autopilot isn’t a smart idea.
In the words of chess player Paul Morphy, “Help your pieces so they can help you.”
If you just leave your pieces (i.e., your investments) alone, they may not perform at their best. But if you periodically review your portfolio’s composition, and make sure all is following your financial plan, you can help your money be more effective.
It is a good idea to review your finances twice a year, and more if you undergo significant life change such as marriage, divorce, having children, or a career change. As your life circumstances change, so do your needs and levels of risk.
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Douglas Goldstein, co-author of Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You A Grandmaster of Investing, is an avid chess fan, international investment advisor and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).