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The Evolution Of Financial Advice

Long gone are the days when you were a fresh high school graduate with no concept of financial literacy – so you did the best you could. In a nutshell, this meant working/earning all week and spending it over the weekend for a good time. Now, despite the fact that schools still don’t teach children the importance of managing finances, the younger generation has taken it upon itself to educate themselves about financial literacy.

This is why you might’ve noticed an increase in the number of content that is being posted on social media regarding finances. So, just like the times have changed, financial advice has also evolved over the years. It can be defined as a process solely focused on service, strategy, and then achieving the goals, which are also the essentials for financial planning. However, another aspect has added a whole new meaning to financial advice: value.

If you are interested in learning more then keep on reading as this article is going to dive head-first into the evolution of financial advice.

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Think of it like this: capitalism has created an association between value and a person’s productivity, which means that the more productive the person is, the more they value. Similarly, financial advice has also taken on the aspect of value, which is considered to add an extra layer to the entire scenario. When financial advisors offer advice, they go into the details of their client’s personal life, such as their income, their spending, and other financial decisions. These details then help the advisor provide better guidance to achieve their financial goals. The key to providing a fool-proof strategy is to understand the client’s values.

What Differentiates Values From Goals?

This is an interesting question that many people might be wondering about. However, it can be easily answered by exploring the definition of each one at a time. Let’s begin with goals. Everyone has certain goals in life regarding where they want to be in 10 years, but most people have the same financial goals, such as having a hefty bank balance, owning a house, and leading a comfortable life.

On the other hand, value is about who you are as a person. It is things like honesty, accountability, compassion, and creativity that dictate how you live and work. They influence all kinds of decisions.

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How Can That Help You As A Financial Advisor?

So, if you are a financial advisor, you already realize how important values are for some people. A family-oriented person can advise you to invest in an insurance plan for his loved ones or a religious person will want to manage finances so they can continue to donate. Coming to the client’s level, getting to know them personally, and then guiding them with their financial decisions will not only help them significantly but will also help you.

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So, what do you think of this new evolution of financial advice? Do you think traditional financial advice triumphs?

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