Setting Goals and Objectives

Give some thought to your financial goals. Some may be short-term in nature, others long-term. Assign each one a time frame and put them in order of importance to you. These goals are the building blocks to any sound financial plan. Our Getting Started section can assist you in identifying goals and establishing time frames. Your Savings Tool will determine the savings required to meet your financial goals.



Data Gathering

Begin by Organizing Your Financial Documents. Assess your current financial situation by completing a Net Worth Statement and a Cash Inflow/Outflow Worksheet.



Analysis And Solutions

Depending on the goals that you established in Step 1, you will need to perform some further analysis to define a roadmap to help you achieve your goals. This may include analyzing your retirement, education, debt or insurance needs.?For most Canadians, Retirement Planning is a major goal that requires considerable financial commitment. By completing the Retirement Contribution Calculator we can show you where you are today and how much you need to save to meet your retirement goals.?With the costs of a typical four-year Canadian university undergraduate degree program currently estimated to be about $40,000 including room and board, and that figure rising, most parents consider Education Planning an important long-term financial goal, and a regular investment plan is an important part of this strategy.
Our Education Savings Tool is designed to assist you in determining how much you need to save today in order to meet future education costs.?While you may not wish to drastically alter your lifestyle, a budget is important for planning purposes and to determine the availability of funds to set aside for savings. Debt Management is the ability to handle your current debt and whether one can assume further debt. Since most of us incur debt at some point in our lives, effective debt management is critical to a sound financial plan. Debt reduction often ranks as a primary financial goal, especially if it includes paying down a mortgage.
The first step is to determine how much you currently owe using our Total Debt Worksheet. The second step will determine your Total Debt Service Ratio (TDS), which Financial Institutions use to measure your current debt situation in order to assess and approve your credit and loan applications.?Life can be unpredictable. Whatever your age and personal situation, make sure you have a plan in place to provide for your survivors. Mortgage Life Insurance and Mortgage Critical Illness Insurance can help to ensure that your family is adequately prepared in the event of your death. ?Any goal, regardless of the amount, can best be served by applying a systematic approach to savings. Consider investing regular amounts to your plan during the year as opposed to attempting to come up with large amounts when it is required. Not only do you avoid the rush and pressure, but you take advantage of dollar-cost averaging. TD's Pre-Authorized Purchase Plan Tool will show you how to implement this important strategy for any of your goals.



Recommendations

Now that you have established goals and objectives, you will want to begin by implementing the recommendations that will ensure that you reach these goals.



Implementation

Once the preparatory work of analyzing, determining and calculating is finished, the most important step is implementing the recommendations to ensure your goals are reached. TD Waterhouse Financial Planning and the TD Mutual Fund Centre are designed to assist you in establishing a well-diversified portfolio that will help you meet your goals by spreading risk, reducing volatility and enhancing the potential for solid long-term returns. No matter what the goal, a well-balanced portfolio, based on your individual investor profile is a requirement of any financial plan. Your financial planner may assist you in either implementing the recommendations or in coordinating with other professionals.



Follow-up and Periodic Reviews

Finally, follow-up and annual reviews by both yourself and your financial planner are critical to ensuring your success. Your financial situation should be reassessed at least once a year to account for any changes in your life cycle or economic conditions. Achieving your goals and objectives are the ultimate measure of success in the 6 steps to a personal financial plan.