financial iq en-US Financial IQ Test: How Healthy Is Your Financial Plan? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/financial-iq-test-how-healthy-is-your-financial-plan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="financial planning" title="financial planning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="171" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What aspects of personal finance does your financial plan cover? Are you focusing on the right things and bouncing your ideas off somebody knowledgeable and trustworthy? Does your financial plan excite you? (Because it should.) Or do you have a plan at all?</p> <p>Following is a Financial IQ Test to help you determine how healthy your financial plan is. <strong>Simply look at each statement, and answer it with a YES, NO, or NOT SURE.</strong> Keep track of your answers, and we'll see how you score at the end. Then, check out the resource articles below to increase your knowledge base.</p> <h2>Financial IQ Test: How Healthy is your Financial Plan?</h2> <h3>Areas Covered</h3> <p>My financial plan addresses Estate Planning.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses Tax Planning.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses Insurance Planning.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses Retirement Planning.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses Budgeting and Cash Flow.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses Asset Allocation.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses both long-term and short-term savings &ndash; with specific investment goals noted.</p> <p>My financial plan addresses Emergency Funds.</p> <h3>Updating</h3> <p>My financial plan is written down, and updated at least once every three years, or when a significant life change happens.</p> <p>I re-evaluate my goals regularly and change my financial plan if my goals have significantly changed.</p> <p>I have a contingency plan.</p> <h3>Comprehensive Planning</h3> <p>My financial plan focuses on more than just investment returns and portfolio composition.</p> <p>My financial planner is somebody I feel comfortable with, and who I trust.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m not solely focused on goals for the future, and instead have short-term goals that are fulfilling and which keep me motivated and happy.</p> <p>Major life events (and goals) like having a family are taken into account and financially planned for.</p> <p>I understand that I don&rsquo;t need to be a certain age to start financial planning.</p> <p>My plan incorporates a balance between planning for tomorrow and living for today.</p> <p>My financial plan is entirely tailored to me and my needs, and is not a template.</p> <h3>Numbers and Projections</h3> <p>My financial plan takes into account inflation, as well as present and future values of money.</p> <p>My financial plan includes projections of the future values my automatic savings plans.</p> <p>The rates of return used in my financial projections are modest average returns based on a long history of performance and asset allocation standards.</p> <h2>Scoring</h2> <p>Did you keep track of how many times you answered YES, NO, and NOT SURE? Great! Give yourself the following points for each answer:</p> <p><strong>YES = 4 points</strong></p> <p><strong>NO = 0 points</strong></p> <p><strong>NOT SURE = 2 points</strong></p> <h2>Analysis</h2> <h3>Score 0-28: If you have a plan at all, it&rsquo;s not very good.</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ve got to plan for your future (as well as today), because nobody else will do it for you. On a personal note, I &ldquo;retired&rdquo; at the age of 30 because I had a financial plan from the day I started working. My intention was never to retire so young (and in reality I still have to work to keep my full-time travel lifestyle alive), but with my attention to financial fitness and diligent saving, I had the financial freedom to choose some pretty liberating options at a relatively young age. Check out some of the Wise Bread resources below to get started on your own financial plan. Remember, you&rsquo;re not committing to anything and nothing is set in stone with your financial plan; it should evolve with your life.</p> <h3>Score 29-56: Getting there&hellip;</h3> <p>Okay, so you&rsquo;ve probably thought about financial planning, and you may even have a plan of sorts in place, but you&rsquo;re probably missing out on a number of aspects of financial planning that could be very beneficial for you. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to use the services of an expert, and ask lots of questions. Knowledge is power, and being afraid of your finances does nobody any good and you a whole heap of harm. If you don&rsquo;t know what you don&rsquo;t know, then check out the resources below to get started.</p> <h3>Score 57-84: Keep on planning!</h3> <p>You likely have a fairly comprehensive financial plan, and you&rsquo;re on the right track overall. Keep reviewing your plan, and use it as a motivational road map for life &ndash; not just a dull series of meaningless projections. Remember to incorporate things into your financial plan that keep you motivated, and focus on your goals instead of dollar amounts. Knowing how your money will help you live your life and enable your dreams is much more rewarding than focusing on numbers without meaning.</p> <h2>Wise Bread Resources on Financial Planning</h2> <ul> <li><a href="">Do a Background Check Before Hiring Your Financial Advisor</a></li> <li><a href="">9 Signs you Need to Fire Your Financial Planner</a></li> <li><a href="">Contingency Plans</a></li> <li><a href="">Knowing When to Walk Away: Financial Planning for an Unknown Ending</a></li> <li><a href="">Can you Afford to Have a Baby?</a></li> <li><a href="">How to Choose a Financial Planner: Yes, You!</a></li> <li><a href="">Thrive: Your Online Personal Financial Planner</a></li> <li><a href="">How to Save Without Goals</a></li> <li><a href="">Goal Setting: Getting Out of Debt Once and For All</a></li> <li><a href="">The False Goal of Maximizing Investment Returns</a></li> <li><a href="">Is Just Leaving Some Slack Better than a Plan?</a></li> <li><a href="">Budgeting: Projection or Prophecy?</a></li> <li><a href="">Asset Allocation for All Markets</a></li> </ul> <h2>Other Financial IQ Tests on Wise Bread</h2> <ul> <li><a href="">How Healthy Is Your Debt Management?</a></li> <li><a href="">How Healthy Are Your Bank Accounts?</a></li> <li><a href="">How Healthy Is Your Budget?</a></li> <li><a href="">How Healthy Is Your Health Care Plan?</a></li> <li><a href="">How Healthy Is Your Disability Insurance?</a></li> <li><a href="">Do you Have the Best Auto Insurance Coverage for Your Needs?</a></li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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