Information is incredibly valuable in financial planning decisions. Long ago, just about every decision a financial planner had to use was newspapers and books of data documenting changes in market conditions. They studied long and hard to make any decision. Today, technology has enabled people to access better results simply because they have more information through authentic data.
As you consider working with a financial planner for your own goals, you may wonder what they are using to make those educated decisions.
“There are so many existing and innovating tools for financial planners today that can provide incredible depth of information and value to decision making. Be warned, though. These tools still require an expert who can make decisions based on the unique needs of each client,” shares Gregory Womack, President at Womack Investment Advisers.
One of the most commonly beneficial tools financial planners use is an aggregation tool. It is a type of data management tool that allows for the collection of large amounts of valuable information that can then be used during the decision-making process. Often, this type of tool can help to gather information about a client’s financial health and create better financial goals that are more realistic and effective for the client. These tools allow financial advisors to get a real picture of a person’s needs.
Risk Profile Tools
“When you meet with your financial advisor, one of the most important conversations you’ll have is centered around risk. Everyone’s risk level is different, and your financial advisor must have a solid understanding of what feels right for you. It’s not about finding the most lucrative opportunity out there, but finding a way to ensure any strategy created and built upon is based on the risk you’re most comfortable with,” reveals Womack.
Risk profile tools help investors to get a better idea of what your unique needs are. Every investment carries some risk, but that doesn’t mean all risk is equal. By using a tool like this, investment professionals gain more insight into the types of risk that you may be willing and able to take on and which levels of risk may be outside of your comfort zone. These looks enable investors to create very accurate risk profiles, and while these can change over time, they should always reflect the specific needs of the individual.
Performance Reporting Tools
Financial advising is a long-term process. The decisions made during the initial meeting will need time to play out, and that also means reviewing where portfolios stand at various times. Performance reporting tools help to do that. These tools allow for the creation of graphs and other visual tools that can help you to see how your investments are performing at any time. With the help of your financial advisor, you can talk about the good and bad and make adjustments to better align with your needs.
These reporting tools do not tell the investor what to do but share just accurate information about what’s occurred, putting it in a way that’s easy to understand and visualize. You’ll still need your advisor to consider future goals and changes in market conditions to know what’s coming next, though.
What Else Do Financial Advisors Use?
Today’s financial advisor has many tools to help support your needs as an investor. If you need more information or want different types of research, just ask.
“The goal of the work we do as a financial advisors is always to provide our clients with information, advice, and guidance, but to empower them to make decisions that fit their long-term needs and beliefs. We work closely with our clients to provide education and support. This is their money and their future,” states Womack.
You can talk to your financial advisor about any of your needs. They use a wide range of tools to support their efforts, including
- Mobile apps that can help you to better manage your investments and stay up to date on key information.
- Tools that enable you to sign documents and manage investment decisions through highly secure tools.
- Retirement planning tools that can help you to visually see where your investments are and how they are working towards your goals.
- Budget tools and resources to help you to balance your money more effectively while allowing you to be more in control over the long-term outcome you have.
Tools are valuable resources, but they do not replace the guidance of a highly skilled financial advisor. They can help you with the decision-making and management of your investments over time.
About Womack Investment Advisers
Womack Investment Advisors was founded in 2000 with the goal of providing clients with a way to work toward financial security and build a plan for the future while working to protect assets. An independent group, the company works to use its proprietary research to guide clients in achieving their goals. Greg Womack heads the company as it works to create diversified portfolios that meet the expectations of clients, often using tools that create better results over standard financial advisory methods.