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Get organized and reduce Personal Financial stress

Reduce personal financial stress by getting organized

A little organization can go a long way to reducing personal financial stress

A recent national survey conducted for the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) found that money is the leading source of stress among Canadians. Money and financial matters are a bigger stressor than work, personal health or relationships. 51% of women and 40% of men are losing sleep over financial worries and almost half or 45% are embarrassed about their lack of control over finances.   Highlights of the survey on financial stress can be found here 

Unlike other kinds of stress that can make your adrenaline go into overdrive and raise your energy level which can lead to a fight or flight response, financial stress is different. Financial stress often leads to a debilitating form of mental burden that is hard to shake and can have other long-term consequences of the very unfavorable kind.

What’s the answer?  How can you reduce personal financial stress?

  1. Breathe
  2. Organize
  3. Embrace Technology
  4. Review
  5. Simplify

Answer: All of the above and keep them going

Dealing with “cluttered” finances & personal financial stress can be debilitating

Organization is a key and positive first step to successful personal financial management & reducing stress that can help you achieve future success.  Organization & simplifying are both BIG stress reducers. Organization goes beyond where things are. Organization is about knowing what you have which is way better than not knowing and imaging the worst.

Knowing what you have is the first step in moving forward towards what you want to achieve and where you want to be down the road. Knowing what you have on an ongoing basis will help you monitor your progress and keep you motivated towards your goals.

Our web-based LegacyTracker personal financial organizer helps you reduce personal financial stress by helping you to organize and:

  1. Safeguard important documents by scanning/saving them inside LegacyTracker
  2. Enhance your peace of mind by sharing important information you wish to share with your loved ones or professional advisors
  3. Receive reminders and alerts about what you still need to do in terms of being organized around your personal financial affairs

Organization can also help you Assimilate, Eliminate, or Consolidate helping you to Simplify

The process of becoming more organized can better highlight the fact that you might have multiple accounts or providers that can be consolidated or eliminated which will mean less paperwork management and maybe reduced costs over the longer term. You might also find while you are organizing, that you have gaps or opportunities that you had not taken care of previously because they were missed in some of the clutter

Getting organized is a Gift to you AND your family in the short and longer term. Disorganized personal financial/estate information can cause additional grief, expense & stress inadvertently for a loved one that you care about. Helping a spouse or family member or friend organize their own affairs is also a gift worth offering.

Our LegacyTracker financial organizing tool provides the ability to share what you want to share with loved ones or advisors for that specific reason. LegacyTracker can help you and your family members reduce personal financial stress

 

International Credit Union Day

Happy International Credit Union Day !

Credit Unions are an important feature of Canadian Life

Co-operative financial institutions are owned & democratically controlled by their members & Canada has a long history of having a strong co-operative financial services sector with Credit Unions playing a significant role. Indeed, Canada has the world’s highest per capita membership in the credit union movement, with over 10 million members, or about one-third of the Canadian population belonging to one. That makes them 100% Canadian owned. In over 380 Canadian communities, they are the only financial institution, offering essential financial services for those local economies. However, all Canadian Credit Unions pride themselves on having a local focus:

  •  More than 736 credit unions (and caisses populaires) in more than 3,100 locations
  •  Over 10.2 million members
  •  $303 billion in combined assets
  •  More than 27,000 employees

The Canadian credit union system contributed more than $49.3 Million through direct donations, financial services, sponsorships, scholarships and bursaries in 2013 (up from $35.6 Million the year prior)

The 2014 Ipsos® Best Banking Awards for the 10th consecutive year has reported that Canadians have ranked credit unions first among all Canadian financial institutions for:

  • Overall Customer Service Excellence
  • Branch Service Excellence
  • “Value my Business”

Credit unions tied for first among all financial institutions for :

  • Financial Planning & Advice
  • Automated Telephone Banking Excellence and
  • Live Agent Telephone Banking Excellence

Read more about the Ipsos® Best Banking Awards here 

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business,  Credit Unions also outperform all banks in serving small and medium-sized enterprises. Credit Unions have been ranked #1 by CFIB members in 4 of the last 5 of their triennial surveys (2000,2003,2009 & 2012) . Read more here 

Credit unions also boast a very rich history of innovation.

Thank a Credit Union for many of these “Firsts” that for the most part, we all now take for granted:

  •  First financial institutions to lend to women in their own names (in the 1960s)
  •  First to offer daily interest savings
  •  First full-service ATMs
  •  First fully functional online banking
  •  First loans based on borrower character
  •  First payroll deduction service for deposits and loan payments
  •  First open mortgages
  •  First home equity lines of credit
  •  First debit card service.
  •  First registered education plans.
  •  First branchless bank (Citizens Bank)
  •  First cheque imaging service

So Happy International Credit Union Day ! A day that internationally, is a day to recognize the positive impact that Credit Unions make in their communities around the world. ICU Day. Have a good one.

Credit Unions across Canada matter. You can read more of the facts behind recent changes announced in the 2013 Federal Budget here 

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LegacyTracker

Personal Financial Management tools offer big benefits

Banks already know:

Personal Financial Management tools offer BIG benefits …

Other financial service providers can benefit as well

An article recently from Finextra notes that the number of banks adopting Personal Financial Management (PFM) tools to their clients has doubled in the last 3 years.  Why are banks adopting personal financial management tools and what kind of justifications are there in choosing a particular PFM ? A study of a large number of banks highlighted the following 3 benefits for offering personal financial management tools to clients:

  1. Banks want to defend their market position. Banks see PFM as a tool to differentiate their brand & create a new valuable service for their customers
  2. Banks want to increase customer satisfaction, to create loyalty and retention-Banks see the convenience, control & simplicity & organization that benefits their customers. PFM can help customers succeed in achieving their goals (that’s good for everyone)
  3. Banks see PFM as a strategic tool for revenue generation-PFM creates cross-and-up-sell opportunities and provides the marketing staff with better insight into customer needs

The author of the study sums up PFM as being a lucrative revenue generator.. We agree. But it’s a Win/Win offering with a lot to offer users & providers.

Read more from the Finextra article by Artak Vardanyan of Misys  here 

LegacyTracker helps consumers and clients simplify, safeguard & share their important financial/legal and estate information & documents. LegacyTracker helps provide a 360 degree view of finances with reminders & alerts for what needs to be worked on next. In this way, LegacyTracker is a personal financial management tool & can deliver the benefits noted in the article (plus some others).

PFM Offerings should not just be exclusive to Banks 

The benefits of offering a PFM to clients or account holders is not restricted to banks. Wealth Management firms, Credit Unions, Asset managers, Professional service providers like lawyers/Accountants or Estate executors or Member Based organizations have much to gain when clients are better organized, less stressed and more engaged with their financial/estate information.

Connect with us to learn more

 

FinTech Innovation

Behold: A groundswell of interest/opportunity in FinTech

An inspiring and very encouraging article from the Wall Street Journal worth sharing…Innovation is cool in finance.

The Wall Street Journal goes as far as describing it as a

new dawn breaking” in finance

innovation in Finance & more specifically, the interest in financial technology around the world is escalating. It turns out, there’s a lot of interest in overhauling how financial institutions & their clients operate and institutions and organizations are turning to start-ups to help fulfill the demand for that work.

Global interest in FinTech ventures has tripled during the past 5 years to $2.97 Billion . So who specifically are the innovators in making change happen in finance? Financial News has now launched its first FinTech 40 power list to highlight who the change makers areThese individuals are for the most part based in Europe and working in European markets. The list includes entrepreneurs, consultants, accelerators, and financial institutions so read on.

Read the WSJ article by Anna Irrera here