Life can become a real hell when there is no proper planning for each stage. To make it easier for you, today we present a guide on How to Choose a Financial Planning Software.
Why use a Financial Planning Software
When you are young you must do many things, because it is the moment where we have the most energy, one of the most important is the planning of our life, taking into account the goals we want to achieve in it.
In our youth, we already can visualize what our life will be like in a few years and to begin to design the strategies that we must develop to achieve our goals. A very important tool is financial planning, which will serve to know the steps we will have to take to achieve important goals such as retirement.
However, to carry out this planning process, it is important to have software that allows us to design the steps that we will follow to achieve the financial objectives that we have.
What to look for in a Financial Planning Software
Today, financial planning software is of high quality and gives you an overview of what your financial plan will be, taking into account your goals, your sociodemographic traits, and your economic level.
The amount of software on the market is so high that the problem is no longer whether you need software or not. Currently, what you need to know is how to identify the best software for you. To find out, take the following into account:
The software interface must be easy to use to enter data and generate reports with speed, quality, and clarity so that they meet the necessary explanatory requirements so that you or your financial advisor can understand it quickly.
Besides, you should have close options (in one or two clicks at most) so you don’t waste too much time using the software. In this way, the technical part spends as little time as possible, while the analytical part does a work of more time, more complete, and with high-quality data.
In conclusion, software that is understandable to the user must be intuitive. This saves a lot of time (which is spent on analysis and strategy building) and you quickly learn to use the interface.
Evaluate your needs
Remember that this topic is not about choosing the software with the most financial planning tools or with the most innovations in the industry.
When choosing a software of this type you must focus on what you will do with it.
- What do you want it for?
- What are your goals?
- And what tools do you need to plan those goals?
- Do you know any software that has them all?
Before buying software, evaluate your life, your moment, and your objectives.
Once defined look for (from the hand of your financial advisor) the software that meets the requirements you need to make the planning of the steps you will take to reach those objectives that you have already meditated and selected.
Ease of entering your data
Any software on this planet requires real data to be able to generate reports that serve to make correct financial planning.
For this reason, the software you choose must facilitate the incorporation of the data, distributed in a single template (tab) with labels that help you identify where each goes to give you quick advice to find the fields of interest.
Basically, at this point we have to talk about the 3 planning systems that we can find in the market:
The system based on objectives:
- This software is dedicated to the evaluation of the income that has a client-focused on a given goal in the long or short term.
- This type of strategy has the goal of assessing whether the person has enough capital to achieve the goal that has been set in the given time.
- It is generally recommended for people who are focused on their retirement.
A system based on cash flows:
- This system is focused on analyzing each client’s income.
- Through this process, the aim is to determine what these revenues can be used to become efficient assets to achieve one or several previously set objectives.
- This type of software will try to find the right place for each ticket that you deposit in your bank account, maximizing your savings and expected returns.
- A software that is based on a different process to the two previous ones.
- Its objective is to make short and long-term investments with different types of risk, trying to “lengthen the money”.
- That is to say, it is sought that the income obtained by the user has high durability (until retirement), which allows him to reach goals.
Now, the software that you will have to choose will be the one that has more flexibility, which allows you to change from one modality to another easily.
Remember that each person is different. You may have goals that place you in the goal-based system. However, over time your liquidity may increase so your financial planning needs can be moved to a cash flow-based system.
Then the software you will have to choose will be the one that allows you to make these changes without having to reincorporate the user data or create another template. If you choose software with flexibility, you will be able to have better projections and results.
In conclusion, the software we choose must be modern and contain the 3 types of systems that are within the financial planning to save time in the change of objectives that a person has.
A very important aspect of financial planning is the projection systems that are used to determine what possible scenarios the user will have to face and how they will impact on the final objective.
At this point, it is positive but not excluding to have software that makes a large number of projections based on different methods such as:
- Monte Carlo
- The Line Method (Least Recommended)
- The Binomial Method
Or other methods of statistical calculation of financial scenarios.
Projections that allow negative and positive scenarios to be included by distributing different probabilities to each one can give more realistic results. On this, a linear projection speaks to us of a state of “freezing” where people’s income and investments will not vary in their yields over time.
On the other hand, the binomial system takes into account all possible changes giving each one a probability of occurrence. This last method will give us a closer approximation to reality, although this does not mean that it is an accurate prediction.
For the above reasons, getting the software with a projection system based on different methodologies is the best option. In this way, we will be able to make more realistic projections of how our financial plan will evolve.
Quality reports at a glance
In the financial planning software market, the myth has been created that the more complexity, the better the result. At least that seems to be the case in the development that some companies have carried out with the objective that their systems generate hundreds of pages full of complex information.
On the contrary, the idea is that the software that you decide to use counts on simplicity (without losing quality) in your reports. So that it is understandable even for a person without very advanced knowledge in the matter.
Complement the work of the software by hiring an advisor
In financial planning, there are very simple and other quite complex issues for which you will need an expert to attend and solve them. For this reason, you must hire a financial advisor to explain and implement the strategies obtained by the financial planning software. Besides, the advisor will be able to design a specific plan that suits your savings and investment needs.
Now, if you are a financial advisor and do not have financial planning software, you are wasting time and lagging far behind your competition. It’s time to update and improve productivity, for that, obviously, you need a high-quality digital ally.
Remember that the perfect software hasn’t been created yet, so don’t look for something that meets all the requirements we mentioned above, just use them to choose the software that best suits your needs. Good luck!