As a Value-Based Planner, one of your top money goals is to think about how you can use it to help the people or organizations you love and care about. You might dedicate a nice chunk of your monthly income to charities or philanthropic causes.
Every financial personality has a few blind spots. Yes, even you, the future-oriented and charitable Value-Based Planners! Here are some of the potential challenges you may come across:
Though you probably do like to have a hand in managing your own finances, as a Value-Based Planner you tend to care more about how you can use your money for good rather than the nitty-gritty details of your everyday finances. You may use a monthly budget to plan for a long-term goal that’s important to you, but you tend to find daily management of your finances uninteresting.
And that’s OK. Not everyone wants to be their own full-time money managers. Instead, you can ensure your finances are on track by checking in with a financial advisor. You might also want to check out Marcus Insights, a free set of financial tools and trackers available on the Marcus app and marcus.com.
You can link your saving, spending, and investing accounts, so you can track your cash flow, visualize your spending by category (including tracking how much you’ve given in charitable donations to your favorite causes) and better understand your money habits. For Value-Based Planners, the easy-to-use tools can be particularly appealing, since you’re not as interested in daily tracking and management of your finances but still might want to know where your finances stand.
As a Value-Based Planner, you may make money-related decisions quickly, as a way to avoid missed opportunities. This could be the case if the decision relates to an outcome that could help the people and organizations you care about.
But your speediness could lead you to make decisions without doing your due diligence, or choose a financial route that ends up being less beneficial. You may want to think about running some of your big financial choices by a financial advisor who can help you understand how they will play out a bit more broadly. And if you use Marcus Insights, you could have an understanding of your bigger financial picture, so your decisions (even if they are occasionally swift) feel more informed.
Broadly speaking, as a Value-Based Planner you may not be current on all matters pertaining to personal finance, especially if it relates more to short-term planning or daily money management. And if you’re rushing certain decisions along on top of that, you might end up making choices that aren’t actually the best for you.
If that resonates with you, don’t worry! There are a few things you can do to tackle this. You might start by doing some research about the topic in consideration (we have some good resources on Marcus.com). You may also consider working with a financial advisor who could help fill in those knowledge gaps and also help you keep tabs on some of the daily or short-term money topics you’re not as interested in.
Remember, when it comes to figuring out our financial lives, knowledge is power! With that in mind, Value-Based Planners may find the following resources beneficial when organizing your financial lives (and creating the solid long-term plan you desire):
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And if you’re interested in learning more about personality type (including the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types) you can take the MBTI assessment! The MBTI is designed to assess your personality based on preferences toward Extraversion or Introversion; Sensing or Intuition; Thinking or Feeling; and Judging or Perceiving. Note, payment is required to take the MBTI and receive your results.
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