If you believe financial planning is for corporate high-flyers with plenty of money, think again. From the most basic savings principles to the most complex deals, financial planning - and financial planners - can be your greatest ally when it comes to achieving your financial goals. Getting married, saving for a holiday, car or first home, planning for retirement - these are just a few of the 'trigger events' in your life where financial planning can be of huge benefit to you. Your Mortgage takes a look at the key components of a financial plan, including a personal balance sheet of financial assets and liabilities and how to determine your short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. We also look at the key things to look out for when choosing a financial planner, the fees and charges you will have to pay and the option of do-it-yourself financial planning.

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