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The Rise of Financial Wellness: Redefining the Future of Financial Planning

In the UK, the latest research from reveals that the average person has £11,185 in savings, while a staggering 1 in 6 individuals have no savings at all. This underscores a pressing issue: discussions around financial objectives, retirement, and estate planning may seem distant for the average Brit. Perhaps what’s needed is a more relatable approach that resonates with individual circumstances, transforming mindsets around finances. Enter Financial Wellness, a topic gaining prominence in financial planning discussions, offering a gateway for individuals to better connect with their finances and embark on a journey toward proper financial planning. After all, discussing a £20,000 annual allowance for an ISA seems futile when many lack sufficient savings to fill it. Instead, Financial Wellness prioritises debt management, emergency funds, budgeting, and general financial literacy, laying the foundation for individuals to take control of their financial futures.

This presents a significant opportunity for advice firms to engage with new clients, particularly the younger generation, and to position themselves as the go-to destination for future clients set to inherit wealth—ushering in a return to relevance for traditional Financial Planning.


Understanding Financial Wellness

Financial Planning and Financial Wellness, while related, serve distinct purposes. Financial Planning focuses on specific long-term financial goals like retirement lifestyle or wealth transfer efficiency, creating a roadmap to achieve these objectives through various financial mechanisms. Conversely, Financial Wellness adopts a more holistic and educational approach, extending beyond numbers and investments to encompass an individual’s overall financial health, emotional well-being, and stress reduction. This broader perspective combines health and wealth into a holistic discussion around general well-being. A recent survey by found that 60% of respondents identified finances as their main source of stress, underscoring the clear interlink between health and wealth.

Financial Wellness revolves around cultivating habits—spending, saving, budgeting, and learning—to empower individuals to take control of their financial futures.


Why is this good for Financial Planners?

For advisers, creating Financial Wellness programs presents a potent tool for business development. Engaging those in need of financial guidance, yet not yet suitable for a comprehensive financial plan, presents a commercial opportunity; bridging the gap between financial planning and the mass market. These programs expand a firm’s brand into a younger audience hungry for financial knowledge. As individuals engage and develop financial literacy and improved budgeting habits, they become better equipped for comprehensive Financial Planning services in the future. Additionally, Financial Wellness programs can enhance client retention by forging deeper connections beyond traditional financial planning, incorporating health and wellness elements. However, the main disadvantage lies in the time commitment required to launch new initiatives, particularly for firms already grappling with regulations, recruitment issues, and fee pressures. Leveraging technology can alleviate some of these challenges, streamlining processes and automating engagement; something which we have deployed successfully in our business through HubSpot CRM.


Connecting with Younger Clients

Expanding services to focus on Financial Wellness enables firms to provide wider incentives for new clients. Broadening the discussion to encompass mental and physical wellness creates an attractive package and removes taboos surrounding finances and financial planning. Imagine the engagement a firm could garner by integrating access to premium gyms and mental health support into their Financial Wellness programs—potentially in partnership with platforms like Better Help and premium gyms like Third Space. These initiatives could extend to employee benefit programs for businesses, further enhancing client engagement.



Financial Planning is evolving, and firms must adapt to connect with clients in new ways. Financial Wellness offers an avenue to bridge health and wealth for clients while generating new opportunities for advisers. As firms seek to modernise and connect with younger audiences for long-term client retention, Financial Wellness is poised to become a prominent discussion piece. By embracing this holistic approach, firms can position themselves as leaders in the evolving landscape of financial planning, cementing their relevance for the future.

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