Financial planning is an important part of overall planning of any business organisation. It is the process of determining the objectives, policies, procedures, programmes and budgets to deal with the corporate financial activities'of an enterprise.
Importance of financial planning :
(i) It helps in forecasting what may happen in future under different business situations.
(ii) It helps in avoiding business shocks and surprises and helps the company in preparing for the future.
(iii) It helps in coordinating various business functions.
(iv) It tries to link the present with the future.
(v) It provides a link between investment and financing decisions on a continuous basis.
(vi) It helps in reducing waste, duplication of efforts and gaps in planning.
(vii) It acts as the basis of control, by spelling out the objectives of various business segments.