What to Expect at Your First Meeting and Beyond Once you’ve found an advisor (or two) to meet with, have a game plan for the first meeting. Be prepared for the types of questions your advisor will ask you so that you can be ready with useful information. This will help ensure the meeting is… Read More A Guide to Determining If You Should Work With a Financial Advisor [Part III]
…and 403(b) Plans & 457 Plans First things first, a 401(k) is NOT an investment. It is a TYPE of qualified retirement account. You, as the participant of the company retirement plan, must choose HOW to invest your money within the 401(k) account. When you start a job at a mid-sized or larger private employer,… Read More The 401(k) Cheat Sheet…
“It turns out my job was not to find great investments but to help create great investors,” writes Carl Richards, author of “The Behavior Gap.” From increasing our budget mindfulness to taking a steadier approach to investing, Richards has drawn attention to how our unexamined behaviors and emotions can be to our detriment when it… Read More Closing the Behavior Gap: Building a Bridge Between Investing & Financial Planning
Are you prepared for 2023? From soaring inflation and rising interest rates to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and war in Ukraine, we can expect the economic landscape to remain predictably unpredictable for the foreseeable future. And Mr. Market doesn’t like it when it’s foggy. While there’s not much we can do to influence the… Read More 2023 Financial Planning: Your Key To-Do List for the New Year
You may already be aware of the importance of having enough life insurance coverage to handle financial matters that could affect your family in the event of your death. However, determining the appropriate amount of coverage for your family can be complicated. Rather than using an arbitrary formula, such as having enough coverage to equal… Read More Life Insurance: How Much is Enough?
While there is no one-size fits all, avoiding these mistakes is a good start. A lot of 401(k)/403(b) investors end up making the same mistakes when choosing their investments. The results are low returns and unbalanced portfolios. Avoiding these four mistakes is a good start for getting more out of your 401(k)/403(b). There is no… Read More Four Common 401(k) & 403(b) Mistakes to Avoid
Sequence of returns can play a role in the success or failure of your Plan. A thoughtful retirement strategy may help you pursue your many retirement goals. That strategy must consider many factors, and here are just a few: your income needs, the order of your withdrawals from taxable and tax-advantaged retirement accounts, the income… Read More How Market Cycles Can Impact Your Retirement
THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH A CFP® PROFESSIONAL The first step in a financial planning engagement is to do a thorough review to assess where you stand and then work with you to develop your personal financial goals. From there, together we make a plan designed to reach your financial goals, guide you through it… Read More The Financial Planning Process