8 Wealth Management Issues
When it comes to financial advice, you need wisdom and guidance but most importantly, you want to ensure that the advice you receive will address your greatest financial needs - now and in the future. We've determined that there are eight common wealth management issues affecting every client, and through a patented guide I can help you systematically address each of these key areas. The 8 Wealth Management Issues isn't a cookie cutter model used to force clients into particular investments. Instead, it's a transformational process that will allow me to address your many financial needs.
The 8 Wealth Management Issues are much more than areas to discuss in our meetings. They are building blocks for providing a holistic planning approach to your greatest financial needs. It's easy to see how each of these eight areas play a key role in every client's financial future. The key differentiator is in addressing your unique needs, and I will work closely with you to create a sound financial plan exclusive to you.
Please take a moment to browse through each of the 8 Wealth Management Issues and if any apply to you, give us a call today! Your future is now!
# 1 Investment Management Issues
You've probably been bombarded with investment advice from every direction. Whether it's "financial experts" from the media or on a commercial, it seems everyone is offering an opinion regarding your financial future. Regardless of all these "experts" opinions, as your Advisors, we know your unique financial situation and can offer a recommendation that will truly allow you to pursue your goals. We can achieve this level of personalization by considering your:
- Investment goals
- Comfort level
- Tax implications
- Risk Analysis
- Income needs
- Family dynamics
- Time Horizon
# 2 Cash Flow and Debt Management
Providing a sound wealth management roadmap begins with understanding your cash flow. It's impossible to make any sound investment recommendations without having a clear picture of how your money is being spent. While cash flow is a critical component to any plan, there is also another telling indicator to review - debt. Gaining a pulse on how you manage debt will help us devise a plan that factors in your credit history and overall financial decision-making preferences. By evaluating how you spend your money each month, we may be able to identify opportunities for improving your cash flow. This may include simple tax strategies and debt management solutions such as refinancing, debt consolidation, or changing tax withholdings. By leveling the investment playing field, you may discover there's more money to invest toward your financial goals than you originally thought.
# 3 Family Risk Management
One thing is for sure - life is filled with a series for unexpected events. That's why it's important to help our clients consider potential risks when devising a financial plan. Even the most well intended plans can crumble in a second when faced with a sudden death, disability, or long-term-care need. Part of providing a comprehensive plan means knowing the possibilities that could threaten your financial future. Learning more about your situation enables us to identify potential risks and establish plans that will meet your needs now, and into the future. While you may believe your current insurance policy will provide you with insights as to whether your current plan is efficient or needs modifications. This approach will be invaluable in protecting your most important asset - your family.
# 4 Retirement Planning
With improvements in healthcare, life expectancy is on the rise. The ability to retire in financial dignity is becoming a top concern for many. In fact, you probably want to know the answers to questions like: Will I be able to retire at my desired age? What will my lifestyle be like? Can I really expect to enjoy my golden years? And what about the growing threat of a dwindling Social Security funding? The first step in addressing this growing concern is obtaining a clear vision of how you define retirement. In other words, what are you hoping to achieve? Identifying these desires will give us a starting point for determining the level of assets needed to fund that vision. Regardless of your stage in life, we can utilize a leading-edge planning tool that will detail the necessary steps to take in order to turn your goals into a reality.
# 5 Education Planning
One of the most neglected areas of personal finance is education funding for children. With media headlines forecasting tuition hikes at exponential rates, the thought of funding a college education can seem futile to many. Considering these facts, it may be surprising to learn that education funding is actually one of the easiest financial hurdles to overcome. It's without question many parents dream of sending their child to college. Education savings plans can be confusing, and it's important to have someone who can help you understand how your savings will affect your child's or grandchild's ability to qualify for financial aid, as well as the implications for your income, gift and estate tax situation. With the many education savings plans available, we can offer a solution that doesn't interfere with your other investment planning goals.
# 6 Legacy & Estate Planning
One aspect of financial planning that all too often is overlooked until it's too late is legacy planning. Ultimately a legacy plan is what ensures that your wishes are upheld at the time of your passing. While legacy planning is a complex and emotional subject, it's one of the most critical discussions to have for a number of reasons. The last thing you want is to leave your family in a position of making important decisions during an emotionally fragile state. We can help you devise a plan to ultimately reduce the stress and red tape associated with the loss of a loved one, and more importantly, keep the government from collecting valuable assets never intended for its possession. Without having a plan in place, families left behind find the government assuming authority of assets and dividing them as they see fit. To make matters worse, the government is then able to inherit a lofty tax portion of those assets, leaving family members to collect whatever may be left. By devising a legacy plan now, we can help you minimize potential estate taxes and maximize the funds left to your family, Although this topic may be uncomfortable, it's a conversation you will be forever grateful you had.
# 7 Business Planning
Running a business is no small feat. With countless immediate needs competing for your attention, it's no wonder long-term planning falls by the way side. Unfortunately, this lack of preparation places you in a very precarious position. For this reason, it's important for us to help establish a plan that not only protects your personal needs, but also the future of your business. The last thing you want is to be faced with the challenges of using your business as a sole means for retirement or lacking protection from a potentially devastating financial loss. We can help alleviate these fears by implementing strategies to protect your business, improve cash flow, taxes, and more.
# 8 Special Situations
Life is filled with a series of precious moments, as well as unexpected events. For this reason it's important for us to help you prepare for any special situation that may come your way. Whether it's planning a wedding, taking a dream vacation or encountering unexpected expenses, having a plan in place can make all the difference in ensuring your financial future remains secure. Unforeseen events, whether positive or negative, will most likely impact your financial house in some way. Sometimes special situations require you to take a hard look at areas of your investments you may be willing to sacrifice. You can trust us to help you make the best decisions by defining a path for whatever financial challenges or opportunities arise.