Financial Planning Frequently Asked Questions

Why do financial planning?

Short answer: because no one can hit a moving target. The financial plan informs all financial decisions: how to invest, what to save and where, and what insurance should I purchase or drop.

What should I expect when I come in to see you?

First of all, a warm welcome and a cup of coffee. We’ll meet in one of the conference rooms at our Miami office. We’ll give you a bit of personal introduction and will be interested to learn how you came to us.

From there, we listen. We want a general snapshot of your financial position, and we’ll really want to understand your specific concerns and goals for our engagement.

This is a time of seeing if we’re a good fit. You want to know if you feel comfortable with us. We want to know if you have reasonable expectations (i.e. you don’t want a 15% return per year with no risk). If all seems a go, we’ll enter into a financial consulting arrangement.

How many visits will this take?

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7 Financial Life Hacks While Living in Miami

1. Create a budget.
If this sounds too obvious, I’ll say it again for reinforcement – are you maintaining a budget? Seriously. Miami is one of the flashiest cities in the world. If you don’t have a budget I’ll put it another way — Estas loco? It has been proven that our propensity to spend money in Miami is directly proportional to our physical proximity to Brickell/Downtown Miami and South Beach. A budget is by far the best way to keep track of your money. If you have a budget, you’re already way ahead.

2. Want to build up your credit score fast?
Pay your bills on time. In other words, “Do what you say you’re going to do, Miami.” Your payment history comprises 35% of your credit score. By contrast, your length of credit history accounts for only 15% of your overall score.

3. Time is your biggest asset.
Spend extra time with the people you care for most in life. This is easier said than done in Miami traffic. You’ll need to...

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Hurricane Financial Preparedness: Top 6 Priorities Before A Storm Hits

As I write this, the Carolinas are experiencing the worst of Hurricane Florence. I’ve ridden out half a dozen hurricanes as a native Floridian. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, I’ve seen the difference that having (or not having!) a hurricane financial preparedness plan can make. The aftermath of a hurricane is not only about the damage to life and property, but for many it can take a serious personal financial toll. As you stock up on canned food, batteries, and bottled water, don’t neglect to address these top 6 financial priorities before a storm makes landfall.

1. Review your homeowners insurance policy for hurricane financial preparedness
Odds are your home is your most valuable asset. Why roll the dice on this? Not having homeowners insurance coverage is a mistake. Having a homeowners policy with little hurricane windstorm coverage could become a catastrophe. Typically, you’ll have a windstorm deductible for hurricane damage claims...

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Five Steps to Getting Financially Organized Before Retirement

Getting financially organized before retirement can be a daunting task. There are many unknowns and it can be hard to know where to begin. For that same reason people often wait too long to address retirement needs and, unfortunately, don’t achieve the financial freedom for which they long. When people get serious about retirement, many start by analyzing their investment account(s) (or lack, thereof). Ideally, they’ll meet with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional to get them on track. In this article, I’ll share with you five steps you should take to get financially organized before retirement. Spoiler alert: None of the five steps outlined involve contributing to a retirement account! Let me explain:

The first steps to getting financially organized do not involve dollars and cents.

Financial organization starts by identifying and prioritizing what is most important to you. This is a foundational financial planning concept you need to adopt in order...

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