By Matthew Gaude & Shawn McGuire
You don’t have to be neck-deep in the financial field to know that the markets have been a roller coaster recently. We’ve had record highs but also record declines. Whether we witness continued growth or increased volatility, it’s important to remember two things: First, markets can shift quickly, so it’s imperative to have safeguards in place to help protect your savings from inevitable future downturns. Second, as you near retirement, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy to make sure your financial plan is in line with your retirement goals.
If you haven’t addressed these two points, a financial second opinion could make a world of difference. Does this sound like you or anyone you know?
A Financial Check-Up
You can think of a second opinion as a financial check-up, similar to an annual physical or eye exam you’d get from your doctor. When we meet with your friend or family member, we’ll take the time to get to know them and become familiar with their unique financial situation. We’ll ask them to outline their financial goals and review their current plan, 401(k), investment portfolio, insurance policies, and more. We believe that their story is key to our planning process. This initial understanding allows us to get on the same page and start customizing a financial roadmap to set you on your ways towards pursuing your goals.
We’ll also answer any questions they may have about the market, strategies, or basic financial tips and principles. Then, we’ll combine all their concerns, ideas, and dreams with their current plan to see if everything lines up.
The Benefits of a Financial Check-Up
Once we see the big picture of their finances, we can work together to evaluate and adjust. If we think everything continues to be well suited to their long-term goals despite market turmoil or personal life changes, we’ll gladly tell them so and send them on their way.
If on the other hand, we think their plan no longer fits their goals or planning gaps exist, we’ll explain why without resorting to complicated jargon. And, if they’d like, we’ll recommend some alternatives. It may be that minor adjustments are needed based on their age, current economic woes, or a change in priorities and plans.
It never hurts to have a professional take a second look at their financial plan to ensure that it is up-to-date, still applicable to all aspects of their life, and is designed to achieve their long-term dreams. Regardless of the outcome of our second look, I hope they will have full confidence in us, their decisions, and their financial plan.
Do You Know Someone Who Needs This?
We’re proud to say that many of our clients are referrals other clients have made. Over the years, we’ve built strong and long-lasting relationships with clients who not only trust us to manage their money, but also trust us enough to refer their loved ones to us. We like to serve as more than just an advisor; we also aim to be an objective guide, a shoulder to lean on, a financial teacher, a cheerleader, and a professional people can rely on for honest advice. The highest compliment you can give us is to let someone else know about your exceptional experience working with Live Oak Wealth Management
If you know someone who would benefit from a financial second opinion, send them our way and let us help them evaluate where they are now, determine where they would like to go, and address any gaps that may be apparent. Or, if you think you yourself would gain from a financial check-up, please schedule a 15 minute phone call today.
Matthew Gaude is an *investment advisor representative and the co-founder of Live Oak Wealth Management, a financial services firm in Roswell, Georgia. He serves the planning and investment needs of corporate employees, those approaching or in retirement, and 401(k) plan sponsors. Working first as a commodity broker and then as a Business Development Manager for a national broker-dealer in previous jobs, he has the insights and experience to help clients understand the complexities of the market and implement strategies to minimize risk.To learn more about Matthew, connect with him on LinkedIn or visit www.liveoakwm.com.
Shawn McGuire is a financial advisor and the co-founder of Live Oak Wealth Management, a financial services firm in Roswell, Georgia. He serves the planning and investment needs of corporate employees, those approaching or in retirement, and 401(k) plan sponsors. He has worked in financial services since 2002 in positions ranging from financial advisor to stock broker and portfolio manager. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, he is trained to help clients with virtually all their financial needs. To learn more about Shawn, connect with him on LinkedIn or visit www.liveoakwm.com.
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