Every circumstance is unique, and there are countless financial strategies available for meeting and addressing goals. Here you’ll find some of the many areas where the advisors at Finity Group can either help directly, or provide guidance to your financial plan.
Taking stock of your current position is where any financial plan must begin.
Setting Goals – Outline what you’re looking to accomplish. This is often specific, such as investing for retirement or funding a child’s education. It can be more general too, possibly looking to understand how much home you can afford or simply begin to learn what makes up a strong financial plan.
Determining Net Worth – Assets measured against liabilities. This serves to chart forward progress while also addressing issues as they may arise.
Developing a Budget – Understand regular cash in and outflows. This assists in developing appropriate saving rates and debt reduction efforts.
Reviewing Employer Benefits & Retirement Plans – Benefit packages are never perfect. A thorough review will help identify deficiencies, as well as, how best to address these short-comings.
Many people have a need to invest outside of traditional retirement vehicles in order to meet long-term wealth accumulation goals. There are innumerable options to meet these planning goals. These accounts and platforms have fewer contribution and access limitations, though investors need to be conscious of tax planning. A few common areas you may consider within the scope of your plan include:
- Brokerage Accounts
- Direct Mutual Fund Accounts
- Institutional Platforms
- Educational Savings, such as 529 Plans, Coverdell Educational Savings or Gifting Accounts
- Separately Managed Accounts
- Trust & Estate Accounts
- Health Savings Accounts
An investment strategy will evolve over time as goals are met and priorities change. Proper investment management requires regular review and each strategy should be considered in conjunction with the financial plan’s overall purpose.
There are a wide variety of accounts that are designed specifically for meeting retirement income needs. These plans may be offered by an employer or you may need to establish plans on your own. Traditional retirement vehicles carry tax incentives as well. Each account has specific rules for contributions and restrictions associated with distributions. Common accounts include:
- Roth IRA
- Traditional/Rollover IRA
- Profit Share
- SEP IRA
- Simple IRA
- Pension Plans
- Inherited IRA
Advisors at Finity Group can help you understand and best utilize the plans available through your employer, or establish a plan for your practice or small business. Our advisors can also help navigate the decision to rollover or transfer retirement accounts. If you would like to discuss establishing an account or review your current portfolio, please visit us here.
Insulating your plan from undue risk is a necessary step in the planning process. Below you’ll find a selection of insurances that may be appropriate to consider for your personal situation.
Life Insurance – Provides liquidity in the event of a premature death, affording the beneficiary resources to meet obligations. For families this may help cover a mortgage, replace a portion of income or create educational resources for a child. For a business a life insurance policy may cover a bank obligation or ensure that ownership can be retained by the surviving partner. A properly structured life policy may also assist in estate planning, address the needs of a child with special needs, or even serve as a tax-shelter.
Disability Insurance – Regular ongoing income is necessary for the success of any financial plan. Disability insurance coverage is easily the most important feature in a well-developed financial plan as it serves to replace income should you be unable to work. Offered in a variety of forms, though we prefer a more comprehensive policy with an own occupation definition.
Long-Term Care – An asset preservation policy designed to help limit spending down retirement or personal assets in the event care is needed later in life. Policies may help address the cost of in-home, specialized, or facility-based care.
Health/Medical – Serves to address health care related expenses and needs. Employer sponsored plans typically offer a few options, from comprehensive to catastrophic, depending on needs. There are a variety of plans available for individuals and small business owners.
Property & Casualty – Coverage for your residence, car, or personal possessions.
Umbrella/Liability – Used in conjunction with home and auto coverage, it provides an additional degree of protection should such coverages become exhausted. Often, this coverage goes overlooked, yet it can provide an inexpensive enhancement to your asset protection strategy.
Malpractice – As a medical professional it’s imperative you own comprehensive coverage. Reviewing coverage to understand the scope of your protection is an important part of the planning process.
Should you be an owner or partner in a business there may be additional strategies such as buy-sell arrangements, policy collateralization, or key-person arrangements that may be of benefit.
Find out how to guard against risk here.
For most individuals, contending with some sort of debt will be an inevitable part of life. Although often looked upon with a negative connotation, not all debt is created equal and management of one’s liabilities becomes a significant part of a financial plan. The advisors at Finity Group can help evaluate, prioritize, and address debts within a financial plan, including the following common obligations.
Student Loans – Your employment and career goals will be a major determinant in the approach you will take in the repayment of student loans. There are many options; conventional, income based plans or pay as you earn, as well as private consolidation, to name a few. Advisors at Finity Group will not help consolidate your student loans, but can help evaluate the most appropriate strategy for repayment.
Home Purchase Evaluation – For many the dream of owning a home is a central financial goal, one that needs to be evaluated alongside other financial priorities. Advisors at Finity Group cannot secure financing, but can take an objective view in helping to determine how much home you can afford without limiting other financial objectives. Advisors will help determine appropriate down-payment levels, evaluate rates, and the true cost of a mortgage, as well as current lending options available in the market.
Practice Acquisition or Practice Start-Up – Commercial lending differs in many ways from securing a mortgage for a home. There are additional bank requirements and planning tools that will be necessary to consider during this process.
Consumer, Auto and Personal Loans – Should you have consumer debts or find yourself in the market for a new vehicle, it’s important to evaluate how these payments will impact your overall financial plan.
The advisors at Finity Group can assist you in understanding the role that debt plays in your financial strategy. This can include leveraging debt in an appropriate manner, while also taking care to repay obligations by the most timely and efficient method.
Should you like us to help you evaluate your debt package please contact us here.