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Financial Literacy #8: Should You Use a Financial Planner?

As you’ve learned throughout this master class, financial planning is a journey towards achieving your personal and financial aspirations. It's more than just numbers; it's about setting and reaching goals that matter to you. This process can seem overwhelming, but with the right support, it becomes an empowering path to financial security and peace of mind.

Imagine navigating a complex city for the first time without a map. That's akin to managing your financial future without a plan. A financial advisor acts as your navigator, helping you chart a course that aligns with your personal aspirations, whether that's buying a dream home, securing a child's education, or enjoying a worry-free retirement. At Attentive Investments, we prioritize understanding what you value most, assisting you in setting realistic goals and timelines, and making informed decisions that guide you closer to your aspirations.

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Financial Literacy #7: Your Retirement Income Plan

As you approach retirement, you’ll want to think through your retirement income plan. Common retirement income strategies include:

Drawing off the income

After you’ve spent years saving for retirement and building your nest egg, you’ll want to find a balance between a withdrawal rate that gives you assurance that your savings will last, but doesn’t shortchange your standard of living.

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Financial Literacy #6: Estate Planning

What will happen to all your hard work after you pass away? Estate Planning is the process of making a plan ahead of time to decide who will benefit from all you accumulated during your life, and is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your final wishes are honored.

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Financial Literacy #5: Non-Retirement Investment Strategies

Have you invested for retirement? Do you have extra cash flow? After you’ve built up a solid retirement base, here are some other strategies to consider:

Individual or joint accounts

General investment accounts provide you with flexibility. Individual or joint accounts can help you save for your short, medium, or long-term goals and allow you to invest without the restraints of tax-deferred accounts. Withdrawals are penalty-free in the near-term, though you will pay taxes on dividends and capital gains.

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Financial Literacy #4: How to Build Your Nest Egg

During your income-earning years, maximize your retirement plan contributions to build your nest egg and retirement savings:


A 401(k) plan is a retirement savings plan sponsored by your employer, which allows you to save and invest part of your paycheck before taxes are taken out. Many employers offer an employer match, usually ranging dollar for dollar anywhere from 2-5% of your salary deferral (depending on the plan). If you elect not to participate, you essentially leave money on the table.

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Financial Literacy #3: Becoming Debt Free

Your biggest wealth building tool is your income. If your debt payments leave you with nothing left over at the end of the month, it’s time to get serious about paying off your debt.

Start with a financial inventory of your current assets (savings and retirement accounts, business accounts, home equity) and liabilities (credit cards, student loans, mortgage payments, car payments).

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Financial Literacy #1: Planning for Your Financial Future

Financial planning is more than just investing. Holistic financial planning is the process of pursuing your life goals (planning for retirement, buying a home, saving for your child’s education, leaving a legacy for your family) through smart management of your resources. A solid financial plan includes goals, net worth, cash flow, retirement strategies, long-term investments, and estate planning.

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