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Financial Planner and National Leader Richard C. Salmen Joins Family Investment Center

Family Investment Center Now Offering Expanded Financial Planning Services

 

Family Investment Center is expanding its financial planning offerings, and a nationally-known professional in the investment industry has joined the team to carry this work forward. Richard C. Salmen, CFP(R), CFA, EA is leading a new team of investment professionals from a Family Investment Center office in Lenexa, Kansas.

Salmen brings a high-impact resume and national recognition to the Kansas City region. As of January 1, 2018, Richard C. Salmen serves as president of Family Investment Center and will lead the financial planning services. Salmen’s credentials include CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Professional and a Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA). He received the CFA Institute Board of Governors Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charter. As an Enrolled Agent (EA), he is authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service at all levels.

Salmen’s previous experience includes serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Financial Advisors, a Detroit, MI, fee-only financial planning and investment management firm. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was a graduate business scholar while receiving his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Kansas.

In 2006, Salmen began a three-year term as a member of the national board of directors for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) based in Denver, Colorado, ultimately serving as national President in 2009. In 2010, he served as FPA national Chairman. In November 2014 he was elected to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., beginning January 1, 2015. He is the 2018 Chair of CFP® Board’s Board of Directors.

As a true multi-tasker, Salmen is a retired air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration and also spent 14 years as a member of the Army Reserves, finishing his career at the rank of Captain. Read more here in this Kansas City Business Journal article. 

Salmen’s accolades are commendable, but it’s his experience in financial planning that caught the eye of Dan Danford, CEO of Family Investment Center. Danford said in a recent news release that Salmen will expand on existing financial planning services. “This broadens the scope of Family Investment Center to solve client challenges at different levels of goals,” Danford said.

Furthermore, Salmen, like everyone at Family Investment Center, has operated as a fee-only, or commission-free, advisor. He will maintain that model as he works with Family Investment Center out of Lenexa. Areas of financial planning offered by Salmen and his team include tax preparation; estate planning; business planning; insurance planning and risk management; cash flow management; and goal setting.

 

If you’re interested in 2018 being the year that money makes sense, contact our team at Family Investment Centertoday. It’s time to start doing more of what you love.

 

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What is an Investment Advisor and Why Does it Matter?

How Your Goals Can Get a Boost With an Investment Advisor in Your Corner

 

Who do you trust with your money? Or, who do you trust to advise you about what you should do with your money? Too many people might offer up the following: “Friends, family and co-workers.” Unfortunately, these people, while highly trusted for a number of reasons, shouldn’t be a source of expertise when it comes to your investments. That is best left to an investment advisor.

Why not friends, family and co-workers? The reason is simply because they’re telling you what worked for them, and their situation is likely much different from yours. What worked for them might be a choice that isn’t right for you. Getting objective advice from a professional can give you a personalized plan for your unique situation.

Ask Yourself Questions About Your Investments
Have you been asking yourself if your money is in the right place or earning what it needs to earn in order for you to meet your goals? If you already have an advisor, have you wondered if they are offering objective advice? And what are they charging? When you have a fiduciary in your corner, you don’t have to worry about getting conflicting advice, and as a fiduciary, they are required to be transparent about their fee structure.

Why a fiduciary, you ask? A fiduciary is required to put your best interests first - not their own profits. A fiduciary won’t take a commission on products they sell to you, which means any advice they offer will not be motivated by lining their pockets with money.

What’s an Independent Financial Advisor?
Independent Registered Investment Advisors, or RIAs, work in independent advisory firms that offer personalized advice, which is especially beneficial if you have complex needs regarding your finances.

Many RIAs are also fiduciaries, which means they’re held to high standards of care. Furthermore, they’re registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or their state securities regulators.

What’s the Benefit of Working With an RIA?
One of the most common reasons people say they like working with an RIA is that they develop a personal, attentive and responsive relationship with them. Furthermore, the guidance they offer is customized because no two people are alike, nor do they have the same goals. Their fee structure should be simple and transparent, meaning you never have to wonder if you’re getting charged hidden fees that you will find out about later.

At Family Investment Center, we’ve established ourselves as a fiduciary since day one. Our investment professionals have years of experience and work as a team to serve clients well. Talk to us today and let’s talk about you – your life, your goals and your future. Let us develop strategies to fit your unique situation.

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Investment Advice is Actually Applied Portfolio Science

 

Practical Steps Toward Solid Goals With the Right Investment Advice

 

Investing isn’t about guessing at stocks and bonds or simply selecting which bonds might have the highest interest rates. To the contrary: managers looking over large portfolios, such as pension plans, university foundations and charitable endowments utilize applied portfolio science in a deliberate way, and it’s investment advice you can use in your own planning.

In a practical sense, these large portfolio advisors are looking more at the forest and less at the trees. You can use this philosophy as you look at your 401(k) or IRA investments. If investing has never appealed to you, it should be mentioned that it can actually be fun. Surely you know some people who enjoy the challenge of it. However, be warned – if you’re getting a thrill out of investing, you might be looking at all the trees and have no eye on the forest.

Your winnings on a hot stock might be a thrill, but how many losses did it take to get there? And did you just break even? Results matter, and these aren’t the results you want. If you’ve made a decision that has a potential swing in your eventual portfolio of $100,000, $50,000 up or $50,000 down, what would you do with the $50,000 extra? Buy a better car? Add a cruise or two to your vacation calendar? Upgrade your housing option?

What if the portfolio suffers the $50,000 down? What will you give up? Vacations? Drive an older or cheaper car? Medical insurance? Prescriptions? Rent? You can’t be focused simply on making money – you have to have a plan for long-term results that will set you up for the future when your career ends. This might require some behavioral changes that put less focus on toys, such as bigger homes and faster cars.

Fortunately, you have measurements all along your investment journey to assist you. Here are some practical solutions you need to consider as you plan your strategy:

  • Use a goal-based system for finance and investing. What is the upside and downside of achieving those goals?
  • Internalize that reward or penalty for each financial goal. Often, the penalty is far more powerful than the reward.
  • Don’t impose artificial schedules on something that can’t be scheduled. Investing works, but the cycles and time required are irregular. The stock market, especially, grows in fits and starts.
  • Forget the “get rich quick” stuff. The hot stock tip or lottery ticket are long shots. They aren’t a practical solution for reaching your goals.
  • Find a good fiduciary advisor to help. Not next week or next month, or “when I get some money.” Today. You surely fall into one of two categories: you know what you need, and a professional can help you get better, or you don’t know what you need, which is an even stronger case for getting help.

At Family Investment Center, we bring the investment advice that is customized to fit each individual situation. Come talk to us in our commission-free, jargon-free setting and we’ll help you see that “Money is freedom, and freedom is fun.”

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Off to a Late Start? Planning for Retirement Starts Today

Planning for Retirement Later in Life

 

It’s no secret – many Americans aren’t financially ready for life after a career. If you are 40 or older and unprepared for retirement, what steps can you take to start planning for retirement now?

Take Advantage of “Catch Up” Opportunities

If you are 50 or older, you are allowed to make “catch up” contributions to your retirement accounts. For example, if you have a 401(k), you can contribute an extra $6,000 per year to it. Younger investors are held to the $18,000 annual contribution limit.

If you have an IRA, you’re held to $5,500 annual contribution limit, then when you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $1,000 per year. That might not seem like a lot of extra money, but if you make those extra contributions over the 15-year period before you retire (assuming you retire at 65), you will be able to increase your retirement nest egg substantially.

Make Approximations for the Future

Good retirement strategies are based on goals. In order to establish goals, you’ll need to crunch some numbers, which means you have to approximate how much money you’ll need in retirement to cover all your expenses. Keep in mind many people will live ten to 15 years longer than they anticipate.

Once you know how much you will need to live comfortably, you can start adjusting your investment strategy accordingly. This might require some adjustments to the way you are currently living, i.e. making cuts in expenditures so you’ll have more money to put toward investments.

Put the Hammer Down

To use an automotive term for rapidly accelerating, this is exactly what you need to do with your investment accounts if you are 40-plus and haven’t started saving for retirement. You need to do everything you can to max-out your retirement accounts, such as your employer-sponsored plan and IRA.

You may have a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time. Make cuts where necessary, such as vacations or new cars or buying a new house, and save vigorously.

Adjust Plans as Needed

If planning for retirement has been put on the back burner for you, for whatever reason,  it doesn’t mean all is lost. If your original idea of retirement was one of fun and relaxation, you might have to consider working part-time in “retirement.” This income will help cover the shortfalls that your investments won’t cover while still allowing you to live a lifestyle that fits your comfort level.

Also, if your idea of retirement was to begin at age 65, you might consider keeping that full-time job for a few more years. This extends the life of your investments, meaning you won’t dip into them as soon as you had planned, giving you more assurances for covering costs when you do finally hang up your career for good.

At Family Investment Center, we can help you navigate these complex waters. Don’t be intimidated by the process of planning for retirement. Let us help you make crucial decisions now that will help you later.

 

Here’s a little more food for thought: November 2017 is Millionaire’s Month at Family Investment Center. Why are millionaires wealthy? How do they think? What do they do (or not do) that you can apply to your own life? Is there a secret? Read more on our website or listen to Money is Freedom on SoundCloud or iTunes for a special four-part series.

 

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Is Investing for Women More Stressful?

Take a Different Approach to Investing for Women

 

Are Americans on the right track with a strategy for adequate retirement savings? A report by MassMutual would put the answer at a resounding “no.” The report found that 72 percent of people overall agreed they aren’t prepared for retirement. But what about women? Is investing for women any different than it is for men?  Do women feel they are as unprepared financially for retirement as men do?

The answer is “yes,” as the report found that women are three times more likely to say they can’t save for retirement. Women are also more likely than men to say that financial concerns are a cause of stress in their life, limiting how they function in the world and receive medical care. Not surprisingly, it can also be the source of friction in relationships.

The report did find that women are more likely than men to seek employer-sponsored programs to help them feel more confident about their finances. However, when it comes to Social Security counseling, men are more apt to seek that out than women. That doesn’t mean women are less concerned about their Social Security and talk of cuts to that program, as the report found that only 33 percent of men were concerned compared to 52 percent of women.

What are some steps women can take now toward a financially secure retirement? Here are some keys for starting:

·         Workplace Retirement
If your workplace offers a retirement plan, sign up for it. Your contributions could help reduce your income taxes, and it’s often money that you don’t miss because it is directly deposited to the account from your payroll.

·         Pursue More Education
You will gain more confidence and conquer reservations or outright fear of investing if you’re more financially literate.  Consider talking to an advisor that cuts out financial jargon and explains things simply.

·         Avoid Emotions
It’s been said before – emotions and investing don’t mix. Bad decisions are almost always made on a “gut feeling” that is brought on by an emotional outburst.

·         Stay the Course
Investing shouldn’t be a short-term strategy. Only people looking to “play the market” think of it that way. The market will rise and fall, sometimes sharply in the short term.  Stick to a long-term plan and diversify your portfolio to boost your return potential.


If the process of going to a financial advisor intimidates you, just remember that we work with people in every stage of their investment strategy, from young investors just starting out in their careers to those who are well into their retirement. We work with people who are quite literate in finances and investing and with people whose knowledge goes no further than a checking account.

At Family Investment Center, we can help both men and women with an investment strategy that is personalized for their unique needs. Come in today and let’s chat about your plans for the future. Here’s another note of interest:  November 2017 is Millionaire’s Month at Family Investment Center. Why are millionaires rich? How do they think? What do they do (or not do) that you can apply to your own life? Is there a secret? Read more on our website or listen to Money is Freedom on SoundCloud or iTunes for a special four-part series.

 

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