You already know the basics of personal finance: spend less money than you earn, save the rest. Once you’ve got that covered, it really comes down to how you balance your financial goals. Do you pay off your student loans early or save more toward your retirement? Add in the complexifier of a spouse and children and all of those financial decisions become even more difficult to juggle.
As your family grows and you progress in your career, there may even be goals that directly compete with each other. For example, how you (or grandparents) set-up a 529 college savings account can impact that amount of financial aid your child receives. (Of course, the more complicated the situation, the more you can benefit from working with a financial advisor.) This blog series is about navigating difficult family financial questions just like those and helping you prioritize what’s important to you.
We aim to distill each topic into a few key points, building off of questions and concerns we commonly encounter from people we meet with every day, just like you. We look at ways to turn high income into family wealth, how to simplify the college planning process, and building a financial foundation that leads to a fruitful retirement. We even investigate ways designed to successfully transition your business in an effort to protect your legacy and ease into the next chapter of your life.
Your family’s financial goals can seem stressful and overwhelming but they don’t have to be. We’re here to help.
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- Series Recap: Our 3 Biggest Family & Finances Lessons
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