Laurie Flynn is a Financial Advisor with Smith Barney and is a supporter of Queercents. She offered to write a few posts over the next couple of weeks on the topic of investing. These are her words…
Stages of Wealth Management:
In today’s fast-paced world, investors have more to think about than simply their stock portfolios. When creating wealth, they must also consider issues like tax planning, risk management, borrowing needs, estate planning, and charitable giving.
Life is about stages. So is wealth management. As investors move through stages of life, they face a succession of financial challenges. Some begin early and never go away. Others, like estate planning, come later in life.
Wealth management can be viewed as a cycle with four main stages:
During this phase, individuals are primarily focused on acquiring the assets they will need to meet their long-term financial goals.
As investors move into their peak earnings years, their financial focus may gradually shift from asset growth to risk management — protecting their portfolios from unexpected adversity to market volatility.
At some point, most individuals will need to draw upon their accumulated resources to fund specific needs, such as college tuition costs or retirement expenses.
Many affluent individuals hope to leave a sizable legacy behind for their children, grandchildren or their community.
Keep in mind, wealth management stages often overlap, and the transition between stages can be gradual. Therefore, individuals and their financial advisors must address a continuing change in new and old financial challenges. For example, increased life expectancies, soaring medical costs and rising expectations for higher living standards translate into retired investors having to balance both current income and capital growth.
Finding strategies to address these problems may require difficult tradeoffs. Investors should weigh their risk tolerance against their investment return objectives. They may also have to decide between generating a high level of current income or a rate of capital growth sufficient to support a somewhat lower standard of living later in life.
These decisions are difficult and should be made within the context of a comprehensive wealth management strategy. Working directly with a financial advisor could be a good strategy for reaching long-term investment goals. Together, you can review the appropriate investment options available and formulate a personalized investment plan and other practical strategies for managing your finances now and throughout retirement.
Laurie Flynn is a Financial Advisor with Smith Barney located in Toms River, NJ and may be reached at (732) 914-2315 OR (800) 624-0292 Ext. 2315.
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