AdvisoryHQ Named Perspective Financial Services a Top Advisor

AdvisoryHQ Named Perspective Financial Services a Top AdvisorWe’re pleased to announce that AdvisoryHQ named Perspective Financial Services a top advisor for a third year. Our firm was once again identified as one of the top advisors and financial planners in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The organization also rated us among the best in 2016 and 2017.

AdvisoryHQ uses a multi-step selection methodology for identifying, researching and generating its list of top ranked firms. Its review and ranking articles are always 100 percent independently researched and objectively written. Firms do not pay for their ranking, and most firms do not even realize they’re being reviewed and ranked by AdvisoryHQ until after their reviews have been published. (A detailed overview of AdvisoryHQ’s methodology process is below.)

The reviewers highlighted our online tools and comprehensive, well-defined approach to financial planning as some of the key benefits of our firm. They also emphasized our personal touch.

“The firm’s focus on collaboration and individualized attention can provide clients with significant planning advantages, making Perspective Financial Services one of the best financial advisors in Phoenix to consider partnering with this year,” the AdvisoyHQ reviewers wrote.

Perspective Financial Services a Top Advisor: Click here to read the full article and review at the AdvisoryHQ website.


A step-by-step overview of AdvisoryHQ’s methodology process.

  1. Using publicly available sources, AdvisoryHQ identifies a wide range of firms that are providing services in a designated area (city, state, or local geographic location).
  2. AdvisoryHQ’s review team then applies initial methodology filters to narrow down the list of identified firms/products. These filters include company strengths, trustworthiness, transparency, professional reputation, managed asset, ROI/ROA effectiveness, fees structure, what customers/clients are saying about the organization, and many more.
  3. After trimming down the initial list, AdvisoryHQ then conducts a deep-dive assessment of the remaining firms. The award criteria takes into account a range of factors, including experience level, level of customization, site quality, resources, features, range of provided services, innovation, value-added, and many more factors, to build up a broad picture of what each firm or product has to offer, before the final selection process occurs.
  4. Based on the results of performed assessment, AdvisoryHQ’s research and selection team then finalizes the list of entities that make it into its top rated publications, which are then published to the general public.
By |March 12th, 2018|Company News|

Understanding RMDs

Patrick Eng writes about the importance of understanding RMDs.When investors with retirement accounts turn 70 ½ years old, they should be aware of the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules regarding the type of retirement accounts they possess. Understanding RMDs will help you avoid high penalties from the IRS. Here are some things to keep in mind.

The IRS requires that account holders of traditional IRA, SEP IRA, Simple IRA and company-defined contribution plans [401(k), 403(b) and 457] withdraw a certain minimum amount from their accounts each year. (Roth IRAs do not have an RMD.) If you continue working past 70 ½ years, many defined contribution plans will allow you to put off taking the RMD until you retire; but for all non-Roth IRAs, you have to start taking RMDs by April 1 of the year following the year in which you turn 70 ½, even if you are still working.

This is an annual requirement until the account is drawn to zero or until the account holder dies, in which case the assets can be placed into an Inherited IRA for a beneficiary or distributed to heirs in another way. A penalty of 50 percent is levied by the IRS on the amount not withdrawn. For example, if your RMD is $10,000 and you do not make your withdrawal, you will owe the IRS $5,000 in penalties and must still take your required distribution.

The IRS does not allow tax-deferred accounts to grow indefinitely without having to pay taxes on the money. Investments in a tax-deferred retirement account have been sheltered from taxes since their initial contribution and throughout the accumulation and investment period. Thus, the IRS places a time limit on this tax deferral and mandates withdrawals through the RMD.

Most financial institutions have a process to help their clients take care of their RMDs, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the account holder. It can be an expensive oversight if not taken care of in a timely manner. If you are approaching the age for RMDs, talk with your advisor.

By |February 27th, 2018|Current Affairs, Retirement|

Keep Your Investment Portfolio on Track

In this brief video, Certified Financial Planner practitioner Mike Larriva explains how investment risk and return run parallel to one another, just like railroad tracks. To keep your investment portfolio on track, you need to keep risk and reward in balance.

To help keep your investment portfolio on track – even during erratic market fluctuations – our firm applies time-tested asset allocation and diversification principles to balance portfolio risk and return. Click here to learn more about our investment philosophy and strategy.

By |February 14th, 2018|Advisors, Investing, Video Blog|

How Do You Define Wealth?

Mike McCannAmericans are split on their definitions of wealth, according to a recent survey by Charles Schwab, with some describing wealth as a specific sum of money and others describing it more as a state of mind. When asked “How do you define wealth?” the top five sentiments were:

  1. Having a lot of money (27 percent)
  2. Enjoying life’s experiences (24 percent)
  3. Being able to afford anything they want (22 percent)
  4. Living stress-free and having peace of mind (19 percent)
  5. Having loving relationships with family and friends (12 percent)

When asked to express how much is required to be considered “wealthy” in America, the average response was $2.4 million — nearly 30 times the actual median net worth of U.S. households according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet, when asked to compare two opposing ideas of wealth at a more personal level, Americans leaned into things that money can’t buy.

  • 65 percent equate wealth with having good physical health vs. having lots of money (35 percent)
  • 58 percent say wealth is about having gratitude vs. having money (42 percent)
  • 56 percent believe wealth is about building community vs. working on one’s career (44 percent)

“Wealth is often thought of as a lofty, unattainable number that doesn’t apply to most of us, but that’s an old-fashioned notion that needs to be retired,” said Terri Kallsen, executive vice president and head of Schwab Investor Services. “It doesn’t matter whether you have a lot or a little. What matters is that you think about the money you have as your wealth, and that you pay attention to it. Being engaged is the only way to reach your personal goals.”

“Money is a strange thing. It ranks with love as our greatest source of joy, and with death as our greatest source of anxiety.” – Joe Moore, offensive line coach at Notre Dame under Head Football Coach Lou Holtz (’80s- ’90s)

How do you define wealth? Whether you think of wealth in terms of mindset or assets, it’s important to keep your financial and personal goals in your sightline as you tackle day-to-day life. The New Year is a great time to take a fresh look at your financial plan. Your Perspective Financial advisor would love to take the time to review it with you. Call or email us any time.

By |January 30th, 2018|Current Affairs, Financial Planning|