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Create a Vivid Written Financial Plan

How many times have you been told you’re more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down? More times than you can count? Probably. That’s because study after study has proven it to be true. Is it time to create a vivid written financial plan to achieve your goals?

Vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success. People who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who don’t, according to Mark Murphy, CEO of Leadership IQ, a leadership training and research firm.

“Writing things down doesn’t just help you remember, it makes your mind more efficient by helping you focus on the truly important stuff,” Murphy stresses. “And your goals absolutely should qualify as truly important stuff.”

When you take possession of something – an item or an idea – you are more committed to it. Neurologists and psychologists call this phenomenon the “endowment effect.” Thus, writing down a goal gives you ownership of that goal. It becomes “yours,” a part of you, something you want to keep and protect.

That’s just one reason why we encourage our clients to have a written financial plan. It’s a way to vividly picture where you want to go and how you will get there.

We also encourage you to revisit that plan periodically – it’s not chiseled in stone; it’s a living document that changes and adapts as you live your life.

October is National Financial Planning Month.

Charles Schwab’s 2018 Modern Wealth Index survey shows that investors with a written financial plan tend to have greater fiscal discipline and better money habits.

Unfortunately, only 25 percent of Americans have a written plan. At Perspective Financial Services, about 50 percent of our clients have a written plan. If you don’t have a written financial plan, talk with your advisor about creating one.

By |October 22nd, 2018|Advisors, Financial Planning|

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|

David Davodi Joins Perspective Financial Services

David Davodi

David Davodi joins Perspective Financial Services.

Perspective Financial Services continues to grow, and we are always in search of ways to add value to the services we provide our clients. As part of that effort, we’re pleased to announce a new member of our team. David Davodi joins Perspective Financial Services as an associate financial planner and brings 10 years of advising and client service experience in the investment and banking industry to the firm. Most recently, he worked at J.P. Morgan Securities, Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. David is passionate about helping people reach their financial and personal goals, and strives to treat clients as though they are family. He is currently enrolled in courses to earn the Certified Financial Planner designation.

“David’s outgoing personality and passion for our industry makes him an excellent addition to our team,” said Mike McCann, the firm’s founder. “He will provide a new perspective and additional layer of support that will benefit all our clients, while he advances in his career goals and grows with the company.”

David’s parents emigrated from Armenia before he was born, and he is fluent in both English and Armenian. He places high value on having a tight-knit family, especially as he and his wife, Serena, begin a family of their own. The couple lives in Phoenix, in close proximity to their parents and other relatives.

Connect with David

View his profile on LinkedIn

Email David at David@MoneyAZ.com

By |January 16th, 2018|Advisors, Company News|

Year-End Tax Saving Strategies

Lupe Camargo, financial plannerNow is a perfect time to check for any remaining opportunities to help minimize your tax bill before 2017 comes to a close. There are many year-end tax saving strategies for you to consider.

At Perspective Financial Services, we take a proactive approach to minimize our clients’ tax bills through a variety of investment strategies. Selling a security in a taxable account at a loss and replacing it with another security of the same asset class can help offset some of your capital gains tax; this is referred to as tax loss harvesting. We also research mutual funds that may generate a capital gains distribution before making end of year purchases; this helps avoid unnecessary capital gains taxes on new investments.

There are additional things you can do, with the help of your financial planner. Here is a checklist of things to think about.

When possible be proactive about the timing of your income. This can make a significant impact on your tax bill.

  • Defer a bonus or a sale of appreciated property to the following year when it becomes advantageous to avoid the income this year.
  • Pay expenses this year, such as fourth quarter state income taxes or medical expenses. This helps especially when next year’s income will be less than this year.
  • Increase your federal income tax withholding to soften the blow of a significant tax bill.

Take advantage of the vehicles that not only help you plan for the future, but give the added bonus of reducing your income taxes.

  • Max out your IRA contributions, and take advantage of the catch-up if you are over 50 years old.
  • If you are over 70 1/2 years old, or you have an inherited IRA, do not forget to take your required minimum distribution. The penalties are very steep if you do not.

If you are planning to gift money to family or charities, do so before the end of the year.

  • Give $14,000 per individual annually in federal tax-free gifts.
  • Make planned charitable contributions and take advantage of the charitable rollover provision if you are over 70 1/2 years of age.
By |December 4th, 2017|Advisors, Charitable Giving, Taxes|