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McCann Honored for Volunteer Work

Mike McCann Honored for Volunteer WorkMike McCann Honored for Volunteer Work with Phoenix-area Scouting BSA organization.

McCann, president and founder of Perspective Financial Services, LLC, received Honorable Mention in the 13th Annual Invest in Others (IiO) Awards for his work with Friends and Supporters of Troop 30 (FAST 30), a local scouting organization. As a result, FAST 30 will receive a $1,000 donation in McCann’s honor.

The IiO Charitable Foundation established its awards program to recognize the charitable work of financial advisors around the world. Advisors are nominated for actively giving back to their communities. Hundreds of nominations are received each year and reviewed by a diverse panel of industry leaders. Awards are presented based on the nominees’ leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a nonprofit and the community it serves. Click here to read the announcement of the finalists.

McCann, an Accredited Invest Fiduciary® and Certified Financial PlannerTM, was recognized in the “Volunteer of the Year” category. McCann has contributed his time and expertise to FAST 30 in many capacities. For instance, he has served as assistant scout master, Eagle mentor, treasurer and board chair. He has volunteered an average of 20 to 40 hours per month since 2008.

About the Charity

FAST 30 was established in 2007 as the chartering organization for Boy Scout Troop 30 (boys 11-17 years old) and Venturing Crew 2030 (co-ed 14-20 years old) in Phoenix. It became the charter organization for Cub Scout Pack 416 (youth grades K-5) in 2016 and for the first-ever all-girl Scout Troop 3030 (girls 11-17 years old) in Phoenix in 2019.  Because FAST 30 is 100 percent volunteer-run, active leadership like McCann’s is critical to the group’s day-to-day success and long-term sustainability.

“FAST 30 brings people together to teach and guide our boys and girls in a way unlike any other youth organization I’ve encountered,” said McCann. “Ours is a scout-led group, in which the youth are empowered with leadership and decision-making responsibilities. They’re allowed to make mistakes and to solve problems

[within strict safe-scouting guidelines]. With a focus on service, leadership and self-reliance, FAST 30 fosters confidence, adaptability and empathy in our scouts.”

By |2019-08-19T09:31:17-07:00July 15th, 2019|Advisors, Company News|

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 |2019-08-14T13:59:47-07:00October 22nd, 2018|Advisors, Financial Planning|

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 |2019-08-14T13:59:50-07:00January 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 |2019-08-14T13:59:51-07:00December 4th, 2017|Advisors, Charitable Giving, Taxes|

Managing Expectations

This month, the U.S. stock market hit an all-time record-high of over 22,000 in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. This rise represents a 20 percent return since November 2016 and a more than 300 percent return since a low of about 6,600 in March 2009. Managing expectations, as an investor during such a strong bull market can be difficult.

Stock market investors have enjoyed a string of steady positive returns for the better part of two years now without any meaningful correction. A meaningful correction would be a pullback in the 8 percent to 10 percent range, which from the current levels would constitute a fall of about 2,000 Dow points. As shocking as that sounds, a correction or pull back of any level would be a natural occurrence in the financial markets.

The reality is financial markets do not usually march straight upward without some type of bump or hiccup that would cause it to drop and pull back for a rest. It’s normal to experience some kind of volatility or downward movement in the course of investing. Likewise, the recent stretch of market appreciation, while welcome, is not typical.

When the inevitable and natural occurrence of a market decline takes place, remember the following things to help you manage expectations through the downturn:

  • Stay diversified. Even if it doesn’t feel right, history shows that this strategy works.
  • Avoid jumping in and out of the market. It is virtually impossible to time the market.
  • Invest regularly. The potential to buy investments at discount prices can only happen if you are involved when things look bleak.
  • Market corrections, no matter how painful, are a natural part of an economic cycle.

Finally, stay in communication with your advisor as changes take place in your life or even if you just want some perspective on market movement. An important role we play in our clients’ lives is managing expectations, or being an “emotional surge protector,” when these unavoidable declines take place.

By |2019-08-14T13:59:52-07:00August 28th, 2017|Advisors, Current Affairs, Investing|