Taking the Leap : The Risks and Rewards of Starting a Business, Making It Grow, and Fulfilling Your Entrepreneurial Vision.

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Taking the Leap : The Risks and Rewards of Starting a Business, Making It Grow, and Fulfilling Your Entrepreneurial Vision.

When I decided to start Flourish Wealth Management a little over four years ago, there was a great deal to consider and to plan for. But first I had to accept the fact that I could fail, things could turn out worse than I expected them to, the market could take a nosedive the day after we opened our doors, and my planning and effort could all be for naught. But, there was the other side, too. I might succeed, things might work out better than I had anticipated, the market might stay relatively steady, and my planning and effort might just pay off both financially and personally. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, starting a business isn’t just about the potential for financial gain; in fact, financial opportunity often takes a back seat to the need for independence and the need and desire to create something meaningful and personally fulfilling.

Happiness, Money, Retirement and What Matters

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Happiness, Money, Retirement and What Matters

What contributes to satisfaction in retirement? It certainly isn’t just finances. Completing the retirement equation means talking about and striving for fulfillment, happiness, and satisfaction in retirement.

Preparing for social and emotional issues that may arise during your retirement can be uncomfortable to consider and discuss. Many people feel embarrassed to talk about their unhappiness when they retire – they have saved for a comfortable life, they have free time, they have met their financial goals, and yet there is something missing. People usually don’t talk about it because they feel like they’re supposed to be happy.

The truth is “winning” at retirement isn’t just about how much money you have saved, it is about how you decide to fill your days, what you want to do with your time and discovering the things that make you feel happy – fulfilled. Here are some of the things that may contribute to dissatisfaction with retirement and ways that you can face and cope with them proactively.

Mid-Life Transition, Not Crisis

A New Emergence of Mid-Life Course Corrections and What We Can Do to Facilitate Support and Awareness

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Monday, 30 April 2018

Mid-Life Transition, Not Crisis

We often discuss the challenges and opportunities people face during the transitional time period that accompanies retirement. Retirement is something that is marked by a specific event in our lives, so it seemingly has a beginning and we are equipped to work through this transition because, by definition, we know when it is going to take place. In contrast, there are other transitional periods in life that are not as clearly defined. I recently read an article from the Washington Post that discusses the transitional period that many people encounter during middle age (40 to 65) that is not given very much attention but, perhaps, should be identified and addressed both by members of our financial profession as well as by the people who are either approaching or currently living in this phase of their lives.

Quality of Life in Retirement

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Quality of Life in Retirement

Living life the way we envision as peaceful, abundant, secure and fulfilling is what many call the American Dream. Quality of life is a meaningful part of our needs to feel happy and safe in our lives. Unfortunately, from social isolation to diminished health to poor eating habits, people’s quality of life is at risk as they age. There are many factors that can contribute to a reduced quality of life and there are planning measures that can be taken to mitigate that loss.

Communication: How to Save Your Family in the Legacy Plan

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Monday, 26 March 2018

Communication: How to Save Your Family in the Legacy Plan

When it comes to financial planning, we spend a lot of time talking with our clients about what they want their financial legacy to be. Beyond the money and assets, they will leave to their family and charities they care about, we often discuss how that legacy will be used and what financial philosophies they will leave behind.

For example, clients may have misgivings about leaving substantial assets to their children for fear it will spoil them, encourage a poor work ethic, or give them a sense of entitlement. When it comes to giving to charities, our clients often want to make sure their funds are being used for the causes and purposes that are meaningful to them and that they are making the right types of gifts that will make a lasting impact.

These concerns and questions are significant, and careful planning, as well as good communication, go a long way in making your legacy impactful and purposeful.

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