Surrendering the Lead

Independence, delegation and knowing when and how to find a balance.

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Surrendering the Lead

This past April, my family and I went to Spain to visit my oldest daughter, Maddy. She was spending a semester in Barcelona and that was a great incentive to take a European vacation. As a planner, it should come as no shock that I often plan my vacations fairly meticulously. I like to know where I’m going and, typically, lead the way. There was something very different about this vacation though, and it taught me a great deal about the freedom of letting go and the opportunities it can open up. When we arrived, we started the trip spending a few days in Madrid, then took a bullet train to Seville for a few nights during Holy Week before flying up to Barcelona.

Women's Experience in a Decidedly Male-Tailored Financial Landscape

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Women's Experience in a Decidedly Male-Tailored Financial Landscape

The recent and sudden passing of Kate Spade due to suicide has raised awareness about mental illness and the challenges women face in middle age. Based on my experience working with women of all ages, I know that the stress of life can lead to mental illness and long-term health problems if not addressed proactively. Although I’m not a mental health professional, I felt compelled to write an article about those challenges with an emphasis on ways in which we can help one another to find a greater peace, a space where we are heard and understood, and a place where we are empowered to take control of our financial and personal lives.  

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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