How an Independent Financial Advisor Can Help You Retire on Your Terms – Wall Street Journal Custom Content

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As you approach retirement age, ensure you have a specific vision of what you want to achieve. Will you retire in place or move to a sunnier location? Maybe you’ll travel the world? Whatever the destination, it’s critical to build a plan that connects your life goals with financial strategies that can help you work toward them.


“To build and protect your nest egg, investors need to consider a plan that manages risk as well as opportunities,” says Tony Farina, an independent advisor at Capital Advisors Wealth Management in Yakima, Washington. “We ask our clients lots of questions so we can understand their objectives and better determine the next steps.”


Life is unpredictable enough before you factor in the effects of market volatility and the economy’s ups and downs. As you plan for retirement or make choices about your estate, don’t make snap decisions based on short-term uncertainty. Instead, get the expert help you need to make the right selections that can preserve your wealth.


“Many clients have more now than they’ve ever had, and they’re looking at it differently. They’re planning for those unusual events,” Farina says. “I call it ‘finding the right roller coaster.’ If you don’t like the big roller coaster, you’re not going to like the drop when it comes. Instead, putting people on the right roller coaster when times are good prevents those panic reactions when the market takes a hit.”


Bottom line: A good way to make sure you are financially ready is to work with an independent financial advisor who puts your interests first. The quarterback leading your financial team, they’re your first call when the markets or your life circumstances take an unexpected turn.


An independent advisor can help you develop a customized wealth management plan that’s aligned with your life goals and values—and that gives you a holistic view of your assets. They can help you see around the next corner and provide a steady hand on the wheel during turbulent times.


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We offer our gratitude to the independent advisors who contributed their time and valuable insights: Tony Farina of Capital Advisors Wealth Management in Yakima, Washington; Contey Smith of Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group in Atlanta, Georgia; and Joseph Zappia of LVW Advisors in Pittsford, New York.


The named advisory firms (“Advisors”) custody some or all of their assets with Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). The Advisors are independent and not affiliated with Schwab, and their personnel are not employees or agents of Schwab. This is not a referral to, endorsement or recommendation of, or testimonial for the Advisors with respect to their investment advisory or other services. Schwab Advisor Services™ serves independent investment advisors and includes the custody, trading and support services of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. ©2021 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. All rights reserved. Member SIPC. (1021-1RC4)

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