Financial Planning and Advice Blog for Syracuse

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Planning for the Future: Defining Your Financial Goals

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By highpointadvisors November 1, 2018

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A smart way to work towards long term financial stability is by developing a thorough plan that includes precise financial goals. But while this may sound simple, devising goals that suit your situation can be difficult – especially because it’s hard to determine where you’ll be several years down the line. Fortunately, there are ways to make financial planning easier. To help clarify the process, HighPoint Advisors, LLC offers four important steps to take when you’re creating financial goals.

1. Pair up with a financial advisor.

Setting financial goals is certainly feasible on your own, but financial advisors offer hands-on experience that can help you pursue your goals. An experienced financial advisor can help guide you along the path to each goal through valuable advice concerning investments, insurance, savings and other factors. And while it's possible to learn about financial planning online or from books, there's no substitute for the experience and insights provided by a seasoned advisor working with your goals in mind.

2. Identify the things that matter most.

Whether you’re just establishing your career or are an experienced professional, your financial plan should naturally incorporate anything that will have a serious effect on your financial situation. Do you expect to be married, and will children be a part of the picture? Would you like to own a home? Is a high-quality vehicle important in your everyday life? Are you interested in early retirement? These things all deserve a place in your financial plan. Once you’ve identified them, try to organize them in order of importance, so your advisor knows which you’d like to prioritize.

3. Develop an in-depth budget.

Creating a budget is an essential step in the development and pursuit of your financial goals. The most effective budgets should concern how all of your funds are used by allotting certain amounts for bills, necessities and any other expenses, as well as money that can be added to savings accounts or used for recreation, hobbies and the like. This is another step of the process where a financial advisor may prove invaluable, as these professionals are adept at approaching your financial situation with a comprehensive point of view.

4. Set goals with specific time criteria and actionable steps.

A prudent way to move forward with your financial goals is by setting strict deadlines. For example, if you’d like to save up for a down payment for a house, take a proactive approach. Choose a date by which you’d like to have the money, and determine a per-paycheck amount that you can set aside in order to achieve that goal. An advisor can help you understand what's realistic in your current financial situation and guide you toward success.

Consult a Financial Professional

There’s no need to plan your financial future without a helping hand. For reliable financial services in Central New York, choose the professionals at HighPoint Advisors, LLC. Contact us to schedule a consultation. 

This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual

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Planning for the Future: Your Guide to Choosing a Financial Professional

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By highpointadvisors November 1, 2018

Meeting With Financial Advisor

When you’re already facing an array of bills, monthly payments and other financial commitments, it’s easy to get caught up in the here and now. But if you’d like to maintain your good financial health for years to come, it’s best to get an early start. An experienced financial advisor will be able to guide you along the path to financial stability by working with you to devise a plan based on your unique circumstances.

Ready to search for a financial professional who can help secure a brighter future? HighPoint Advisors, LLC suggests a few key characteristics to look for.

Proven Experience with Fresh Perspectives
Financial planners who’ve honed their skills in the advisory and planning field have weathered economic highs and lows and can bring that experience to bear on your personal financial planning. You’ll also want to look for certain certifications – such as CFP® – that represent a financial planner who adheres to high ethical and professional standards.

At the same time, your financial planner should be up to date on the latest trends in the industry and committed to staying on top of emerging developments. Rather than a commitment to the way things have always been done, you may be better served by a financial planner who can blend experience and a forward-thinking mentality to work towards your goals in the long term.

A Community Focus
It may be your first instinct to seek financial guidance from a big-name company that’s known across the nation. Consider a boutique firm that can offer deep community routs. Opting for a local financial advisor – like East Syracuse-based HighPoint Advisors, LLC – means you’ll be paired with someone who has a genuine understanding of the unique financial challenges facing your community, and who can help you navigate those obstacles in the coming years.

Comprehensive Services
Be sure that your advisor is prepared to provide all of the services you need to create a comprehensive financial plan. Certain firms may provide highly specialized financial professionals, while others, such as HighPoint Advisors, LLC, have developed a reputation for versatility by offering a full portfolio of services. These include wealth management, estate planning, life insurance and more – all of which should be factored into your long-term approach.

Plan for Tomorrow with HighPoint Advisors, LLC
HighPoint Advisors, LLC is a boutique Syracuse financial firm featuring large-scale resources and seasoned financial professionals devoted to your financial wellbeing. Discover all of the services we offer, and begin planning for your future by contacting us today.

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