Personal Financial Planning

Bonds 101

The following is a primer to help readers better understand their investments. Mission Financial Planning coordinates with clients' money managers as part of a comprehensive advice-only approach. 

List of Retirement Milestones - PDF Download

Retirement MilestonesThere are many milestones on the way to – and through – retirement.  Starting at age 50 with the opportunity to make additional catch-up contributions to IRAs and

Year End Financial Checklist

It's the time of year to be thinking about year-end deadlines.  Here’s a quick checklist – not all-inclusive, but hopefully helpful:

Does the 4% Rule Apply to Early Retirement?

If the 4% withdrawal rule was created with a 65 year old in mind, what happens when you want to retire earlier?  How much would an early retiree have to reduce their withdrawal rate to accommodate a longer retirement?  Research has been done that suggests that you don’t have to reduce the 4% withdrawal rate too dramatically, even for very young retirees.

Kids and Money: Early Experience is Priceless

It’s good for young kids to have exposure to money, learning the  consequences that come with different financial decisions while the pain is relatively mild. 

In Case of Emergency

The hurricane has me thinking about how to be prepared for emergencies.  I imagine families trying to contact each other, computers and file cabinets under water,  and businesses unable to function.  If you are somewhere that was not impacted by the hurricane, use it as a motivator to be prepared should a disaster hit closer to home. 

Budgeting for Wear and Tear

A client reminded me of some good budgeting advice this morning; I thought I’d pass his comments along.

The Retirement Spending Smile

When people speculate about what spending will look like in retirement, they usually come up with some version of the go-go,  slow-go and no-go phases.  They assume spending will stay the same or increase for several years while catching up on the fun missed while working (go-go), that they’ll slow down after that (slow-go), and at some point will reach “no-go”, wher

Q&A: I'm So Close To Retirement, Should I Cancel My Disability Insurance?

Clients, around the age of 60, start thinking about whether or not they should continue with their disability insurance.  There is a diminishing return on investment when you consider that a disability policy only pays to a certain age, usually 65.   While each year’s premium buys fewer years of benefits, it's also at a time when disability might be more likely.  

Sharon Weaver Quoted in Forbes Article "Should You Ask Prospective Financial Advisors About Their Finances?"

I was recently quoted in a Forbes article titled "Should You Ask Prospective Financial Advisors About Their Finances?"  The author asked whether I believed it was reasonable to expect some financial transparency from one’s

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