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Should You Pay A Financial Advisor?

Should you pay a financial advisor?

Typically, you pay an advisor the same reason you pay a mechanic to repair your car. If you wanted to repair it yourself, you probably could, but what's your time worth? Is that really what you want to do? Can you do it right?

What is your strategy for doubling your income in retirement? What is your strategy for tax planning in retirement? What is your strategy for claiming Social Security in retirement?

If you aren't sure of those answers, it would be wise to sit down and talk to an advisor about your retirement planning needs.

At 80/20 Financial Services, we create and manage retirement income and investment plans to ensure your the money you have saved lasts the duration of a 20-30 year retirement and beyond.

Our price

In order to provide you with the best service possible we have to be very selective when deciding to work with potential clients. We aren't for everyone.

Pre-Retirement Phase- In this phase we charge a consulting price of $240/hr. Initial consultation is always free and we only meet when needed. 

Retirement Phase- You have at least $750,000 of assets between your employer retirement accounts and any personal accounts. In this phase we bill using the Assets Under Management (AUM) model. We charge 0.75% on the assets we manage. 

Ex. $1,000,000 x 0.75% = $7,500 per year total billed quarterly at $1,875 per quarter.

Our price is billed to your investment accounts (you do not write a check for this) and it covers all your retirement planning needs not just the management of investments. 

We focus on what matters.

Many think managing investments is 95% of what we do as retirement income planners. When actually more like 5% of what we do. At 80/20 Financial Services we believe in a common sense approach to investing. Ever read The Tortoise and the Hare? The Tortoise wins every time I read that story and that's the approach we take with your retirement money.

We will never try to sell you on some brand new single stock or some other speculative investment not appropriate for you. We do not believe in investing your retirement income in single stocks. However, we do believe in investing your money in mutual funds with at least 10 years or more of history with well known and respected mutual fund companies.

We also believe a significant portion of your retirement money should be in equity type mutual funds. Equity type mutual funds are stocks bundled together. For example, we might look at an S&P 500 mutual fund. This fund would hold stocks in the 500 most successful companies in the United States. So when we buy this fund, we own stock or equity in all 500 companies at the same time. One of those companies fails, there are 499 others to keep that mutual fund from failing.

Why do we believe you should have a significant portion of your retirement money in equity type mutual funds? Because historically speaking, it's the only way to keep up with and out pace inflation.

We all know 20 years ago you could buy a stamp for about $0.32. Today that same stamp costs $0.55. The exact same thing will happen to your retirement money in 20 years if you don't invest in equities. Your purchasing power will be cut in approximately half. This is not a question of if, but when.

Many believe investing in the "market" is too "risky". However, many are confusing the word risky with volatile. Does the market fluctuate daily? It absolutely does, however, look at the history in terms of years and not days. Twenty years ago in 1999 the Dow Jones was at approximately 15,000 points.

Today in July 2019 it stands at 26,000 points. That's nearly a 75% increase in the last 20 years! And this includes the recession in 2008. My point is we aren't investing for the day. We are investing for the next 30 years of your retirement. So on a daily basis it can be volatile, but on a long term basis, we don't believe risky is the word that describes what actually happens.

So why should you pay a financial advisor? Why not?

What is your time, money and peace of mind worth?

Time- Does it seem likely to you that we could increase your time by at least 1% per year by managing and monitoring your retirement plan?

Money- Does it seem likely to you that we could increase your long-term investment return by at least 1% more per year than you might obtain on your own?

Peace of mind- Does it seem likely to you that we could increase your peace of mind by at least 1% per year by helping you avoid financial mistakes that you might make on your own?

If the combination of any of the above add to 1% then you should probably hire an advisor to manage your retirement money. We charge less than 1% on any money we manage for you. Contact us for specifics.

We believe the most valuable service we offer is preventing clients from making financial mistakes they can't recover from.  There is a world of difference between investment returns and investor returns.

As your advisor we are a walking talking insurance plan hired to protect one of the largest assets you own, your retirement nest egg. Except unlike most insurance plans we protect you before a disaster strikes, not after a disaster strikes.

There is no fine print, there are no hidden fees and there are no long-term contracts to sign. Our relationship with you is day by day. If at any time you feel we aren't increasing your time, money and peace of mind then we shake hands and part ways as friends. We will refund your money for that quarter and help you transfer your assets to your new advisor. We strive for complete transparency. Hope this shed's some light on what we believe and why we charge what we charge.

You Need A Plan

A goal of retiring - without a plan - is simply a plan to run out of money. At 80/20 Financial Services we specialize in helping cooperative employees plan their retirement. We can show you how to turn your 401k and your R&S lump sum into a stream of income just like when you were working while also helping you achieve your desired financial outcomes in retirement.

If you're age 50 or over and still in the accumulation phase (pre-retirement) we can help you figure out where you need to go and how to get there. If you are retired or nearing retirement, we can create a plan which will outpace inflation and accomplish any other retirement goals you might have.

The consultation is free and without obligation. Contact us to set up a consultation.

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Brian Coleman/Electric Cooperative Retirement Specialist

80/20 Financial Services is an Independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) registered in the state of Missouri (CRD# 300772). We help electric cooperative employees in Missouri and throughout the United States transition into retirement. Being independent allows us to work exclusively for YOU.

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