Author: Charles Crowley, CFP®, AIF®

The Financial Action Checklist

From radio to TV to social media, the how-to lists on managing money and building wealth are a gracious plenty. Some are good and some are less so. Our FIT™ Perspectives Podcast team recently began to work through some of the most notable of these resources to consider how we would re-prioritize the “steps” and further expand upon some very over-simplified guidance. The outcome is the “Financial Action Checklist” (FAC) and it is designed for those who not only desire financial stability but seek pure financial independence.

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“COVID-ed” Lessons: Four Things the Pandemic has Taught Us About Savings in the Face of Financial Uncertainty

In my life and career, I have found three things overwhelmingly true with money:
1) The unexpected is inevitable- you better be prepared financially.
2) To accomplish something meaningful with money, a commitment to saving is implicit.
3) Wealthy individuals all seem to resiliently pursue a discipline of saving money despite their circumstances.
The common denominator across these three principles is simply a commitment to saving money. It is the foundation upon which all other financial success will be built. And 2020 has challenged that resolve thus far.

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Financial Anchors Amidst a Viral Storm: Three Core Areas of Focus in Personal Finance During COVID-19

It has been nearly two months since the “shelter in place” restrictions required us all to adjust to a life in quarantine. There has been a swift and mandatory acceptance of personal and professional lives being mashed together, and the situation certainly requires some adjustments as we get used to what may very well prove to be a new norm of precaution and safety. As scary as the health side of the equation is, the financial fallout of COVID-19 has been an even tougher pill to swallow in many respects and many are asking the question, “What can I do right now to make sure my family will be ok financially?”

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Radical Generosity, a Growing Family Ambition

For young and growing families, it can be hard at times to justify a commitment to charitable giving. But philanthropy can take on several forms when it comes down to it. I’ve heard it referred to as the “three T’s of giving”- time, talent and treasure. All three are clearly very valuable aspects of our lives because each are finite in their own respect. As a wealth manager, I obviously see a great deal of focus placed on the monetary side of philanthropy and my professional experience tells me that our individual perspective on personal wealth is often a driver for assessing whether it is (or feels) appropriate to give away our money or things. The more you feel as though you have yet to achieve your own financial security, the more difficult it is to be motivated to give financially. Furthermore, when having a family to provide for, the decision can be increasingly difficult but arguably more important.

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Remember in December: 8 Critical Ways to Organize your Finances Before Ringing in 2020

I’d like to believe that everyone understands the value in a year-end review of their personal finances. Statistics that I’ve seen indicate that over half of people who make resolutions indicate a change to household finances and saving money is a priority in the new year1. What is a bit of surprise to me is that so many put off (or neglect all together) actually reviewing their finances before year’s end. My conclusion: one of the biggest deterrents is the time it takes to get things organized.

When it comes to being successful with money, strong organization will empower you more than anything else you can do to take control of your finances moving forward. With my personal and professional understanding of the challenges of this process, I’ve put together an 8-step checklist to get your finances organized, take inventory of where you stand, and ultimately get you ready to close the books on 2019.

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Billfolds and Babies

A baby changes the game in so many ways. I think back to the first time I heard my little boy say “peeeez, Daddy.” I would have handed that little guy nearly anything he wanted with little remorse just because of how cute it was. It makes me think about how as parents, we naturally want to not just meet, but exceed the wants and needs of our children; however, accomplishing that can be quite a challenge. With so much time focused on getting ready mentally, spiritually, and physically for a new baby, it is also fact that soon-to-be parents can especially end up feeling a bit unprepared financially because it is so tough to judge how expensive life as a growing family will be.

Knowing personally and professionally that the fiscal changes associated with parenthood are a gracious plenty, I’ve laid out a few things below that will hopefully make the experience of welcoming a new baby less of a learn-on-the-fly education.

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