Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome

I’m so excited to have Bill Simonet, CFP® of Simonet Financial Group on the podcast with us today. Bill shares his career path from a captive insurance agent to an independent broker dealer to now a fee-only RIA. Not only does Bill dive into the differences of each, he shares what he has done to be successful as a business owner.

This is a great episode, you’re going to enjoy it!

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“Simply having the education isn’t enough but it’s implementation and exposure from a young age and consistency that matters… If it’s ingrained in you it’s something that’s important and then it’s something you’re going to do. You have to see it and practice and you have to know that it works!”

The Art of Finance

FPA of Austin

Wiser Together – The Power of Mentoring

Today is the last of a three-part series with Carol Craigie and Catalina Franco-Cicero of Fiscal Fitness Clubs. Carol and Cat were introduced through the FPA Mentor Match program several years ago and have since become business partners.

Both Carol and Cat believe in the power of mentoring and are a great example of what it looks like to learn from each other. On this episode, they share what their mentoring meetings looked like, tips on how to find and build a successful mentoring relationship, and why it is important to find a mentor.

Personally, having a mentor has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career and I know my firm and career wouldn’t be what it is today without it. I have to thank Carol and all of those who mentor other planners. Their willingness to give back is inspiring and their work matters.

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“You’re there for each other through thick and thin. It takes time to build that… and it takes time to get to that point.”

 

FPA Mentor Match program

The Evolution of a Practice

Todays’ guest is  Jude Boudreaux, CFP® from Upperline Financial Planning and I’m excited to share his story with everyone on the podcast. I first met Jude at a NexGen Gathering right around the time he was starting his firm.  Jude is six years in and shares several of the ways he has found success in his practice and is now running a $400,000+ firm.

He  is a great example of what it looks like to leverage your experience to build a successful practice from the ground up.

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“People can work fine with conflicts. I just think we should all acknowledge that every model has a conflict.”

 

the Four Kolbe Action Modes®

3 Questions That Will Get Your Finances — and Life — on Track

 

Shaping the Profession: Growing Together with Academia

This week’s guest is  Dr. Nathan Harness,  the TD Ameritrade Director of Financial Planning at Texas A&M University. I’m excited to talk with Nathan about the past, present and future of financial planning. It is exciting to have an impact on the future of our profession and I hope young professionals continue moving our profession forward towards what it should be.

When we as practitioners partner with academia we can help each other build a stronger profession and ultimately help provide better outcomes for our clients.

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“If students can’t see that this is an opportunity for them then they are never going to be a part of it.”

 

40 Under 40 2016: Nathan Harness – InvestmentNews

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

Texas Tech University Financial Planning Academy

About Michael E. Kitces

Sudden Money

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The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

Junior Achievement USA

The Story that is Dave Grant: Act 2

Dave GrantThanks for joining us for part 2 of my interview with Dave Grant from Retirement Matters. Once again, Dave’s willingness to open up and honestly share his experiences as an RIA owner is a breath of fresh air to young planners striving to carve out their place in the profession. As planners we should build honest, real, and refreshing relationships with our clients and very few “success stories” are as honest, real, and refreshing as Dave’s.

Today we pick the interview right where we left off and if you enjoy these episodes be sure to check out Dave Grant’s writing in Financial Planning Magazine and his book!

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“One of the things I’ve learned over the last 18 months is… I have to be very self aware with things that I’m doing. And I continually have to check myself. To say is what I’m doing now, and what it’s going to be… is this something that’s a strength of mine? And should I be focusing on it?”

The First Year: The Diary of a New RIA Owner

NexGen

NAPFA Genesis

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs: Elevate Your SELF to Elevate Your BUSINESS

Our first episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

The Backstory and the Numbers

Dave GrantDave Grant returns for another episode… or two? Dave is one of my good friends and founder of Retirement Matters. One of the things I most appreciate about Dave is his willingness to open up and share all sides of his experience as an RIA owner.  Today we’ll dive into his backstory and “the numbers” so I hope you enjoy the episode. We had a really good discussion and had to break it into two episodes. There was so much good stuff that we didn’t want to leave anything out.

If “ownership” is something you’ve grown tired of or it’s something you’re tired of wanting… don’t miss this episode!

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“I was very much on cloud nine at that point and it gradually got down to cloud three and cloud minus nine. It did not stay up there. Client acquisition was hard. I was still trying to get my foot in the door of this niche…. I knew the market was there and I knew they needed help.”

 

The First Year: The Diary of a New RIA Owner

FPA NexGen

NAPFA Genesis

Our previous episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

 

Creative, Fee-only, and Successful

Holly Thomas

Holly P. Thomas, a CFP® and author of The Mindful Money Mentality, joins us this week to discuss her career path and financial planning practice. Holly has successfully built a fee-only financial planning firm that is paid purely on advice as she does not manage any investments or sell any products.

Holly has been an inspiration to me with her regular content, whether that be her blog, her newsletter or videos. Her newsletter is one of the best financial advisor newsletters I’ve seen and in this episode, she gives practical tips on how to create engaging content.

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“Sometimes financial planners are in the honored position of hearing things from clients they have never shared with anyone before. If I can create that safe space… I’ve done the best job I could do.”

Wired for Wealth

The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge

Constant Contact: Email Marketing Software

Reinventing the Firm of the Future

James Matthews

Today on the podcast Hannah interviews James Matthews, CFP®, the Managing Director of Blueprint, a next generation financial planning firm in Charlotte, NC. James is on the front lines designing the financial planning firm of the future on a large scale and providing financial planning advice to younger clients who need it.

James shares his unique background, from working at a bank and then a call center, and how each step taught him skills that he is using now to create a new model of financial planning.

I am excited to share this episode with you and can’t wait to see what the future holds for James and Blueprint. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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“A lot of times people don’t know what financial planning is until you show it to them. They just have this idea that they have a bunch of stuff going on and it’s confusing to them… We’re trying to make this as accessible and least threatening as possible.”

 

The Monthly Retainer Model in Financial Planning

XY Planning Network

Dimensional Fund Advisors 

George Kinder

Financial Therapy

Carl Richards

 

Registered Principal and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS). OSJ: 4201 Congress Street, Suite 295, Charlotte, NC 28209, (704)-552-8507. Securities products and advisory services offered through PAS, member FINRA, SIPC. Managing Director of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Guardian. Blueprint is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian.

 

Building Your Own Thing and Working with Family

Stephanie McCulloughStephanie McCullough of Sofia Financial sits down with Hannah to discuss the difficulties of working with your family. Stephanie was a career changer almost 20 years ago (before that she worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC!) and today she works at the firm she founded. Her goal is to empower women to make wise financial decisions because everyone deserves quality, objective advice and excellent service.

“I can’t promise you any returns. I’m not a mutual fund family.”

The Kinder Institute of Life Planning

MoneyGuidePro: Financial Planning Software

The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money

Sudden Money

Fox Financial Planning Network

 

 

The Most Important Profession in the 21st Century

Dick WagnerFor this week’s episode I sat down with Richard B. Wagner, JD, CFP® to discuss financial planning as a noble profession.  I should note: Dick has been a thought leader since the 1980s – when financial planning looked quite differently than it does today. He has served in leadership roles in the IAFP and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and he has also served on countless committees and task forces including the CFP Board of Standards.

Dick has been one of the most influential voices throughout the decades and in 2003 he received the P. Kemp Fain Award. He has written several books on our profession (most recently Financial Planning 3.0) and one of his most influential pieces has challenged and inspired us for almost three decades.

Dick wrote “To Think Like a CFP” for the Journal of Financial Planning back in 1989 and today I’m excited to share my conversation with him about that pivotal moment with you.

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“I think it’s a shame that financial services companies believe [financial planning] is a great sales tool… rather than seeing it for all the spectacular abilities that it has and the spectacular needs that it must fill.”

Financial Planning 3.0: Evolving Our Relationships with Money

George Kinder of The Kinder Institute of Life Planning

Sudden Money Institute