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

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

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.

 

What is Financial Planning?

Elissa BuieWe are excited to have Elissa Buie join us to discuss what is financial planning. She owns one-half of the Yeske Buie firm which is on the front lines of pushing our profession forward.

Elissa sits on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Financial Planning, is a past Chair of the national Financial Planning Association and is a Dean for the FPA’s Residency Program. She has published multiple papers in the Journal of Financial Planning and in 2013 she was awarded the P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award.

If that’s not enough, she has quite literally wrote the book (or at least 17 chapters) of the CFP Board’s Financial Planning Competency Handbook.

Understanding and practicing financial planning is what separates us from being an industry and being a true profession. I believe there is no one better to have talk to us about this than Elissa Buie!

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“Financial planning is something different and it’s actually magical. It takes a process, the relationship that’s built, and number crunching… and turns it into more than the sum of its parts.”

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

Dave GrantDave Grant is an internationally known planner from the Chicago-land area and in this episode he helps us to respond to an e-mail from Kristen, a financial advisor and listener.  She shared with us her story and struggles with feeling lost in the industry. I know there are far more people in financial planning that can relate to her, and her questions, than we might think.  This is a hard profession to break into, but it is worth it.

Thank you, Kristen, for the e-mail.  I hope you know that you are not alone and that you find your place in the profession.

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“In our day and age.. you see everyone’s good parts. You don’t see the struggle that people have gone through.”

 

“The dark side of becoming an RIA owner”

Finance for Teachers

Finance for Teachers Network

Fox Financial Planning Network