Moving from “tax” prep to “life” prep

At this time of year, everyone becomes a master at document gathering.  There is a shoe box or a filing system or a folder on your laptop to hold all the tax-related documents which are needed to complete your income tax returns.  It requires a diligent attitude to ensure nothing has been neglected or omitted which is important to the outcome of the bottom line.  Once the taxes have been submitted for the year, there is always a sigh of relief in getting to completion. Before you pack everything up and put it away for another year, take a step beyond tax prep and begin your life prep.  What does life prep really mean?  Like tax preparation, the devil is in the details and it is critical to your financial success that you take the time to examine and shore up the other areas of your financial life. You can start with that recently completed tax return.  Did you save to your employer plan and thereby reduce your current income?  If eligible, did you contribute to a Roth or regular Read on! →

A Hidden Gem in the Asheville Mountains

Many have had the pleasure of visiting Asheville and the surrounding area.  You may have visited during fall foliage season or in the spring when Biltmore’s gardens were in full bloom.  However, there is a lesser known event which occurs in the Asheville area twice a year and may be perfect to explore as you contemplate an important time of your life, retirement.   The concept of lifelong learning is not a new one.  Many take advantage of learning opportunities throughout their lives, completing degree programs at all ages.  However, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) located in the mountains of Asheville, takes that learning to new heights.  The topography of this small corner of the UNC Asheville campus helps and the offerings at the institute offer an amazing variety to please every sense.  One of their most unique offerings is a weekend adventure called, Paths to Creative Retirement.   The Institute hosts a 2 ½ day workshop focused on the many facets of retirement.  While your Financial Advisor typically helps you plan for the financial aspects of retirement, this workshop Read on! →

Cheryl Sherrard quoted in recent online article

Cheryl Sherrard was recently quoted in an article entitled “Here’s Why It’s Taking so Long to Hit your Money Goals”, in Grow Magazine.  She offered advice regarding employee deferrals to 401(k) plans, reminding readers that contributing only up to your employer match amount is not likely to be enough for your eventual retirement.  This is an area where employees can make changes to save more quickly for the future. To see the article in it’s entirety, click here.

Did you know the Serenity Prayer applies to your financial plan?

Many of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer.  Most individuals understand there are areas of their lives which they can’t control, as well as areas which are entirely within their control.  Thankfully, having the serenity to accept, the courage to change and the wisdom to know the difference might just make the financial journey more enjoyable. In financial planning, there are aspects which are “known” and entirely in your control.  There are also those things which are “assumed”, that may or may not be in your control and that can lead to an uncertain outcome.    A well-constructed plan dives into the details of your life, documents the known factors, and makes educated assumptions about what the future might hold and predicts an outcome.  Some of the assumptions however, are made in areas that are entirely out of your control and therefore can sometimes seem like a shot in the dark. So what does all of this mean for a secure future?  For retirement planning to be most successful, you must distinguish which areas you can control and those you Read on! →

Retiring Soon? Here are the 5 things you should do first

A recent article on Grandparents.com entitled “Retiring Soon?  Here are the 5 things you should do first” was written by Kristen Sturt and featured advice by Cheryl Sherrard.  Cheryl’s advice included the following; Start tracking your new daily expenses Now that you’re not working, your daily expenditures will change, possibly drastically. “I tell new retirees that it can take a year or two to adjust to retirement and really know what you will spend on average,” says Cheryl Sherrard of Clearview Wealth Management in Charlotte, NC, “and you need to know what your retirement income can support, even in bad market years.” Fill your calendar with meaningful activities Why did you retire? Now is the time to discover the real reason. “Find your passion,” urges Sherrard. “I’ve seen too many individuals retire ‘from’ something and not ‘to’ something. While it takes everyone time to get used to retirement, you have to find a reason to get up in the morning, whether it is volunteering, gardening, finding a part-time gig, etc.” Making concrete plans. “Many are surprised that their goal of Read on! →