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By: Michael J. Searcy


You've already hit three home runs for the season—sounds like a great record right? Well, that depends. Are you playing Little League ball, or batting in the major leagues? The truth is, numbers can tell whatever story you want them to tell if they're not being measured against appropriate comparative benchmarks.

Benchmarks—statistical measures of, among other things, inputs, outputs and performance. They're one of the best indicators of how well your financial portfolio is performing against the market, but many investors are often confused by the numbers. Some financial professionals are quick to promote their performance numbers against well-known indicators like the S&P 500 index or the Dow Jones Industrial Average, especially when their numbers far out-perform the standard. However, oftentimes you'll find these quoted benchmarks have little similarity to the allocation of your portfolio.

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By: Jessica Maldonado

4 Questions to Help Determine: Is My 401(k) Plan Broken?

Most plan sponsors really don't know when their plan is broken and they don't know the questions to ask to find out. Plan Sponsors: Ask yourself the four questions below. If you can't answer the questions or find your answers aren't satisfactory, you may be promoting a broken 401(k) plan to your employees.

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By: Michael J. Searcy

When working with caregivers to dependents with special needs, I hear over and over, "The information is available, but making sense of everything is overwhelming!" Caregivers want to keep the hope that their dependent will become a highly functioning individual, so the wait-and-see approach often wins over diving into the details and worrying over creating a long-term plan. On top of the multitude of health concerns caregivers face, the thought of creating lifetime financial assistance for their dependents can be a challenging responsibility that can get pushed to the backburner. While rushing decisions may not be in the best interest of a caregiver, there are steps to be taken that provide a solid start toward preparing for the future.

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By: Jessica Maldonado

To send a child off into the "real world" without teaching him or her how to be smart about money is to set that child up for failure. So when is the right time to begin teaching your children about money? Put a one-dollar bill in your left hand and a $100 bill in your right hand. Then ask your child which one he or she wants. Children who are knowledgeable enough to know that the $100 bill is the one to go for are ready to start learning about money.

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Finding your place in the financial industry can be an overwhelming task. There are a multitude of position types available and you don’t want to waste years determining which one is right for you. We believe internships should be structured to give students a day-to-day glimpse into what it takes to work for an independent RIA firm. This means you do more than just make coffee…a lot more!

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Planning for multi-generational families brings about unique financial concerns when you incorporate different viewpoints, backgrounds and goals. We help families approach uncomfortable issues such as wealth transfer, family foundation planning, and continuity while addressing emotional and psychological perspectives of family members.

We help you identify your specific retirement goals and develop a plan and strategy that can help you achieve them.

By understanding what a successful retirement plan looks like to you and your company, we will help you assess your goals to keep your retirement plan on track to benefit your business and employees. The heavy-lifting of the plan management becomes our responsibility, leaving you free to focus on the management of your business. 

We are committed to quality, support, and ethical business practices so that our Overland Park firm will be your choice for financial advisement.

Searcy Financial helps clients choose an appropriate claiming strategy while addressing life changes, such as divorce and its effect on Social Security.

The confusion associated with giving care to individuals with special needs can be overwhelming. We help families connect with resources, work to understand the prognosis, and get support to navigate Special Needs Trusts and asset protection. Our goal is to enhance the livelihood of you and your dependents, leaving you time to focus on living a full life and celebrating the gift of their presence.

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