Heights, IL – These are heady days for the
U.S. stock market, but not for legions of investors
who ignored their portfolios in recent years or sat
on the sidelines during last year’s run-up.
It’s time that people began to pay attention
to their investments again. So Kiplinger's
Personal Finance magazine is partnering with
the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
to sponsor “National Jump-Start your
Retirement Days”—a chance to get free
financial advice by telephone from the nation’s
premier financial planners.
“A lot of people are still paralyzed after the
past few years—their investments are a mess or
they are confused about what to do,” says Kiplinger’s
Personal Finance editor Fred W. Frailey. “We
want to help people get back on track, and sometimes
the best way to do that is by talking directly with
a financial expert.”
From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. EST on three separate Fridays—February
6 and 20 and March 5—NAPFA-Registered Financial
Advisors will be standing by to answer people’s
most pressing financial questions. Examples: Am I saving
enough to live the lifestyle I want in retirement?
Is my money invested properly? What kind of IRA should
I have? How should I be investing my 401(k)? What do
I need to know about estate planning? This service
is free for absolutely everyone.
NAPFA is a 1,060 member organization of Fee-Only comprehensive
financial advisors. NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors
must meet the highest professional education, competency
and compensation standards. They are knowledgeable
not just about investments, but also insurance, estate
planning, tax planning and retirement planning. Normally,
their services cost between $100 to $250 an hour.
“Retirement is a major issue for many people,
regardless of age,” says NAPFA member Sherrill
St. Germain of New Means Financial Planning of Hollis,
NH. “Clients are not just concerned about when
they will be able to quit working, they’re worried
about if they will actually be able to retire. I look
forward to the opportunity to help people who call
in through the toll free hotline.”
The toll-free number to call during the “National
Jump-Start Your Retirement Days” is 1-888-919-2345.
Further information on this initiative and on reviving
your retirement plan can be found in the upcoming March
2004 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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