The Retirement Guys: Protecting What Matters IIWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
What matters to you the most? Let me (Mark) take a guess. If you’re like us, it is faith, family and the difference we can make from day to day with the work or cause that we are engaged in.
If you have been around awhile and realize time is getting away from you, you understand one of the most important aspects of life is people and the relationships you have with them. It is the time you get to spend with those you care deeply about. You can think about all of the wonderful possessions you have acquired during your time on earth and at some point it all may not mean a whole lot compared to the opportunity to be with loved ones and spend precious time making memories. Remember the song by Harry Chapin called Cat’s In the Cradle? It was about how a dad did not have a whole lot of time to spend with his son because he was busy trying to make his way in the world. Trying to get his work done and support his family and before he knew it, his son was grown and off to a life of his own. As he was getting older he realized the importance of spending time with his son, but now his son was off making his way and could not find the time for him. “When you coming home son? I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then, Dad.”
If you have accumulated some valuable possessions, it is amazing to me how as life goes on, the monetary value of things is way less important than it used to be. When we are young we think a lot about how much money we may be able to get for something of value. If that something of value has sentiment attached to it, it becomes less and less important how much money we can exchange it for the older we get. If you are somewhat comfortable financially it can be much more important to hang on to something because of its’ sentimental value. My father-in-law had an old Gibson electric guitar from the 1950s. When I first learned of this, I was fairly young and my first thought was how much money it might be worth. I later started taking guitar lessons with my kids and we all gained an appreciation for how beautiful and instrument it is. My father-in-law left the guitar to me when he passed away. Because the guitar belonged to their Grandpa, my kids and I place a lot of sentimental value on it. We intend to keep it in the family and pass it down from generation to generation.
So far, in considering what matters, I have talked about people and possessions. What about money? Certainly money matters greatly when you start to think about being able to live out your life and the desire to take care of your family. The biggest concern we get when we ask clients when them come into our office is “not outliving my money.” Obviously, with money comes freedom. Money also allows the ability to enjoy life more. It even allows you the opportunity to help others. Isn’t that what it is all about? Since people and money and possessions matter, it is very important to protect what really matters the most.
This brings me to telling you about an important Retirement Guys event that you are not going to want to miss. Perhaps you have been reading our column in the Toledo Free Press for sometime or been listening to us on the radio and never had the chance to meet us. We are holding a special one night only event – “Protecting What Matters” – featuring Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Army, Toledo native and Bronze Star recipient, Joseph Bowser, and
, who is also the author of the book Seal of God. These two gentlemen will share their experiences in helping protect our country. Nolan and I would love for you to come out so we can get a chance to say hello. Also, Chartered Financial Analyst Darren Munn will be giving an Economic Update to give us all some insight on the economy and what we can be thinking about when it comes to our money. The first 50 people attending with a guest will receive a copy of Chad Williams book, Seal of God.
“Protecting What Matters” will take place on Jan. 31, 2014 at The Pinnacle in Maumee starting at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending this special event, please call Dana Nehren at our office at (419) 842-0550 or email her at DNehren@nextfinancial.com. We hope to see you there.
For more information about The Retirement Guys, tune in every Saturday at 1 PM on 1370 WSPD or visit www.retirementguysradio.com. Securities and Investment Advisory Services are offered through NEXT Financial Group Inc., Member FINRA / SIPC. NEXT Financial Group, Inc. does not provide tax or legal advice. The Retirement Guys are not an affiliate of NEXT Financial Group. The office is at 1700 Woodlands Drive, Suite 100, Maumee, OH 43537. 419-842-0550