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Arrow Up We wanted to evaluate other investment strategies and compensation methods. We were getting tired of the fees that we were being charged. We don't want to get "nickel & dimed" to death with transaction and management fees. Thank you WiserAdvisor for helping us find our advisor! Arrow Down

Profile: Gary is in his early 50s, married, corporate hardware and software manager in Minneapolis, MN. He enjoys personal investing and model airplanes / trains.
Portfolio Size: $800K

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Retirement is known as a time for relaxation, and the opportunity for most people to pursue their hobbies and spend time with loved ones at their leisure. However, planning for retirement is a practice that most individuals need to start early if they wish to live a comfortable and worry-free retirement. Irrespective of how you wish to spend your time in retirement, it is vital that you have financial strategies in place during your working years to manage and grow your money in order to sustain your retirement lifestyle. This involves finding suitable investments, saving consistently, being up to date with the latest financial trends, and more. While this can seem daunting, starting early and seeking timely financial advice can help ensure you are on the right path to living a happy and fulfilling retirement.

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The designations held by an advisor are often earned through required coursework and examinations that test an advisor's knowledge in various specialized areas. Some designations are designed specifically for advisors who work with retirees, while other designations show specialization in insurance or business. No two designations are exactly alike, and some are more renowned than others. Thus, advisor designations help investors see which advisors are more suited to their financial requirements and goals.

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