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Step Two
Determine the True Purpose of Money in Your Life

As a financial advisor, I specialize in doing what we call Purpose-Focused Financial Planning™. What this means is that before I start trying to figure out how much money my clients may need for their futures, I first help them try to get a clear idea of what they see as their purpose in life.

This concept often surprises people. The media and the investment industry have gotten us so focused on what they call "retirement planning" that everyone thinks personal finance is all about determining how much money you need at retirement. In fact, most people assume that when they meet with a financial advisor or planner the conversation should focus on specific investments, net worth calculations, tax rates, and how many years they will have to work before they can retire. While all these things are important, they are not what is most important. What I believe is most important is first having a conversation about what it is that matters most to you. What is it that you stand for and what it is that you care most deeply about? In other words, what are your values?

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David, in August 2005 I moved with no family or friends from Rome (Italy) to Los Angeles. My first year was tough. I shortly ruined my credit, I was missing payments on several credit cards and I was living paycheck by paycheck. I always been a planner and a dreamer, but I completely lacked any education or role model on personal finance. In Italy my family, once millionaire, arrived at the edge of bankruptcy and I was probably going to face the same destiny if my friend Amy did not lend me you ... more



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    David Bach is Vice Chairman of Edelman Financial Services LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. He is an Investment Advisor Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and a Registered Representative of (and offers securities through) Sanders Morris Harris Inc., an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC