Your Guide to Hiring a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Matthew Allgood |

“All good things” don’t just happen. Good outcomes usually arise from good planning and solid execution of a good plan. With that in mind, it is crucial to create a financial plan that seeks to protect your needs now and that plans for the future in a tax-efficient manner. My goal is to assist you in building a solid financial structure that will stand the test of time and grow and create wealth for you and your family. Explore a series of options to learn more about working with a chartered retirement planning counselor.

Importantly, this goal is not so much an end unto itself as it is a means to reaching a position where finances are not an obstacle to achieving the goals and dreams that are important to you.

At Allgood Financial, we never forget that our services are offered to help you achieve what you want. Whether or not we are ultimately successful in getting you there, the process will always focus on what is important to you.

Understanding Financial Security

We have established a process to do this that is based on two critical aspects of financial security: asset preservation and wealth creation. A well-crafted plan must help pursue financial protection for you and your loved ones throughout your life. It must provide for income replacement and asset preservation if the unthinkable were to happen: disability, critical illness, or death. At the same time, such a plan must also aim to build a solid, tax-efficient wealth portfolio that generates returns consistent with a client’s risk tolerance, timeframe, and goals.

Assessing Your Financial Planning Needs

With these goals in mind, we will assess your total financial planning needs together. We will consider important milestones such as major purchases, marriage, children, education, dreams, and retirement. This plan will entail a regular review of ongoing financial management strategies.

Goal-Based Financial Security Planning

This goal-based financial security planning approach is designed to help you:

Define customized short and long-term goals: Ensuring you choose only the right financial products and services tailored to your specific needs and aspirations.

Identify roadblocks or gaps: Pinpointing any obstacles that might impact your financial planning strategy, allowing for proactive adjustments.

Continually monitor your plan: Regularly review your financial plan to ensure it evolves with your changing needs and circumstances, maintaining its effectiveness and relevance over time.

Hiring a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

When securing your financial future, hiring a chartered retirement planning counselor is a good idea. Here are some key considerations to guide you in selecting the right professional for your needs:

Credentials and Accreditation: Look for counselors with recognized credentials such as Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) or Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). Additionally, they must be registered with relevant regulatory bodies such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), or the SEC, depending upon their licensing and approach to delivering financial advice.

Experience and Expertise: Seek professionals with extensive experience in retirement planning and a deep understanding of tax-efficient wealth management strategies. Verify their track record and inquire about their approach to financial planning.

Client-Centric Approach: Choose a counselor who prioritizes your unique goals and aspirations. They should take the time to understand your financial situation comprehensively and tailor their recommendations accordingly.

Communication and Transparency: Effective communication is essential in any client-advisor relationship. Ensure your counselor communicates clearly and transparently, keeping you informed and explaining complex financial concepts in accessible terms.

Fiduciary Duty: Opt for counselors who adhere to a fiduciary standard. This means they are legally obligated to always act in your best interests. This ensures they prioritize your financial well-being above all else.

By following these guidelines and partnering with a qualified chartered retirement planning counselor, you can take proactive steps toward securing your financial future and confidently pursuing your long-term goals.


Remember, the key to financial success lies in careful planning, diligent execution, and ongoing review and adjustment. With the proper guidance and support, you can build a solid financial foundation that withstands the test of time and enables you to enjoy a fulfilling retirement and pursue your dreams without financial constraints.

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