Off the Desk and Into Print!

We are pleased to announce the publication of the textbook: Essentials of Personal Financial Planning co-authored by Susan M. Tillery and Thomas N. Tillery.

Personal financial planning is a process, a series of purposeful and deliberate steps taken in order to achieve a personal financial plan for an individual or family. In all, there are seven steps in the PFP process: engage, discover, analyze, recommend, implement, monitor, update. This book shows the financial planner how to help their client take a more holistic approach to their finances and together develop a game plan for their future.

The textbook initially provides broad foundational concepts for the financial planner to build upon before the specific components of the financial planning process are discussed . Subsequent chapters cover the Personal Financial Planning body of knowledge and other PFP topics. Each subject area has learning tools for the financial planner which include review questions and a case study to practically apply the principles, as well as research assignments to further enhance the learning process. An exhaustive Index allows the student to easily look up specific areas that are covered within the textbook.

For more information or to purchase the book click here to link to the AICPA Store.

Americans’ biggest retirement fear

The following interview was recently published in the Journal of Accountancy. In it Susan Tillery, Susan president and co-founder of Paraklete® Financial, Inc., a fully-integrated personal financial planning (PFP) firm, uncovers one of the greatest fears Americans have as they grow older.

As the 4 million people retiring this year think about the future, they fear outliving their money more than anything else.

Forty-one percent of CPA financial planners say running out of money is their clients’ top concern about retirement—including those clients who have a high net worth, according to a survey conducted recently by the AICPA.

Susan Tillary 1x1.25“The elderly are living longer than their projected longevity and, as a result, are running out of money,” said Susan Tillery, CPA/PFS, chair of the AICPA’s PFS Credential Committee. “The fear of running out of money in retirement has always been present. However, we are at a demographic crossroads where the Baby Boomers, who hold the largest amount of retirement assets, are supporting both their parents and their children. This has amplified the fear.” Please continue reading here.