On today’s Intelligent Money Minute, we interview Larry Swedroe on the value of having a written financial plan. A written financial plan helps one avoid glaring holes that may not be apparent before writing it down. Also, studies show that those with a written financial plan tend to stick it far more than those who don’t. During this episode, Larry gives multiple examples of how some avoided financial disaster with a written financial plan and some who experienced financial disaster due to not having one.

Many people plan more for their summer vacations and weddings than then do their retirement. Studies have shown that people are more committed to a written financial plan. At Intelligent Investing, we guide our retirees into and through retirement, and one of the ways we do that is through creating a comprehensive written financial plan. We review your retirement concerns and risks, and we dive deep into your spending needs, wants, and wishes. Typically, we review the financial plan annually with you and update it as needed for life events as life changes. If you are interested in having an independent professional guide you in creating a comprehensive written plan, please go to  “Get Started.”

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Larry was among the first authors to publish a book that explained the science of investing in layman’s terms, “The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need.” He has since authored seven more books.

Larry Swedroe Bio

Since joining the Buckingham Strategic Wealth in 1996, Chief Research Officer Larry Swedroe has spent his time and energy educating investors on the benefits of evidence-based investing.

In his role as chief research officer and as a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and Board of Directors, Larry regularly reviews the findings published in dozens of peer-reviewed financial journals, evaluates the outcomes and uses the result to inform the firm’s formal investment strategy recommendations.

Larry’s dedication to helping others has made him a sought-after national speaker. He has made appearances on national television shows airing on NBC, CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg Personal Finance. Larry is a prolific writer, contributing regularly to multiple outlets, including Advisor Perspectives and ETF.com.

Before joining Buckingham, Larry was vice chairman of Prudential Home Mortgage and senior vice president at Citicorp.

Larry holds an MBA in finance and investment from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College.


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