Kiplinger and NAPFA Partner to Offer Free Financial Advice

by News Guy on January 14, 2011

Washington, DC (January 12, 2011)—For consumers wrestling with questions about retirement, help will soon be a phone call—or mouse click—away.  For the tenth time, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) are teaming up to sponsor Jump-Start Your Retirement Plan Days—two opportunities to make sure Americans are well-equipped for their golden years.

On Friday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, NAPFA members across the country will be standing by to answer consumers’ financial questions by phone or online. Normally these Fee-Only planners, well versed in investments, taxes, insurance, estate planning, and saving for college and retirement, charge clients $150 to $300 an hour. But, during Jump-Start Days, their expert advice is FREE. Just dial toll-free 888-919-2345 or log on to www.kiplinger.com/links/jumpstart/ to participate in an online discussion with an advisor.

“For over 60 years, Kiplinger’s has been answering readers’ financial questions—but now it’s your chance to get one-on-one advice,” says Kiplinger’s Personal Finance editor Janet Bodnar. “Whether you are concerned about saving enough, investing appropriately or figuring out how to create a stream of income you can’t outlive, Jump-Start Your Retirement Plan Days can help put you on the path to a worry-free retirement.”

Since its inception, Jump-Start Your Retirement Plan Days have provided more than 37,000 consumers with more than 140,000 hours worth of free financial advice. “Volunteer advisors from across the country are primed and ready to help as many people as possible,” says NAPFA chief executive officer Ellen Turf. “It is incredibly rewarding for them to have such a positive impact on so many lives.”

To make the most of the financial checkup, callers and website visitors should have relevant documents on hand, such as 401(k) statements with a menu of investment options. If a question is too complex to be answered on the spot, questioners may be directed to NAPFA’s Web site, www.napfa.org, where they can look for a planner in their area.

For more information on the Jump-Start project and tips on making the most of your retirement savings, see the cover story in the February 2011 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance or visit www.kiplinger.com/links/jumpstart/ or www.napfa.org.

About Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation’s first personal finance magazine. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, the Kiplinger editors remain dedicated to delivering sound, unbiased advice for your family and your business in clear, concise language. Become a fan of Kiplinger on Facebook and follow Kiplinger updates on Twitter.

About NAPFA

Since 1983, The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) has provided Fee-Only financial planners across the country with some of the strictest professional competency guidelines, comprehensive financial planning, and Fee-Only compensation. With more than 2,400 members across the country, NAPFA has become the leading professional association in the United States dedicated to the advancement of Fee-Only financial planning. For more information on NAPFA, please visit www.napfa.org.

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