came to Passport Wealth Management (PWM) looking for advice on how to structure Andrea’s compensation package at work. Thanks to a series of career promotions, Andrea had the opportunity to structure the company stock portion of her benefits/compensation package and also needed guidance and advice on how to exercise her vesting stock options.
With two young children, thriving careers, and a go-go-go lifestyle, the couple revealed that they wanted to be less task-list oriented, to slow things down, be less busy and to create the space for Sam to work on passion projects.
Step 1: Discovery
After taking a comprehensive look at their finances, accounts, assets, liabilities, insurance, and the family’s dreams and goals, PWM reviewed Andrea’s compensation package. Taking into account current tax regulations, potential regulatory changes, stock pricing, and the family situation, PWM advised Andrea on how to adjust her stock benefits so that her compensation package would help them move toward their financial and life goals.
Step 2: Re-Aligning Financial Goals and Priorities
Comprehensive financial planning, however, doesn’t just consider the numbers, it takes into account the people. As PWM built a relationship with Sam and Andrea, the PWM team recognized that the couple had worked hard in their 20s and 30s to create a financially comfortable lifestyle, but they had not yet carved out the space for the family to realize the benefits of that hard work.
Step 3: Seeking Financial Freedom
With words like burned out, tapped out, and exhausted being used, PWM suggested that the couple consider whether using their financial freedom to take a conscious step back from their working all the time life would be worthwhile. Sam and Andrea agreed that not only could it be worthwhile, but they would love to find more balance and more space to be together as a family.
Step 4: Showing Financial Balance
Using tools to show Sam and Andrea that their financial future would be secure, even with a conscious step back, PWM provided them with advice, support and evidence to show that they didn’t have to wait – they could carve the time right away.
So where are Sam and Andrea now?
Today, Sam and Andrea are living a life that better balances family time with their career goals. Sam is working part-time, and they are spending more quality time together as a family, taking time to ‘tour the world’ through family time in the kitchen.
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