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Why Does IMG Recommend Kaiser and Soldivo Products

(Author’s note: I encountered a post in social media which said IMG and Kaiser are owned by the same group of people and that this is the reason why IMG is pushing Kaiser. I quickly wrote a lengthy reply which I polished a little and reproduce below.)

You will note that the Ayala group of companies, the SM group of companies, the Gokongwei group of companies, the Metrobank group of companies and various other groups of companies have many common directors and incorporators in the different companies within the same group. Interlocking directorates are a common facet of the corporate world. It just means multiple companies in the same group are employing synergies to work and cooperate towards attaining interlocking goals.

For the IMG group, the goal is to help Filipino families achieve financial freedom through financial education,  excellent but affordable financial products and powerful business platforms.

Why Does IMG Recommend Kaiser Long Term Health Care?

Most HMO companies today cater to short term healthcare of people who are generally young and healthy. There are very few who cater to senior citizens. Most HMO plans are for employees who are currently working and their dependents. Hence, the moment they resign, or retire, they and their dependents lose their coverage unless the former employee decides to shoulder the substantial costs of premium. In most cases, the resigned or retired employee, and dependent end up with no coverage.

The irony is you get excellent healthcare while you are young and healthy but you do not get healthcare when you are old or sickly or can no longer afford to pay. Most HMOs also have very little life protection coverage for members.

You will note that there are no viable long term healthcare products in the country today, except the Kaiser Ultimate and Kaiser Premium Health Builder products.

The premise of long term health care is very simple and logical.

  • pay for your health care today while you are young, and healthy and productive and can afford to pay, then
  • enjoy healthcare when you are old, or sickly, or can no longer pay.

If later, you need healthcare and you do not have short term healthcare, use your long term health care plan for hospitalization. If the Lord decides to take you home early, the long term health care plan gives your family the proceeds of life insurance. Hence you use your investment to get health and life protection within the maturity period.

And when the plan matures, you have the option to get the balance of your investment plus earnings, or keep it for future healthcare purposes.

In the case of Kaiser Ultimate, you pay for 7 years, to get 20 years of health AND life protection. On maturity, you can opt to get your investments including all profits/interests, or keep your fund growing at 7 to 10% compounded annual growth rate, definitely much more than the current 0.2% growth in savings accounts. You effectively have health care protection until you have “spent” all your health care investments.

If you paid your HMO for short term plans, and pay for 7 years, you will get 7 years of protection, and no more protection after the 7th year. Whatever benefits are unused at the end of each policy year are gone forever. None of the premiums are paid back to you.

One can avail of Kaiser short- and long-term plans whether one is an IMG member or not. IMG considers Kaiser Ultimate as a complete level 1 investment, and very strongly recommends it, especially to its own members.

Kaiser Ultimate Health Builder

Kaiser Ultimate Health Builder is a level 1 product which provides different benefits at different periods

Kaiser Ultimate by itself is difficult to understand.

  • If people compare it to short term healthcare, they will say there are better short term plans.
  • If people compare it to insurance, they will say there are better insurance options.
  • If people compare it to investment, they will say there are better investments.

This is because Kaiser Ultimate is an entry level product designed to give you the most basic and complete initial protection benefits while starting your investment.

  • If you think it does not have enough short term health protection, you can complement it with additional health care of your choice
  • If you think it does not have enough insurance coverage, you can complement it with additional PhilamMOST group yearly renewable term life insurance (available only to IMG members with active Kaiser long term plan)
  • if you think it does not have enough investment value, you can complement it with additional investments in the mutual fund(s) of your choice.

The combination Kaiser Ultimate + Philam MOST + MUtual Funds is unbeatable.

Why Does IMG Recommend the Soldivo Funds?

The Soldivo Bond Fund  (a bond fund) and Soldivo Strategic Growth Fund (an equity mutual fund) were launched only in October 2014, at below P1.00 par value.  As young funds, they have the potential to aggressively and quickly grow.

SSGF is considered a moderate-to-high risk type of fund, investing in shares of the companies listed in the primary and secondary boards of the Philippine Stock Exchange. Recommended for investors with a higher risk appetite who require the growth potential of the equity markets. Its investment objective is capital growth with returns and inflows derived out of investments in equity securities. This is one of the best options for investors who want to access and capitalize on the immense growth opportunities of the Philippine equity market.

The Soldivo funds are managed by respected personalities in local finance, led by Rex Mendoza, former CEO of Philamlife and former adviser to the group CEO of the AIA Group.  Rex Mendoza was also at the helm of Philam Asset Management Inc (PAMI) during the explosive growth years for PAMI mutual funds. We believe the fund management group has the requisite expertise to drive the growth of the funds.

Kaiser International is a major investor in Soldivo funds.  The stronger the Soldivo funds are, the more secure the Kaiser investments are, and thus, the better service Kaiser can provide to its members and planholders.

Soldivo mutual funds are available for retail to IMG members only at this time.

IMG includes Soldivo Bond Fund in its list of recommended bond funds, and Soldivo Strategic Growth Fund in its list of recommended equity mutual funds.  IMG recommends a combination of bond and equity mutual funds as the preferred mode of paper investment.

What Benefits Do IMG Members Get?

IMG members get

  • free lifetime financial education,
  • free lifetime financial checkup,
  • free lifetime training on insurance, mutual funds,real estate and various money topics
    discount/rebates on financial products
  • opportunity to help others, especially family and friends, save and invest,
  • opportunity to earn commission and build a big business

Why don’t you drop by and listen to what we have to say?

Our mission is to help Filipino families achieve financial freedom, NO FAMILY LEFT BEHIND! It starts with learning how money works, then teaching our family and friends how to save, invest and increase cash flow, and then reaching out to extended circles.

Register for our free seminar!

Bo Sanchez’ TrulyRichClub is better than Stock Market Seminar

Let me share with you why I think joining Bo Sanchez’ TrulyRichClub can (in some ways) be better than attending the live Bo Sanchez Stock Market seminar.

Bo Sanchez’ Stock Market seminar will be at least cover the following major topics:

  • theology of money
  • how simple it is to invest in the stock market
  • strategic averaging method
  • getting a stock market account

Bo Sanchez’s materials for these topics are available to all members of the TrulyRichClub.

Blessing #5 for members is the “How to be TrulyRich” seminar, which basically discussed Theology of Money: the ultimate purpose of being rich is to help bless others.

Blessing #10 is a free eBook “My Maid Invests in the Stock Market” which details how simple it is to invest in the stock market.

Day zero downloads for new members introduce the following:

  • Strategic Averaging Method
  • how to get a stock market account
  • how to use the Stocks Update Newsletter to guide you on what stocks to buy

Blessing #11 is the Stocks Update Newsletter

Day zero downloads also include a PDF and tutorial video on

  • how to get a stock market account

So actually, it is much better to join the TrulyRichClub (continued online mentoring) than attending the seminar.

It is like having a concert DVD you can play again and again, versus attending the actual concert.
Attending the Stock Market Seminar simply teaches you how to gain financial wealth through the Philippine stock market.  Joining the TrulyRichClub also teaches you how to gain spiritual abundance as well.

Members get 11 blessings:

  • Blessing #1 Receive 2 “PowerTalks” every month (instant access via MP3)
  • Blessing #2 Receive Bo’s “Success Mentors” Collection (1 every 3 months for 1 Year) — FREE
  • Blessing #3 Receive “WealthStrategies” newsletters every month — FREE
  • Blessing #4 Receive “Daily GodWhispers” Email — FREE
  • Blessing #5 Receive “How To Be Truly Rich Seminar” — FREE
  • Blessing #6 Receive “How To Conquer Your Goliath” Ebook — FREE
  • Blessing #7 Receive “How To Turn Thoughts Into Things” Ebook –FREE
  • Blessing #8 Earn Passive Income by being Bo’s Affiliate in the TrulyRichClub
  • Blessing #9 Earn Passive Income with Bo’s other Internet Work
  • Blessing #10 Receive The Very Practical Ebook, “My Maid Invests In The Stock Market…And Why You Should Too.” — FREE
  • Blessing #11 Receive “Stocks Update” newsletter — FREE

Note that the last blessing #11, the Stocks Update newsletter, also gives you stock tips on

  • what stocks/issues to buy,
  • how much to buy,
  • what stocks to sell,
  • how much to sell.

It is stock market investing made easy!

Listen to Bo Sanchez tell you how to join the TrulyRich Club!

How to Spend Your 13th Month Pay

Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of the year when Filipinos are happiest.  Many are eager to receive their 13th month pay to buy presents for family and friends, and to splurge a little on gadgets.  For some, there are extras, perhaps even a 14th and 15th month pay.

How do I spend my 13th month pay?

How do I spend my 13th month pay?

How do you use it?  I strongly suggest you think a little beyond the holiday season, Christmas presents and merry making.  Why don’t you….

  1. Plan

Close to 70% of people who get large amounts of money go broke within 5 to 7 years.  This is because many people are so unfamiliar with having a large amount of money.  Plan how to use your money, and budget how much you want to spend for Christmas and how much you want to allot for more productive use.A good rule of thumb is 10% for your spiritual community, 20% for your future, and 70% for your expenses and lifestyle:

  • 10% for your eternity
  • 20% for your maturity
  • 70% for your family

And then you plan further.  How do you spend your 70%?

  1. Protect Your Family

Have you considered what would happen if the Lord decides to call you home early?  What would happen to your family?  You can be healthy today, but what if tomorrow, you meet an accident?  Will your family go hungry?Buy SUFFICIENT life insurance coverage.  There are inexpensive options available, such as term life insurance.  P6,000 annual premium at age 25 can buy you P1M coverage.Combined with some mutual fund investments, P3,000 per month for 10 years can  buy P1.2M of life insurance at age 25, slowly growing to more than P4.8M coverage ( or P3.8M cash benefit) by age 60.

Learn about protection, savings and investment in free seminars,  like the SAVING YOUR FUTURE seminars on Practical Money Management from IMG.

  1. Eliminate debt

The typical Filipino makes strange financial decisions.  Most save in banks where their money earns 0.20% per year (that simply means if you put P100,000 in the bank on Jan 1, then by December 31, the bank will give you P200 interest after withholding tax), but borrow from the “friendly Bumbay” at 5-6, or from the “sosyal” credit card company at 3.5% PER MONTH.

Pay your credit card debt. By paying  credit card debt you effectively invest your money at a rate at least equal to the 3.5% they charge you.

Read more about How to Invest by Paying Your Credit Card, and earn an equivalent compounded annual growth rate of approximately 51%

  1. Invest

Investing is increasing the value of your assets using your existing resources, like time and money.  While some consider investing a science, there are enough elements of creativity involved, I prefer to think of it as an art.Investing in your greatest asset – you – is probably your best investment.  You probably invested hundreds of thousands of pesos in your formal education (elementary, high school, college) so you can get a good job, and work for money.

Invest in your financial education, to learn how make money work for you, and to gain financial wealth and spiritual abundance at the same time.  Join the TrulyRichClub.

Start by taking a crash course in stock market investing.Invest in safe investment vehicles to build your retirement fund and your children’s college funds. Equity mutual funds and UITFs are good starting points.

  1. Setup Your Emergency fund

Setup your emergency fund, normally three to six months of your living expenses.  Emergencies are for emergencies or unexpected large expenses such as medical emergencies or temporary unemployment.  Sale in malls are not emergencies, even if your dream shoes are on sale at 70% off.

Keep your emergency funds in savings or time deposits.

  1. Indulge

Spend a little on yourself.  Save specifically on little pleasures for yourself, maybe an occasional vacation or adventure.  Save for your future, but  treat your present self every now and then.

A note on the 10% for Eternity

Share your blessings  to your spiritual community and to the less fortunate.  Remember we are merely managers of of God’s wealth.  Giving actually makes you feel more blessed, and appreciate the abundance of God’s universe.  Giving makes you win in all areas of your life.  In other words, TrulyRich.


Bobet Prudente is a financial coach and Senior Marketing Director at IMG TrulyRichMakers.  He is a member of Bo Sanchez’ TrulyRichClub .  He conducts regular FREE Saving Your Future seminars on Practical Money Management Techniques in Quezon City.

 

How to Become a Young Millionaire

Join the TrulyRichKids’ HOW TO BECOME A YOUNG MILLIONAIRE Camp on March 28, 2015, 9:00am to 5pm, to be held in Pasig City (near ULTRA).

This Camp has two classes: One class is designed for kids ages 9 to 12 years old and the second class is designed for teens ages 13 to 19.

Robbie Cabrillas

Robbie Cabrillas is a Grade 5 student at Marian School of Quezon City. He’s probably one of the youngest entrepreneurs at the age of 10.

Your kids will

  • learn how to simplify; They’ll save money on a consistent basis, knowing the difference between needs and wants; they shall acquire the very important skill of delaying gratification.
  • learn how the Stock Market works; They’ll learn how to invest regularly, buy the right companies, and multiply their money over many years.
  • will learn the importance of tithing; They’ll grow in the habit of generosity and the spirit of compassion.
  • “befriend” money in the right way, removing their wrong biases that it’s evil; they shall acquire a spiritually correct understanding that money is a servant, not a master, and thus must be used for God’s purposes.
  • be introduced to the world of Entrepreneurship, opening their minds to creating a product or service, selling the product, and making the business profitable.

For more details visit TrulyRichClub.com/youngmillionaire/

Should You Join IMG?

By J3 Patino

Should You Join IMG? Should you Own a Kaiser Plan?

There are THREE ways to look at IMG. You can look at it as a (1) School, (2) Investment, (3) Business Advocacy.

"I really love IMG business, because it is NOT about money, but it is about HELPING people."

“I really love IMG business, because it is NOT about money, but it is about HELPING people.”

IMG as a School

The initial training you attended was just 1 of the many available trainings in IMG about different financial instruments. Also, as a member you will have a chance to network, discuss and consult with other members who are also financially “aware”. IMG is a great community of financial literacy advocates and practitioners.

If want this, then all you have to do is to become a member of IMG. The membership costs about P3,700 (fees may change overtime). This will grant you access to the ‘higher series’, and of course the people would be more gladly help you achieve your goals.

(Insider’s Note: The person who invited you will not get compensated in any way if you do decide to become a member. The fee should cover for your starter kit, trainings and license, which will be discussed in the later section)

IMG as an Investment

Remember that IMG is a financial brokerage. And aside from the Kaiser plan, you can also purchase mutual funds, insurance, real estate and other instruments from its partners. If you plan on just investing with IMG partners like Kaiser (HMO), or PhilamLife (Insurance) or PhilEquity (Mutual Fund) or Ayala Land(real estate) or any of the financial product providers it represents , then it is going to be more convenient for you since it’s just a one-stop shop. You will be dealing with just one person for all your insurance, healthcare, mutual fund, and even for estate planning. And more important than convenience, you can also be assured that the person you’re dealing with is someone who is financially educated, and not just a product pusher of whatever his company is selling.

To get an investment from IMG, then simply approach the person who invited you and ask them what the available and recommended products are, given your specific goals.

(Insider’s Note: If you do purchase any product, then the person you buy from and the person who referred you will earn a commission. This practice is pretty standard in all sales industries.)

IMG as a Business Advocacy

IMG can also be seen as a business, wherein you would be spreading financial literacy to Filipino’s all over the world, and be financially compensated for it. (As mentioned early in the post, IMG is an education focused business). So as you spread financially literacy, you will meet 3 different people:

  1. People who would ignore you.
    You pray for these people and hope they will be more financially responsible.
  2. People who would want to apply what they learned from you.
    You teach and recommend investments here. If they buy, you earn a commission!
  3. People who would want to join you in your advocacy.
    You train them how to do the same and you will earn royalty fees.

Note: There are already existing training seminars that will teach you how to do this step-by-step. So even if you do not have a finance background, part of the IMG training is of course learning how to apply it in your own life first. Remember the quote:

“To learn, READ. 
To know, WRITE. 
To master, TEACH”. 

If you do IMG as a business, then it is part of the training wherein you will learn how to master financial literacy, because you will be teaching it to others. This is a much harder path to do, but it is also more financially rewarding.

To do IMG as a business, you will have to:

  • Become a Member (Pay the P3,700 fee and start attending trainings), THEN
  • Purchase the Kaiser Health Plan.

The details of this can be discussed by the person who invited you or introduced you to IMG.  When you do IMG as a business, you become a broker for all the financial product provider-partners of IMG (yes, you become a broker for Kaiser, for Philamlife, Ayala Land, etc), and thus eligible to earn commissions on sales.  You could grow this business with no capital, guided by a team of business mentors ( but details are beyond the scope of this article ).

So that’s all for this article! I highly recommend that you get back to the person who invited you and let him or her know if you want to go with IMG as a School, Investment or a Business. (You can also say none of the options, that’s not a problem – just let them know!).

If you have any questions, I’m sure the person who invited you will be happy to discuss it with you. For now, I hope that this article has helped you understand what is IMG, Kaiser and how it can help you achieve your financial goals.

About J3 Patino

J3 PATIÑO is a personal finance consultant dedicated to teaching Filipinos around the world, how to achieve financial freedom and financial abundance by understanding the world of money, in a simple, practical and very-easy to understand way.

J3′s books, videos, seminars, and posts inspire tens of thousands of Filipino’s all over the world from different walks of life – from students, young professionals, starting families, to OFWs,  entrepreneurs and executives. J3 is also a member of the Registered Financial Planners (RFP) of the Philippines, a former faculty member of the University of the Philippines, and most importantly a lifetime student of student of personal finance.

Bridging the gap in health care

Kaiser : Bridging the Gap in Healthcare

by J3 Patino

What is Kaiser?

Kaiser HealthGroup International is the healthcare partner of the International Marketing Group (IMG). It is a lesser known Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) compared primarily because it’s focus is on the individual family clients (and not the corporate accounts). The reason why Kaiser was created was to address the LACK of long-term healthcare provided in the country.

Why Do We Need Long-Term Health Care?

Typically, an average Filipino employee would have a healthcare plan provided by his/her employer. This is certainly very beneficial and helpful to the employee and his dependents, and this covers for the person’s SHORT-TERM healthcare needs.

But what happens when the person has to leave the company? What if he is already forced to retire, or perhaps was made to be redundant? The healthcare benefits will also disappear! I honestly find it quite sad that when people get older, that is the time they will most likely need a healthcare plan, but that is also the time when they won’t have it already.

This is the BIG GAP in healthcare. Everyone has the typical short-term plans, but no one is preparing them for the future – a time when they will no longer be covered by any company, and a time where medical and hospitalization expenses would most likely be in the millions. This is the need that Kaiser is solving, one family at a time.

The Kaiser Short and Long-Term Plan

During the seminar, the Kaiser 4-in-1 plan must have been discussed to you. Depending on the skill on the speaker, there are some things that might not be really clear to you, so let me simplify it.

The Kaiser plan has 3 phases:

Phase 1: The Accumulation or Paying Phase (Year 1-7): For the first 7 years you will be paying for the plan. During this time, it works like a typical HMO wherein you have an annual benefit usable for hospitalization expenses. (There are a couple of bonuses like the Annual APE, and Dental Benefits, but honestly I think these shouldn’t even matter in your decision making).

Comparison to Other Providers: During this phase, the kaiser plan addresses the Short-Term healthcare needs. When compared to other healthcare providers, this plan is actually very sub-par. Short-term healthcare is definitely NOT this plans strong point).

Phase 2: The Growth Phase (Year 7-20): During this phase, you have completed all the payments and all you have to do is WAIT and let the plan mature. At this point your plan will have a starting cash value, that you can also use for medical expenses. The money is invested in government and corporate bonds, which are expected to yield 5-8% per year.

Comparison to Other Providers: During this phase, the Kaiser plan is still there for your short-term needs. The money is still growing at this point and it is at this phase when the Kaiser plan starts to step-up and be more competitive with the other health providers.

Phase 3: The Maturity (Year 20 and beyond): At the plans maturity at year 20, several bonuses will be awarded like the Long-term Care Benefit and Bonus. Plus about 85% of the premiums will be returned to you if you didn’t use the plan during the earlier phases. Here the cash value of your investment would also be good as cash – meaning you can use it for anything, not just hospitalization and medical expenses.

Comparison to Other Providers: At this phase, Kaiser stands out because most healthcare providers are already TOO expensive (Try this: add 20 years to your age now, and inquire how much a healthplan will cost….) Meanwhile, your money with Kaiser has already accumulated (and depending on the plan you chose, your Total Health Benefits would be upwards of P500,000 all the way to several millions).

All in all, I think the Kaiser plan is a great compliment for those who have existing healthcare plans (especially if its provided by your employer). This way you’re covered for both your short and long-term needs.

Where the Kaiser Plan Fits

As you learned in the seminar, there are 6 steps to financial freedom.

  1. Increase Cashflow (by increasing income and decreasing expenses)
  2. Manage Debt (by debt consolidation and eliminating it)
  3. Create Emergency Fund (Save 3 to 6 months of your expenses)
  4. Ensure Proper Protection (Portect for medical emergencies, and risks)
  5. Build Long-Term Savings (through investments)
  6. Preserve Estate (through estate planning)

Where does Kaiser Fit into the Picture?

Kaiser is in the 3rd and 4th step of achieving financial freedom. While investing in the stock market is at the 5th step already. And to build a solid financial foundation, these steps must be STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

(Imagine a child asking for dessert BEFORE even eating the main course and the vegetables. Would you, as a responsible parent, actually do this even if the child wants it so badly? Of course not! That would be very unhealthy, and it would ruin the whole point of eating (which is to make us healthier).

It’s the same thing in building a solid financial foundation. No matter, how good investing may make you feel, if not done with the right foundation it is also unhealthy. The right way is to Have a source of income first, THEN make sure you don’t have any high interest debts… THEN save and secure yourself with insurance and healthcare, THEN that’s the only time you invest.

Should You Get the Kaiser Plan?

Affiliate Disclaimer: I (along with your IMG financial coaches) will receive a commission should you decide to purchase a Kaiser plan through us. But as an independent and Registered Financial Planner, I will only recommend the plan if it suits your needs.

So let me start off with who should NOT get the plan..

PLEASE DO NOT get the plan IF:

  • You have no source of income.
    The unemployed, children and students are a big-no no. Retirees can get the plan only if someone else will cover for it, and you have savings that will last you at least 3 years.
  • You are buried in high-interest debts.
    If you cannot fully pay your credit cards, then please repay them first. Auto and Home Loans are okay since these are more acceptable interest rates.
  • You cannot save more than 10% of your salary.
    Focus on increasing your income and decreasing your expenses first. Learn how to budget and save first. Learn how to increase your income before moving on to the higher stages.

If you belong to any of the above, you can still come to IMG for coaching, but it is really not recommended that you get the health plan. Put the first things, first.

If you DO NOT belong to any of the above, then you can consider getting the plan. For this, I will simply rank it if it’s excellent, very good or good for you to get a plan:

The plan is EXCELLENT for you IF:

  • You are a young professional and you are already covered by your employers health benefits.
    This is a perfect compliment to your short and long-term healthcare needs. This is actually also very good because if you do not use the Kaiser plan in the early phases, you get the 85% return on your premium. So you current plan acts like a BUFFER to your Kaiser plan.
  • You are self-employed with no form of health/medical benefits.
    The bonuses are really valuable here like the insurance, APE, and of course the health plan. It being a 4-in-1 (savings, insurance, short and long-term healthcare) is also very convenient for your complicated and busy lifestyle.
  • You are an employee planning to transition into business.
    One of the fears that employees cling on to are the ‘benefits’ in the company. This almost always prevents them to take the leap of doing what they truly want to do. When you have your healthcare covered, at least you’ll have a safe foundation as you venture into the unknown.

The plan is VERY GOOD for you IF:

  • You are an established family man/woman in your 40’s to 55’s.
    Given that the plan takes 20 years to mature, it would just be in time for your retirement years.
  • You plan to grow old SINGLE.
    Not to assume anything about your future, but generally you will have less people to rely on in your old age. (Both socially, and financially). Having to hiring a personal caregiver is also very possible so it would be good to prepare as early as now.

The plan is GOOD for you IF:

  • You are starting or building a family.
    Healthcare is always a good thing, but the challenge in your case is the very tight budget. In this case, I would actually recommend you to focus on getting life insurance first, and really saving up for the emergency fund prior to getting additional healthcare. I would also recommend that you start saving for your child’s college tuition already if you have excess money. So invest in this Kaiser plan only when you can really afford it, and all the other necessary steps are already covered.

If you did not belong to any group above, sorry for missing out on you. But I believe with these examples, you already know the befits of the Kaiser plan.

Abouit J3 Patino

This review was written by J3 Patino – the founder of Pinoy Money Academy and an independent Registered Financial Planner. J3 helps Filipinos understand investments and other financial instruments so that they can make the right investment decisions and achieve their financial goals.