Understanding Today’s Financial Environment
Welcome, I am Cregg Miyat, an Independent full service financial brokerage service financial professional in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. I understand as an individual you will face unique financial challenges throughout your life. Whether your goal is saving for retirement, college savings, investment savings, or estate strategy, my personalized service focuses your needs, wants, and financial goals and objectives.
My business centers around financial planning, fee based and transactional asset management, business retirement plans, individual retirement plans, college savings strategies, investment savings strategies as well as life and long-term care insurance.
I have a professional resource team with years of experience and specific financial knowledge within the financial services industry. I would welcome an opportunity to become a valuable resource in helping you address your financial needs of today and for many years to come. Give me a call at (309) 585-0249 and let’s visit.
When I’m sitting down with people, I realize that financial planning and finances can be an overwhelming topic. For most people, it seems very complicated, and this can cause anxiety for people or even discord between family members, spouses, or business partners. To that end, I see my primary role as a financial advisor as helping to first educate people and then guide them toward financial decisions that can impact their lives in a positive way.
I try to look at all areas of your financial picture. A financial plan involves all of the major financial elements of your household and should be address insurance planning, investment planning, retirement-income planning, estate and legacy planning, household budgeting, tax strategies, college planning, and health-care planning.
My process starts with exhaustive discovery, covering the financial attitudes and underpinnings of your’ life, such as current net worth, assets, liabilities, income, current portfolio allocations, insurance coverages, and so forth. I use a comprehensive software system to help collect and organize that data, which also helps me go through a sequential financial-planning process and get to actionable recommendations. I discuss future goals in great detail, time lines, risk tolerances, and the unique circumstances that every family has. At the core, as a financial advisor, my job is to pick apart these factors, educate clients about various potential planning scenarios, and come to an agreement on forward-looking action plans.
I examine both the macro risks that could affect a client’s financial situation, as well as those that might be specific to their family or business circumstances. From an investment management standpoint, this usually starts with an evaluation of what you have been doing with your portfolios. Many times I have found a prospect does not realize the level of risk in their portfolio or whether it is a suitable level of risk. I do a lot of education on that topic and take you through a qualitative and quantitative risk assessment specific to your needs and objectives.
My emphasis is client education. My goal during any client meeting or an interview with a prospect is that I want you to walk away from that meeting knowing more about your financial situation and potential for improvement than you knew before. Related to this, I want you to feel like we are sitting on the same side of the table.
The planning process is not a static one-time event. Life throws everyone curve balls, and things will happen—hopefully, the good will outweigh the bad. My approach to financial planning involves continuously monitoring of your situation and potentially making adjustments through the years. My desire is for you to keep your goals at the forefront and have a plan that can adapt—so you can continually work toward long-term financial security.
Estate Management Checklist
Is your estate in order? This short quiz may help you assess your overall strategy.
When Life Insurance Becomes Taxable
Life insurance proceeds are generally tax-free. But not in all cases.
The Utility of Sector Investing
Successful sector investing is dependent upon an accurate analysis about when to rotate in and out.
Combating counterfeiting remains core to preserving the integrity of the nation’s money.
The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.
Ascertaining the value of your business is important for a variety of reasons.
By understanding a few key concepts during a divorce, you may be able to avoid common pitfalls.
When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan.
Estate tax exemptions rules appear to be stabilizing, prompting many to reconsider conventional estate strategies.
Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.
Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.
Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.
Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?
Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.
Learn how to harness the power of compound interest for your investments.