Burt Peake, Jr. is a Wealth Advisor with over 30 years of experience working with Knoxvillians. He was born and raised in Asheville, NC. His favorite hobby is fly-fishing in the Smokies. Burt writes about retirement planning, financial planning, estate planning, and investment management.
“10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1, and we have lift-off!”
It always thrilled me as a child, in the early stages of the space program, when NASA had a launch and we got to watch it on TV at school.
Later, it was even more exciting as we shot spacecraft to the very same moon that beamed it’s glow into my bedroom window on winter nights when there were no leaves on the big trees in the back yard to block the light.
I was always amazed that we could aim a rocket at the moon and hit it.
I later read somewhere that if the aim was just a mere 1 degree off, that rocket would miss the moon by 4,170 miles! Another interesting fact I heard was that a spacecraft bound for the moon is off course as much as 96% of the time, and that periodic small corrections allow it to reach its destination with uncanny precision. Never laugh at a man with a slide rule!
Now, back to Earth.
As that same young boy, I remember my family taking a trip in the Ford station wagon from Asheville, NC to Des Moines, Iowa to visit relatives. This was before we had our Interstate Highway system or GPS. My dad had an impressive collection of road maps for just about anywhere we might want to go. He spread the maps out before we left on the trip and plotted a course. Then Mom would hold the map on her lap while Dad drove, and make sure we stayed on course for our destination. We sometimes got off course (Dad would never say “lost”), and we had to stop and ask directions (at Mom’s insistence) to get back on course.
All of this reminds me a lot of the job we do at TVAMP.
We help families and individuals create a roadmap (financial plan) to launch them in the direction of their destination (financial goals). By having the correct aim, monitoring it, making the necessary adjustments along the way, we improve the chances of hitting our target. Utilizing a sound financial plan, monitoring it as we go along, and by taking into account changes in our client’s lives, we believe we make a difference in helping them Live Invested. Let us help you plan your financial journey. It is never too soon to start!