As the People's Advisor, my client's best interest is paramount and at the center of my recommendations for them. I pride myself on being an honest and personable guide for my clients.

Only 3.5% of Financial Advisors are Women of Color.

You deserve to work with someone who understands your perspective and unique challenges, so the recommendations are appropriate for your situation.

See below some of the many ways I can help you increase your chances of success and strategically plan for your future.

The Trek Toolkit (For Emerging Adults):

Ready to climb the mountain of financial literacy? Every mountaineer needs a guide. That’s where a financial advisor comes in. Before embarking on the journey, you need to ensure you have all the equipment. On this journey, you’ll need Opportunity, Leverage, Autonomy, Intention, Release, and Knowledge. Have a look at our step-by-step process:

 

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    Part 1: Understanding how to invest

  • Nowadays, everyone seems to be advising on stocks. There’s a growing number of “Financial Influencers” who have zero qualifications, and have to label their content as “opinion.” Like discovering plants on a hiking trail—these videos or posts might look easily digestible, but they are poisonous. With Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services, you will gain Knowledge of Investing 101 from a professional. Nothing compares to the credibility of a registered Financial Advisor who has the responsibility of fiduciary.

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    Part 2: Financially planning for a goal

  • Think of “X” on the map as your goal. To get to it, you need to ensure you’re pointing your compass in the right direction. On your financial journey, a budget is your guide. Having one can protect you from impulse spending, and allow for expense analysis. With the help of Monique, her team at Higher Ground Financial Services, and special access to planning tool MyBlocks*, you can set your Intention. Welcome to budgeting with purpose!

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    Part 3: Living life by your terms

  • These times prove we’re always trying to control the uncontrollable. In the pursuit of taming money concerns, we miss out on the joys of our life’s expedition. With Autonomy, we’re free to explore our goals, tackle our fears and put a plan in place. This category introduces you to building emergency funds and other personal finance essentials. It’s time to go beyond trying to survive.

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    Part 4: Priming yourself to access your financial opportunities

  • After years of practicing on the indoor rock wall, you’re ready to scale the mountain. However, the classroom might have shielded you from employment disparities. With Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services, you’ll learn how to optimize your professional skills to take on these hurdles. Some highlights include how to strategically build a network of mentors and sponsors, and how to evaluate a job offer. Let’s turn theory into practice for your next career Opportunity.

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    Part 5: Making the most of your benefits package

  • Imagine being handed a map written in an unfamiliar language. Would you ask for a translation or blindly follow? The same applies when you are discussing your benefits package with your employer. How can you make the most of your benefits package if you can’t decipher it? With Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services, you can decode your benefits package. Understanding what you’re being offered is your Leverage.

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    Part 6: Eliminating low credit scores

  • Imagine hiking with a backpack full of rocks. Having bad credit can feel like a burden. Yet, not having credit can block you during your financial journey. It’s essential to understand how credit works. Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services will teach you the role of credit and strategize on how it can serve you best. Through our personalized guidance of the MyBlocks* tool suite, we can plan to minimize credit card and student loan debt. Release low credit scores and welcome financial flexibility.

    *part of the comprehensive financial planning tool suite of MoneyGuidePro. MyBlocks helps clients gain answers to financial questions via interactive modules and calculators.

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Embracing the Good Climb (For HENRY’s – High Earners Not Rich Yet):

“Do your best until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou

When ready to embrace the good challenge of the climb, ask yourself this: Is there something you want to remove from your life? Maybe it’s the mystery of the 401K package or eliminating debt. Take pride in the actions you’re taking now—being open to learning and seeking the help of a Financial Advisor is the first step. Or maybe, you're a savvy saver who is eager to take wealth management to the next level. See below the many ways Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services can assist in your climb to the summit!

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    Investment portfolios to establish financial confidence

  • A growing investment portfolio (non-retirement based) not only bolsters your confidence in achieving your vision but also helps you dream bigger too. Let's establish that from the ground up, creating your path to financial freedom.

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    Preventing premature 401k withdrawal

  • Life happens, and financial emergencies are common. However, in response to these instances, some might withdraw from their 401Ks. Black and Hispanic employees withdraw from their 401k before retirement 2-3x’s that of their white co-workers.* Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services can set you up for protection from this temptation. We’ll explore your investment options and recommendations for your 401K allocation. You can be the leader in your own story, not dependent on whether or not your employment gives retirement benefits.
    *Harvard Pollack for Washington Post, 2015

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    Preparing for financial goals like college

  • We can take the fear out of a looming financial expense, like college debt, by preparing at a pace achievable by you. Student loan debt triples and the disparity between loan pay-down widens within three years of graduation between Black/Hispanic students vs white.** With the help of Monique, her team at Higher Ground Financial Services, and special access to planning tool MyBlocks,* we can review your existing debt and formulate pay-down options.
    *part of the comprehensive financial planning tool suite of MoneyGuidePro. MyBlocks helps clients gain answers to financial questions via interactive modules and calculators.
    **Black-white student loan debt gap triples within a few years after graduation – Judith Scott-Clayton & Jing Li, 2016

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    Grasping Tax Diversification via Asset Location*

  • Life might have treated you financially well and placed you in the upper tax brackets (32% or higher). Monique and her team at Higher Ground Financial Services can help optimize your earnings in a tax-sensitive way, including Profit Sharing Plans, Cash Balance Plans, and more. We’ll explore other healthy moves that add to your assets while increasing your tax relief.

    *Higher Ground Financial Services and Concourse Financial Group Securities, Inc. (CFGS) do not give tax advice to consult with an attorney or CPA.

    Securities offered through Concourse Financial Group Securities, Inc. (CFGS), Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Concourse Financial Group Advisors, a DBA for CFGS, a Registered Investment Advisor. Higher Ground Financial Services is independent of CFGS.

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