Understanding your finances can be difficult when you have no experience, and financial planning for the future, even more so. Complicated and confusing, it’s easy to lose sight of the goal, whether you’re a beginner, or have some knowledge of finance and accounting. Altair Gobo, a certified financial planner and partner at U.S. Financial Services, takes on the task of explaining financial planning and helping you take control of your financial future, by comparing it to a game of golf in his book, Getting to the Green: Golf, Financial Planning, and Life, Not Necessarily in That Order.

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Golf and financial planning, as Altair Gobo found out, have many similarities, from the beginning challenge of planning and strategy, to the execution, and reaching the goal. Having made a successful profession of one, and a beloved hobby of the other, Gobo is able to share a unique insight into financial planning, making it easier to understand not only how flexibility and strategy will help you succeed financially, but also how to manage the risks you take, and avoid potential pitfalls. By using comparisons between golf, life, and finance, Gobo makes it easier to understand, and appreciate the discipline and strategy that goes into both golf and financial planning.

Filled with humor and storytelling, the book breaks down and explains every part of financial planning, with many topics covered, including minimizing expenses, risk management, working on your portfolio, and creating realistic goals, both long-term and short-term. Whether you are a long-time fan or player of golf, or just a beginner, Getting to the Green is not only essential for helping you plan your financial future, but also works to make your golf game better.


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ALTAIR M. GOBO is a certified financial planner and partner at U.S. Financial Services in Fairfield, NJ. He is an adjunct faculty member, faculty coordinator and academic advisor at Farleigh Dickinson University’s financial planning program and on the advisory board at Montclair State University.  He has served as president and chairman of the board of directors at the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the International Association for Financial Planning and been a guest on CNBC, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and CNN.


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