Rick Fingerman

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“Rick is a fee based Certified Financial Planner practitioner that has been helping folks make more intelligent decisions with their money for over 28 years.”

Financial Planning Solutions, LLC

Job Title:

Managing Partner


Rick Fingerman is managing partner and co-founder of Financial Planning Solutions, LLC, an independent fee-based financial planning and Registered Investment Advisor located in Newton, MA. He has over 25 years’ experience helping people make intelligent decisions with their money. 

Rick specializes in helping clients plan for retirement, create a proper investment plan, save for college, and protect their assets from a catastrophe. He also has expertise in financial issues specific to women and women in transition. He believes having a good financial plan that addresses one's goals and concerns, can make all the difference in the world.

Rick currently holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation as well as the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ professional designation from IDFA™. For those in the unfortunate position of going through a divorce, Rick can be instrumental in helping them determine a fair division of marital assets.

Rick is an active member of the Financial Planning Association of MA where he is a past President and Chairman. Currently, he holds the position of Liaison to the Financial Coaching Program with Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. This program provides pro bono financial planning to cancer patients and their families. You can watch a short video on this program under the Client Center tab on the home page.

Rick has been quoted in several national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and CNBC MarketWatch. Furthermore, Rick has been granted several awards throughout his career such as the Boston Five Star Professional Wealth Manager Award in 2013, 2015, and 2016 as well as other prominent awards for financial planning and work with Pro Bono and charitable organizations.

Rick lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and stepdaughter. He is also the proud father of a grown daughter and son from a previous marriage. His interests include spending time with his family, performing stand-up comedy, woodworking, hiking, exercise, and nutrition.

Assets Under Management:

$100 million

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Financial Planning Solutions, LLC (FPS) is a fee-based Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Planning Solutions, LLC (FPS) is providing general information for educational purposes only.  This should not be considered specific investment, tax, or legal advice. FPS only renders personalized advice to each client. Information herein includes opinions and source information that is believed to be reliable. However, such information may not be independently verified by FPS.

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    Debt, Retirement, Pensions, IRAs, Taxes
Should I pay down my HELOC with money from my traditional IRA?
100% of people found this answer helpful

This is definitely one of those "It depends" type of questions.

Ideally, in my opinion, one should pay more than just interest if possible so they pay down principal on a HELOC.  Also, since we don't know if you owe 20k or 200k on the HELOC, it is hard to say.  Lastly, we don't know what you have in retirement, if you are collecting SS, if you have a spouse that has or will have any retirement income, what you actually need in retirement, and whether you plan on selling your house in the near future.  See what I mean by "It depends".

I strongly recommend sitting down with a fee-based Certified Financial Planner practitioner to look at your overall financial picture.  Good luck!  Rick

2 weeks ago
    Retirement, Retirement Plans
Does it make financial sense to retire at 62?
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October 2016
    IRAs, Taxes
What are the tax implications of after-tax contributions to an IRA?
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September 2016
    IRAs, Taxes
Are inheritors of an IRA subject to any special taxes?
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November 2016
    IRAs, Taxes
Do I have to pay taxes on money that I took out of an IRA account?
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March 2016