***Instructions: There are 3 parts to this assignment; part A, B, and C. Under each part are situations following 3 questions thereafter. Answer each question to its entirety, minimum word count for each part (not each question) is 300, total for assignment would be 900 or more. The required in-text citation and reference is the attached file, please review before proceeding with the assignment. Here is the reference for it: Kapoor, J. R., Dlabay, L. R., & Hughes, R. J. (2015). Personal finance. 11th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin. Use other scholarly articles as well, minimum total reference is 3, to include what I provided for you. No PLAGIARISM and let me know if you have any concerns. Thank you!

Part A: You Be the Financial Planner (300 or more word count)

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Situation 1:

Fran and Ed Blake, ages 43 and 47, have a daughter who is completing her first year of college and a son three years younger. Currently they have $42,000 in savings and investment funds set aside for their children’s education. With increasing education costs, they are concerned whether this amount is adequate. In recent months, Fran’s mother has required extensive medical attention and personal care assistance. Unable to live alone, she is now a resident of a long-term care facility. The cost of this service is $4,750 a month, with annual increases of about 5 percent. While a major portion of the cost is covered by Social Security and her pension, Fran’s mother is unable to cover the entire cost. In addition, Fran and Ed are concerned about saving for their own retirement. While they have consistently made annual deposits to a retirement fund, current financial demands may force them to access some of that money.

Situation 2:

“While I knew it might happen someday, I didn’t expect it right now.” This was the reaction of Patrick Hamilton when his company merged with another organization and moved its offices to another state, resulting in him losing his job. Patrick does have some flexibility in his short-term finances since he has three months of living expenses in a saving account. However, “three months can go by very quickly,” as Patrick noted.

Situation 3:

Nina Resendiz, age 23, recently received a $12,000 gift from her aunt. Nina is considering various uses for these unexpected funds including paying off credit card bills from her last vacation or setting aside money for a down payment on a house. Or she might invest the money in a tax-deferred retirement account. Another possibility is using the money for technology certification courses to enhance her earning power. Nina also wants to contribute some of the funds to a homeless shelter and a world hunger organization. She is overwhelmed by the choices and comments to herself, “I want to avoid the temptation of wasting the money on impulse items. I want to make sure I use the money on things with lasting value.”

1. For each situation, identify the main financial planning issues that need to be addressed.

2. What additional information would you like to have before recommending actions in each situation?

3. Based on the information provided and your assessment of the situation, what actions would you recommend for the Blakes, Patrick, and Nina?


Career Decision: (300 or more word count)

Life Situation

Single – Age 21

No dependents

College student

Financial Data Monthly Income $1,750

Living Expenses $1,210

Personal property $7,300

Savings $2,000

Student loan $3,000

Credit card debt $2,400

Shelby Johnson’s current employment position, a grooming specialist for a local pet store, provides her with a lot interesting activities each day. While she is not part of management, she does have the opportunity to use various communication skills, record business transactions, and use current technology tools. Shelby especially enjoys working with the pets and their owners to achieve a pleasing experience. Her income is based on an hourly wage which can result in financial stress during times of inflation. She has previously used her credit cards to help make ends meet each month. However, the experience she is gaining will be especially valuable when she opens her own pet salon in the future.

4. Identify the positive and negative aspects of her current career.

5. Make suggestions to relating to current and future career activities

6. Describe how the Personal Financial Planner sheets for Career Planning (Resume Worksheet and Preparing for an Interview) can be used.


Part C: Adjusting the Budget: (300 or more word count)

***Please see the Word Document attachment for Adjusting the Budget

7. What situations might have created the budget deficit for the Constantine family?

8. What amounts would you suggest for the various categories for the family budget?

9. Describe additional actions for the Constantine family related to their budget or other money management activities.

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