Stephen J. Csenge, CFP®, AIF®
Senior Financial Planner
Steve brings a unique background of both individual and institutional financial services along with retail banking and lending experience. Steve views his role as a Senior Financial Planner as a way to help clients make smart financial decisions that enhance their financial well-being and the peace of mind that it brings to their lives.
Steve is active in Pro-Bono efforts throughout the community and has provided financial and retirement education programs for numerous groups including Eckerd College, the Veterans Administration, Florida Employee Retirement Association, Pinellas County employees, as well as local programs through the University of Florida extension system.
Steve joined ProVise after working as a partner/advisor with a local advisory firm. He serves as a Board Member of the Financial Planning Association of Tampa Bay and the Lion’s Eye Institute Foundation.
He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and holds a Series 7 FINRA General Securities Representative and Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Licenses. Steve is also an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR) and a licensed agent for life, health, disability and variable annuity contracts in the State of Florida.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with family and being on the water- fishing and competitive sailboat racing.
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The ProVise Planning Experience
A financial plan is a roadmap to your financial success. A ProVise financial planner will follow a process that includes the following steps to creating a customized strategy specific to your current financial situation, lifestyle, and future goals.
1. Understanding Your Personal and Financial Circumstances
Before we can help you reach your goals, we need to understand where you are. We perform a thorough analysis of your current financial situation and upcoming risks before creating a financial plan designed for your increased future success.
2. Identifying and Selecting your goals
Your future financial goals will dictate your current financial choices. We need to understand your goals and then help you prioritize those goals, so we can align your financial strategy with the lifestyle for which you are aiming. We help you balance your goals in a way that is designed to benefit your current lifestyle without neglecting your future financial goals
3. Analyzing Your Current Course of Action and Potential Alternative Courses of Action
It is important for us to first determine what you are currently doing and why. What is your approach to your finances and investments? There is no reason to seek alternatives if what you are doing is working. However, we can only do this in the context of looking at alternatives that may either fine tune what you are doing, or perhaps offer an alternative approach.
4. Developing the Financial Planning Recommendation(s)
Unlike others who just want to sell you something that may not be in your best interest, we do not consider recommendations until we have taken the first three steps of the financial planning process. You do not want a physician to create a treatment plan without a thorough analysis of your current condition and consideration of alternatives. The same is true with your financial health.
5. Presenting the Financial Planning Recommendation(s)
We will provide you with a set of written recommendations sharing our best ideas and thoughts regarding your personal financial situation. For those with a relatively uncomplicated financial life it might be done in a bullet point format, while for others it could be a much longer document. It might even be done with a modular plan focusing on the one aspect that is most concerning to you.
6. Implementing the Financial Planning Recommendation(s)
We help you put the financial planning strategy to work by putting together a checklist of action items for you and us that helps ensure that the plan is implemented in a timely fashion. There is nothing worse than knowing what needs to be done and then not doing it.
7. Monitoring the Progress and Update
Financial planning is not an event that happens one time. It is a continuous process. Life happens and things change. You will not go it alone. We will walk with you through every financial decision, roadblock, obstacle and opportunity to make sure you are staying on track toward your financial goals.
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Financial planning is not one big thing…it is hundreds of little things™. We will walk with you every step of the way through investments, debt payoffs and everything in between to help you reach the financial goals that matter most to you.
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