Punching the Clock: Healthy, wealthy and wise

My degree, as Iím sure Iíve mentioned before, is in economics. While I loved this study of the more philosophical side of business, I always imagined that, upon graduating with said degree in hand, Iíd pursue the more practical world of finance, as was the norm for my Manhattan College brethren.

But then, something pulled the wool from my eyes. A few months before graduation I sat through a research presentation by a candidate for a vacant position within the Economics and Finance Department. This personís area of expertise was firmly in the field which I had seen myself thriving in my post-college years.

Basically the presentation, which I had so looked forward, broke my heart. Not only was I bored to tears, but I realized Iíd been deluding myself for far too long. There was no way on Godís green earth that I could do that for a living.

It wasnít the number crunching that was the problem. I liked crunching numbers. It was that, to my ears, discussions of asset management, stocks prices, options, mutual funds, cash equivalents and the like sound something akin to the droning of adults in a Charlie Brown cartoon. Give me a good old economic indicator or a discussion about economies of scale any day, but the mere mention of financial planning and investment strategies and I promptly exhibit coma-like symptoms.

Thatís not the case for Andrew Clark of Clark Wealth Management. Those same topics make him giddy. Iíve honestly never seen someone get so excited, so passionate talking about financial planning, asset management and all of the research involved to successfully accomplish the two. And itís a good thing, too. Since that is what he spends his days (and a substantial part of his nights and weekends) doing.

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