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Imagine a banker with world-class credentials sitting down at your kitchen table to hold your hand, offer you tea and sympathy and set up your financial life, savings, retirement, insurance and tell you how to keep it all going. Hirshman has the CPA, MBA, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and CFA credentials and worked at a top accounting firm, and most recently was a managing director at a global investment bank. But she recently left the bank to embark on her mission to educate women (and men!) on how to manage their own money. "I left to live my passion," she said. Now she likens money to being on a diet. Just the way the scale won't lie, neither will your checkbook, so it's best to overcome one's financial fear, cut down credit-card debt and create a financial plan with saving and retirement goals. Both women and men should both be aware of what's going on in their financial lives, and create a financial plan. "I have seen bad things happen to too many good women and too many good men, also," said Hirshman. "Don't be part of the 'if-only' club. Especially during the financial crisis, people said, 'If only I knew my husband was invested so aggressively,' or 'if only I knew that I should not have been spending so much money.' All of us have stories. But it's not fun to be part of the 'if-only' club. It's Post Pics painful. And to me, personal finance is all about having choices, now and in the Today in Pictures future." For example, just the way that too many potato chips will catch up to your waistline, so will too much credit-card usage: Eventually "you will have to make really tough, unfortunate choices," she said. She maintains you could set up your mutual fund retirement investment strategy in about 10 hours through her Sponsored Links book, and do a few hours' maintenance each year. 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She also salts financial advice with humor: New Yorkers who feel they don't need to save for retirement because they might be dead by then due to a partying lifestyle should know that many who once felt that way lived into their nineties. "It's never too early to begin a financial plan, and it's also never too late," she said. Sponsored Links Do YOU Qualify? New Gov regulations allow US residents to remove half of their debt. www.ctwnews.com BREAKING: $700 Apple iPad sold for $25? Special Report: Apple iPads are being auctioned for an incredible 80% off! Channel9.com AARP® 50+ Auto Insurance Over 50? You Could Save an Average $384* On AARP® Auto... AARP.TheHartford.com Buy a link here Like 14 people like this. More in Videos 6 More Print Comments (0) You must be logged in to leave comments. Login ! Register Most Popular READ VIEWED COMMENTED 1. Star jilts 'Wife'
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