If you needed heart surgery tomorrow, would you go to your primary care physician for the operation? I doubt it. If you are going to have your heart worked on, you want a specialist – someone who has spent a few years studying nothing but the circulatory system and who knows his way around the chest cavity. Do you concur? I assure you that I am by no means casting aspersions on general practitioners or the role they play in keeping us healthy. As a matter of fact, a general practitioner is trained to know a little bit about everything that goes on with our bodies. You could even say that these doctors specialize in generality when it comes to the practice of medicine. They are on the front lines, so to speak. They are the first ones to spot it when something isn’t quite right. As you would expect, when they detect some ailment that is beyond their scope of expertise, they will not hesitate to refer you to a specialist for further treatment. It should work that way in the financial profession, but, unfortunately it usually doesn’t. There are many generalists in the financial advisory field who, for whatever reason, don’t always refer their clients to specialists when they should. Take retirement income planning, for example, the area in which I specialize. It is as intricate and delicate to your wealth as brain surgery could be to your health, as this and subsequent post in this blog will show.