Fiduciary Mindset: Philosophy Meets Business Model
A strong working relationship requires work, communication, and commitment to a purpose. In our experience, most financial consumers have difficulties discerning how to evaluate the merits of advisory services. Standard industry practices are confusing: complex product and compensation schemes, confusing business models, and clever marketing campaigns often obscure the real picture. Here is a clear description of what we deliver:
Investment Advisory: structure your portfolio in the context of your entire net worth to be efficient and effective in controlling cost and taxes, hence, more money stays in your account to compound value.
- Portfolios are diversified to lower your risk and increase expected returns
- Assets are located to optimize tax deferral; withdrawal strategies to make your retirement money last long
- Under performing assets (i.e. overpriced variable annuities or insurance products) are redeployed
Personal Financial Planning: Holistic view of your financial state designed to balance saving, lifestyle, and retirement planning.
- Transition planning (i.e. business exit, retirement, adapting to unplanned events)
- Cash and debt management
- Risk management – proper levels of insurance and appropriate policies to protect your assets
Business Financial Planning: Assess business value in unison with your personal assets. Does a gap exist between your current lifestyle and life after you leave the business? Is adequate protection against contingencies in place?
- Key members of your team aligned with business success
- Ensure buy-sell agreement is updated and spells out a clear process to value and fund a buyout
- Assess realistic, after-tax business value with your entire portfolio
What’s Our Fiduciary Mindset?
Let’s use insurance to show you what it is – and why it matters. Insurance protection serves a vital need in many planning situations: life, health, home, business, estate and tax planning, etc. There’s no disputing it can be important to protecting your interests. The problem lies in how it’s typically sold. Cryptic disclosures, misleading illustrations, and conflicted, manipulative sales gimmicks. Why? High-commission motives at your expense. In many cases, the cost outweighs the benefit. In egregious cases, the cost is outright predatory and the product sale completely wrong for your needs.
In contrast, we use insurance re-priced and re-designed to eliminate misaligned selling motives. These transparent, value-focused products remove the commission conflict and fit the purpose that drives our mindset: to help you plan and invest right to secure your future.
Investment Advice Shouldn’t Be Confusing
Financial planning and investment management should work together to protect and grow your wealth. We commit to help you understand the advantage in our mindset because we want you to see how we work for you. Transparency is fundamental to our process, business model, and fact-driven operating philosophy. We are obligated to serve your interests first and foremost. In practical terms, this means we are careful to caution you on potential conflicts of interests, weigh your cost vs. benefit, and explain key tradeoffs so you can make well-informed decisions for your money. Our time-tested strategies control risk, eliminate excess costs, and are vital to help you compound value on your path toward financial security.
- Process addresses investment, tax, legal, insurance and estate planning considerations
- Superior business model and operating philosophy minimizes conflicts
- Competent advice, disciplined cost control, consistent execution
- Advice from all members of your advisory team helps to maximize your protection
- Manage conflicts to control cost and say good-bye to standard industry boilerplate remedies
- Reduce risk, increase efficiency, and be confident your decisions are working to secure your future
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