One of the most important components of any successful advisory relationship is truly understanding who you are as a person. With our Discovery Process we focus on what is most important to you, both financially and personally. We will look at all the major aspects of your financial life, including your specific values and goals, your time horizon, income and liquidity needs, and ability and willingness to take risk. Together, we will define your personal definition of financial success and work with you to translate this into prioritized goals. As part of this step, we will also make a “Mutual Commitment” to working together and putting your plan in place.
In order for us to thoroughly understand your situation, we will take a comprehensive inventory of your current financial position, including strengths as well as any gaps or weaknesses. We will also analyze the effectiveness, composition and expenses of your existing portfolio. We will analyze specific items for action to make sure that your goals and financial situation are aligned.
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Based on our analysis, we will develop a long-term wealth plan focused on getting you from where you are today to where you want to be in the future. Through this process, we will address any items that need clarification and make changes based on any additional information. We think that an open, honest dialogue about your financial needs, beliefs, expectations and concerns is critical to any successful advisory relationship.
The next step is the implementation of your plan. In addition to creating your investment portfolio we will also work with a team of financial professionals to address all of the non-investment action items we’ve identified. You will also receive an Investment Policy Statement (IPS), which documents what we have agreed to and assigns responsibility and accountability.
Your plan is never static. That’s why we’ll make our Discovery Process part of our ongoing meetings, so that your plan always reflects your life. We will monitor your plan closely and provide you with clear and concise reporting. In addition, as financial markets rise and fall, your portfolio’s exposure to stocks, bonds, cash and other investments will tend to fluctuate as well. Through periodic rebalancing we will make sure your portfolio maintains its target allocations. This helps control the level of risk in your portfolio and minimizes emotional decision making.
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