Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is an independent financial advisor?
Independent Registered Investment Advisers are professional independent advisory firms that provide personalized financial advice to their clients, many of whom have complex financial needs. Because these advisors are independent, they are not tied to any particular family of funds or investment products. As fiduciaries, they are held to the highest standard of care—and are required to act in the best interests of their clients at all times. They are registered with either the Securities and Exchange Commission or state securities regulators.
What does being a Fiduciary mean?
A fiduciary is a professional entrusted to manage assets or wealth while putting the client’s best interests first at all times. Financial advisors who follow a fiduciary standard must disclose any conflict, or potential conflict, to their clients prior to and throughout the advisory engagement. Fiduciaries will also adopt a code of ethics and will fully disclose how they are compensated.
What separates us from other financial advisors?

A combination of independence, comprehensive service, and client focus sets us apart. As an independent Registered Investment Advisor, we provide the best advice for each client’s specific situation and needs without concerning ourselves with the agenda of a parent company. Our services range from financial planning to investment management to estate planning—we can meet a wide range of needs under one roof. Finally, we are oriented toward providing each client the attention and service they deserve. We treat our clients as individuals and not numbers.

Where is my money kept?

In our advisory role, we never take custody of client assets. We utilize TD Ameritrade and Betterment as the custodians of client accounts and as our primary brokers. Our relationship with TD Ameritrade and Betterment is an arm’s length transaction with no exchange of funds between TD Ameritrade, Betterment and/or us. When your account is established with TD Ameritrade or Betterment, you provide us with limited trading authorization on your account. This authority allows us to process trades directly in client accounts.

How do I begin?

First, we would want to setup an introductory call. This will give us a chance to get acquainted and discuss your unique financial circumstances. The next step, depending on scope of service, would be to sign a few forms to start the advisory engagement process. We strive to make the experience as seamless and convenient as possible. Everything can be setup through electronic paperwork and/or meeting at your home, office or our office. We take great pride on our quality of personal service and know your time is valuable.  

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