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"A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish"
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

   

Portfolio Management and Investment Services

Our portfolio management and investment services are provided on a fee only basis. In order to structure a portfolio for your unique needs, we begin by gaining a clear understanding of your current situation and goals.  We integrate the various parts of your plan to be sure that they work towards a common objective. Some of the issues we consider include:

  1. Your investment goals
  2. Your time horizon
  3. The amount of risk you are willing to accept
  4. Your current situation
  5. Your past investment experience

As an independent firm, we have the freedom to construct a portfolio using funds that we believe will optimize returns while mitigating risk.  Our investment philosophy is based on a very structured and disciplined approach. We construct portfolios using highly cost efficient index funds that provide broad diversification.  This is primarily done using institutional quality funds from Dimensional Fund Advisors. Through this structured and disciplined asset allocation, your portfolio can attain more stability and can provide greater resistance to swings in the market over the long run. Our rationale and recommendations are clearly communicated to you to make sure that we are on the same page.

Our Process

Our Process is a systematic approach to determining the best plan to ensure that you are on track to reach your personal goals.  This process helps us to understand your true financial goals, create the best plan to accomplish them and keep your plan on track.  It generally consists of a series of five meetings:

Discovery Meeting

During our initial Discovery meeting, we’ll discuss investor realities, present our value proposition, explain our investment process and review our role as a fiduciary and how we offer protection.

Investment Planning Meeting

Our investment planning includes investment education, risk assessment, goal setting, situational analysis, presentation of a target allocation and a review of the investment process.

Decision Meeting

At the Decision Meeting, we will present the Investment Policy Statement, review and agree upon the proposed plan and propose an implementation process.

Portfolio Management Meeting

Portfolio management encompasses ongoing monitoring and review of your portfolio and investments, as well as rebalancing, reporting, tax management, cash flow management and trading activity.  We also conduct ongoing due diligence and compile and distribute quarterly performance reports.

Regular Progress Meetings

At mutually agreed upon intervals, we will conduct periodic progress meetings to uncover any situational updates, make any necessary adjustments to the Investment Policy Statement, answer any questions and review progress toward your stated goals.

 

 

Latest Blog Posts

Aug 18, 2017 by Structured Asset Management, Inc.

The solution to retirement spending isn’t easy. There isn't one perfect solution for everyone. Three potential approaches include immediate annuities, a total income approach or a total returns approach. While each of these solutions have their pros and cons, we strongly favor the total returns approach in most situations. Here's a look at each of these and their pros and cons.

Immediate Annuity Approach: you turn your...

Aug 07, 2017 by Structured Asset Management, Inc.

Top Retirement Planning Mistakes

Here is a list of what I'd consider the top mistakes people make for their retirement planning:

  1. Not Having a Plan
  2. Bad Annuity Decisions – there’s a reason annuities are sold and not bought
  3. Failing to review investments - being too aggressive or too conservative
  4. Bad Social Security decisions - this should be just part of your plan, not an entire plan
  5. Overspending is a game...
Aug 04, 2017 by Structured Asset Management, Inc.

To follow up on my latest post regarding retirement and the importance of planning ahead, there are a number of things to consider. The biggest challenge is to create a lifelong paycheck, one that allows you to live the lifestyle you envision for yourself in retirement. To accomplish this, it should be structured so that it lasts your (or multiple) lifetime(s), is paid on a regular basis, takes inflation into account and is relatively stable. Each one of these factors could be a whole...

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