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Our Process

Life is a journey. There are many desired destinations along the way. Some are close. Some are further away. Some are a combination of both.

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Our Process

Our process is designed to help develop the best possible financial plan for you and your family to reach your goals.

  • Discovery
  • Analysis
  • Plan
  • Implement
  • Monitor

Discovery: To be able to plan accurately, you need to gather all your information. It is no different than planning for a road trip. Where do you want to go? How much fuel do you need? Where will you stop? How long will you be there? 

Analysis: After we get to know your situation, we analyze the information we’ve gathered to identify ways to optimize your investment strategy.

Plan: We’ll provide a roadmap to identify the precise course you want to take by customizing your plan to your unique objectives and preferences.

Implement: At this stage, you can begin your journey with confidence and peace of mind.  Preparation and analysis mean we can start your journey based on hard data and real information. We’ll make it as easy as possible to hit “go” and get into action.

Monitor: If conditions change or veer off course, we will be there to monitor your plan to help ensure you get to your end goal safely and efficiently. Markets go up and down; kids grow up; families change; economies wax and wane. We stay with you.



 

When you are “Investing With a Purpose,” you build and implement a financial roadmap to soundly guide you to your desired destinations.

HOW INVESTMENTS WORK USING BUCKETS

Investing With a Purpose

Investing With a Purpose involves allocating your money to different investments (i.e., “buckets”) for different purposes. Each bucket may have a different time horizon and risk characteristic. The combination of these different buckets will give you a portfolio that should fit your short- and long-term goals for income, growth, risk, and liquidity.

Bucket 1 – Lifetime Income and Protection*

This bucket is designed to provide sustained income and principal protection for individuals who require income through retirement.

Possible Goals:

  • Principal protection from market losses.
  • Guaranteed income for essential needs in retirement.
  • Long-term care and disability protection.

Bucket 2 – Fixed Income and Short-Term Cash

This is a relatively conservative bucket that’s generally allocated to fixed income and/or cash or cash equivalent instruments. This bucket is designed to generate income and provide immediate liquidity, allowing other buckets to potentially grow over time.

Possible goals:

  • Liquid emergency funds or money designated for living expenses.
  • Money designated for particular short-term goals such as home purchase or college expenses.
  • Lower risk and fairly liquid investments.

Bucket 3 – Protected Growth

This bucket is generally more aggressively allocated than bucket 2 but helps to supplement your current income while providing potential for growth and allowing bucket 4 time to grow. We may recommend the use of approved third-party asset managers depending on your situation in order to maximize economies of scale and efficiency.

Possible goals:

  • Income generated helps to supplement the income from bucket 1 & 2 while giving bucket 4 time to grow.
  • Market exposure creates growth potential

Bucket 4 – Long-Term Growth

For this bucket, we generally recommend a long-term growth strategy using a mix of strategic and tactical strategies.. We may recommend the use of approved third-party asset managers to implement this bucket depending on your situation in order to maximize economies of scale and achieve efficiency.

Possible goals:

  • This bucket is designed to potentially grow for several years untouched.
  • By withdrawing assets from Buckets 2 & 3 for retirement or particular short-term goals, this bucket can be left untouched to satisfy long-term growth and retirement needs.

Bucket 5 – Alternatives

This bucket provides diversification and exposure to non-correlated investments which may not be impacted directly by volatility in the stock market or interest rate movements. This bucket may be most suitable for investors with relatively low liquidity needs.

Possible goals:

  • Non-correlated, diversification.
  • Growth and income over a sustained period.
  • Income generated from this bucket may be used to supplement income required in Bucket 1 & 2.

We Don't Predict the Future. We Plan For It.