What We Do For You We Are Fiduciaries: Putting Your Interests First Our first priority is helping you take care of yourself and your family. We want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of my foundation of success.Unlike some financial advisors, all CFPs are held to a strict standard of fiduciary duty, meaning they must put your financial best interests ahead of their own. Practically speaking, this means they are barred from buying a financial product for a client simply because it pays them a high commission.Fiduciaries have key two duties when managing a beneficiary’s money: duty of care and duty of loyalty. (Source: Forbes.com) Duty of Care. Under the duty of care, fiduciaries must make informed business decisions after reviewing available information with a critical eye. Financial advisors might fulfill this by analyzing comprehensive information about your financial life before making recommendations or plans. Directors of companies, on the other hand, might consult industry experts and maintain detailed records and best practices for the company.Duty of Loyalty. To abide by the duty of loyalty, fiduciaries must not have any undisclosed economic or personal conflict of interest. They cannot use their position to further their private interests. Fiduciary financial advisors might adhere to the duty of loyalty by disclosing any recommendations they’ll receive a commission on.Financial advisors who are fiduciaries must act in the best interest of their clients, offering the lowest cost financial solutions to fit their clients’ needs. But, it’s important to note, not all financial advisors are fiduciaries.Anyone can legally call themselves a financial advisor and provide financial advice, making it particularly important you know what standard the person managing your money holds themselves to.Only fiduciary financial advisors have to place your best interest over theirs, though. Fiduciaries’ recommendations must consider your overall financial situation carefully, and they must offer the most economical solutions with the best performance. Because of this, you probably want a financial advisor who is a fiduciary.Fiduciary financial advisors commonly work for RIAs. Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) are also generally fiduciaries, but make sure your CFP is acting as a fiduciary before starting business with them. Our Core Offering: Gold Medal Services Investment Oversight Service Identifying what is important to you by defining your priorities, financial goals and concerns, time horizon, risk tolerance, investment objectives and liquidity needsReviewing and evaluating your investments and designing a personalized portfolio appropriate to your needsDesigning your Personal Financial Blueprint with specific recommendations for meeting your goalsYear-long, continual supervision and monitoring of your investmentsQuarterly, semi-annual or annual meetings to: review and evaluate your investment performance, update your overall financial objectives and if necessary, reallocate your portfolio as agreed upon by youQuarterly or Monthly StatementsIndependent AdviceQuarterly “market watch” letter detailing our firm’s research, analysis and view of the current state of the investment markets Tax Reduction Planning Comprehensive review of your tax return to highlight opportunities for maximizing tax reduction strategiesQuarterly review of your tax situation and planning to incorporate any new tax law changesComplimentary consultation with your tax preparerRecommendations of tax solutions including tax advantaged investmentsStaying up-to-date on and presenting new tax laws that can affect your situation Retirement Income & Distribution Planning Analysis of your income needs now and in the futureContinual development and implementation of recommendations to fund your income needs and help maintain a comfortable standard of livingRecommendations regarding the most appropriate distribution strategy for your employer retirement plans and IRAsAnalysis of the beneficiaries of your IRAs and how to establish an Inherited IRA Family Wealth Planning Analysis of your current estate plan and concernsComplimentary consultation with your attorneyAssistance in transferring assets to your Living Trust or other trustsProviding guidance with the appropriate and necessary steps in the event of the death of a loved one Client Services & Communications Quarterly Newsletter to keep you apprised of the most current planning optionsQuarterly, semi-annual or annual reviewsSpecial reports on how to help reduce your taxes and other important topicsSpecial Gold Medal Service Events, including client appreciation events (where you may bring up to 2 guests) Advanced Planning Tax Projections While it is difficult to plan long-term taxes, we work with the data we have (the current tax rates and any pending sunsets) and the information you provide to help you plan for major life events.Our goal is not to prepare your taxes (we do not) but to help you save on taxes through long-term tax planning.We incorporate a highly secure and amazing client portal to help with planning for future taxation and various scenarios. Through this portal, we can share all this work with you, for you to access remotely. Some tax projection planning we help our clients with:Roth Conversion PlanningItemization planningTax SunsetsCapital GainsReal EstateRMDs from IRAsSocial SecurityDeferred CompensationTrust IncomeIRAs through the generationsLiquidity events from sale of business or exit from companyCharitable Gifting through QCDs from IRAs or via TrustsFamily Tax Bracket Management (C) Working with you and your beneficiaries to reduce the tax burden through the generations.Incorporates inherited IRAs, Trusts, Corporations, Real Estate, and many other planning tools.Estate PlanningCoupled closely with tax planning and family tax bracket management to deliver the results you want after your death. We all die. It is unavoidable. We help you plan to create the legacy you want when you are no longer here. Life Insurance pays tax-free so it can be an incredible planning tool to legally avoid estate taxes. We are licensed life insurance agents and can help you facilitate this process or work closely with your existing insurance agents. Trusts covered, among others:QTIPIDGTGRATCRTA-BSpousal Access BypassRevocable IrrevocableCharitableDynastySpecial NeedsNIMCRUTsLife Insurance (ILIT)Generation Skipping Medicare & Insurance Planning We are licensed in Medicare supplement and health insurance but do not receive commissions for this work. We do not believe in high pressure sales, but will recommend what you need to complete your plan, along with a referral to a trusted partner. We are licensed in life, disability and long-term care insurance. We can receive commissions for this work, if you implement these with our firm. Medicare PlanningAlthough we maintain our licenses, we do not take revenue for this line of business but offer it to all our investment and financial planning clients as a value added service. We will assist you in setting up initially and annually walking you through the renewal process. What we cover:Part A Part BMedicare Supplement Medicare Advantage (Part C)Prescription Drug (Part D)Integrating with other insurance coverages Health InsuranceWe maintain our licenses but do not take income for this service. We can help you plan and walk you through the best plan for you and your family, or refer to you another professional who can. This service is especially helpful as you plan for retirement before age 65. Life InsuranceLife insurance is required for most professionals. As you age, the need for traditional life insurance declines. The are other reasons to consider life insurance beyond the traditional methods. Primary Reasons for Life Insurance:Estate Planning for Tax AvoidanceCash Value for Tax-Deferred Growth and Tax Avoidance Death Benefit to Offset Income at DeathDivorce PlanningBusiness Planning Disability InsuranceIf you are hurt and cannot work for a long period of time, this will provide some portion of what you made before the disability. It is essential to have this coverage prior to retirement. Long Term Care InsuranceNearly everyone has the potential to need long term care. We help you navigate the choices of planning for this need with future cash flow or through insurance.