Our goals are directly aligned with those of our clients — to help grow their assets with an eye toward long-term security. As licensed professionals, we have a fiduciary duty to the financial well-being of our clients.
Most people greatly underestimate the potential to lose money on their investments. Many former Enron employees had their entire 401(k)s invested in Enron stock. An overly conservative investment approach, however, can leave people short of money when they need it most. You don’t want to be looking for a job when you are 75 years old. By helping clients understand risk, we can devise strategies to help limit the possibility of devastating financial losses.
All clients’ assets are held in their names at the securities firm, trust company, mutual fund, insurance company, or other financial intermediary. Our authority over a client’s account is limited to the ability to direct transactions among investment options.
Very few people can afford to retire on just their savings. Our investment strategies seek growth at a reasonable level of risk, with the goal of putting the clients’ savings to work for the long term.
Diversifying investments is just the beginning of risk management. Investors also need to continually adjust their holdings based on changes in the financial markets. Risk management means moving to higher ground when the floodwaters rise, not just retreating to the roof while the waters destroy your home.
All too often, investors’ problems come down to a matter of money. Few people have the aptitude and discipline to successfully manage their own investments toward a financially stable future. Emotions and poor money management often negate modest gains toward financial freedom.