Independent Advisors Are Crafting the Future of Retirement Planning Industry
While the SEC continues to debate the issues of duty and integrity, some of the nation’s most experienced financial advisors are setting tomorrow’s standards for unbiased retirement planning services. Among them is an elite cadre of about 70 independent advisors who participate in an ongoing exchange – a virtual think tank. The advisors, who are affiliated with Legacy Investment Services, Inc., are evaluating and refining processes, rigorously testing emerging technologies and promoting practices that give investors unlimited access to quality investment products.
The brainchild of founder Marc G. Minor, RFC, Legacy Investment Services was established in the early 1990s. The processes he developed broke the traditional business models. He reasoned that sophisticated technology used in mega-firms to conduct independent research and stress-test portfolios was available to smaller firms as well. And, once he cohesively aligned with an independent broker-dealer, he would no longer be captive to the broker’s limited options nor would he be accountable to sales quotas. His “out-of-the-box” approach would give each client access to the entire universe of investment options. …Read More
Comprehensive Financial Planning
After a long, successful run, a business owner starts to consider selling the company.
An executive thinks about the retirement-planning questions she’ll ask in her update meeting with her financial advisor.
A line installer, 30-plus years in the field, thinks again about the day he’ll hang up the tool belt.
In each of these instances, the financial advisor providing guidance might be one of the professionals with the Stonecrest Group at Morgan Stanley. This team is accomplished at learning about people’s unique situations, their companies and their life …Read More
Retirement Strategies for Business Owners
Everybody runs a business. Whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a farmer, a convenience store owner, or the head of a household, you make financial decisions every day that can have repercussions years later. Indiana-based Wilson Wealth Solutions works with executives and entrepreneurs of all kinds to help them maximize income, minimize tax liabilities, and work toward their long-term retirement goals.
“The relationship I have with my clients goes well beyond traditional financial planning,” says LPL financial advisor Nancy J. Wilson, president. …Read More
Going the Extra Mile to Earn Clients’ Trust
Summit Financial Group of Indiana
For many investors today, the biggest question is trust. Who can you trust to help you make smart financial decisions and manage your money with integrity?
For a growing number of clients in Indiana and beyond, the answer is Summit Financial Group of Indiana, an independent financial planning and asset management firm that focuses primarily on the needs of retirees and pre-retirees.
“We go the extra mile to earn clients’ trust,” says President Jon McCardle. “Not only are we a …Read More
A Different Kind of Investment Advisory Firm
At MAH Investment Management, Clients Come First
The stock market has rebounded significantly from the crash of 2008, but for many investors, the memories are still raw.
“A lot of people are still really scared, even people who have a lot of money,” says Michael Wiesemann, president of MAH Investment Management, an independent, full-service financial planning and advisory firm in Brookville, Indiana. “They’re still haunted not only by what happened five years ago, but also by the downturn of 2001. It takes only a slight dip in the markets to activate people’s panic meters.” …Read More
Financial Planning for Life
Grabovsky & Associates, a financial advisory practice of
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Angela Grabovsky, CFP®, CRPC®, MBA, Financial Advisor, was driving to work one day when painter Pablo Picasso helped her see how to clarify her brand of financial planning.
On the car radio she heard a discussion of the artist, including an anecdote about someone asking Picasso about his work. His paraphrased reply: There is only one way of looking at life until I show you a different way of looking at life. Angela immediately saw parallels with her own work. She suddenly knew …Read More
Advisor Is Called to Serve, Hard-Wired to Succeed
For 10 years prior to becoming a financial advisor, Scott E. Oliphant was an engineer. He was steeped in project data, tasked with providing detailed analyses and expert recommendations. Formulating and mapping complex plans—and translating them for the benefit of nonspecialists—was par for the course.
Oliphant’s life changed in 2001, when he was invited to join a leading financial services firm. After some quiet reflection, he decided to start his own firm, Alpha Financial Services, Inc., instead. …Read More
Living From Your Money Is an Art, Not a Science
Do-it-yourself is fine if you’re building a birdhouse, learning to play the guitar or even haggling over the price of a car. But planning for a secure financial future is too important – and too complicated – to be handled by anyone other than an experienced financial professional, says Helen Goldstein, CFP®, president and CEO of Goldstein Group Financial Advisors, LLC. “Decisions you make today – how and when you start drawing Social Security benefits, for example, or how you sell your business – can affect the rest of your life.” …Read More
Innovative Thinking Uncovers Opportunities for Profit in Volatile Marketplace
As the investment industry media declare prolonged volatility the “new normal,” an innovative breed of thought leaders is proving investors can be profitable in both rising and falling markets. “Conventional thinking leaves investors susceptible to portfolio volatility, something we think can be avoided through trading adaptively. A sustainable strategy characterized by a long/short allocation that constantly undergoes sophisticated analysis and rebalancing of positions makes it possible to perform well regardless of the environment,” explains Neal Goyal, President and Chief Investment Officer of Caldera Investment Group (CIG). …Read More
Matching Experts to Companies’ Complex Projects
Let’s say your company has a project in mind. It will be a complex game changer, and the investment is scaring some while the ROI is exciting others. You need a strong program director with targeted subject matter expertise to run this venture. You don’t have that expert, but The Evanston Group does.
The Evanston Group serves client corporations by identifying exactly the right highly specialized professionals for interim placement on a client’s project. “We’re their channel for high-end or hard-to-find consultants for emerging technologies or advancements,” says Kay Anderson, president and CEO. “We are usually on the leading edge of transformation
or innovation.” …Read More