Why work with you?
The primary reason that clients work with us is because they are looking for an objective financial advisor to provide comprehensive ongoing financial advice. Frequently clients seek this advice because they are starting to work towards a goal. The goal varies by client but examples include retirement planning, college planning, long term investment strategy, retirement income, maximizing the benefits within a corporate retirement plan and tax planning. Our financial planning process includes the benefits of going through the process.
What types of people benefit most from working with you?
The types of people that benefit most from working with us value comprehensive financial advice, are focused on long term planning, and tend to delegate in areas where they don't have expertise and/or the time to learn. We also find these clients agree with our core values and our approach to long term, low cost investing.
What types of people are not a good fit for your services?
The types of people that are not a good fit include people looking only for investment management with a focus on trying to outperform the market (Hint: it won't work). People who are not focused on long term financial planning or who are focused on a quick fix solution are also not a good fit for our services.
Isn't it wiser to use multiple financial advisors rather than one?
This question sometimes arises when considering having one advisor manage all of your assets. It is definitely an understandable question, one with a two-part answer.
The first part of our answer addresses whether it is wise to have all your assets with one advisor and the custodian the advisor uses. We’ve written here about how to know our business is not a scam. This post details how we’ve chosen who we partner with to manage and and hold our clients’ assets.
The second part of our answer addresses investment risk and performance. Our Investment Management page details what we believe about the markets. To directly answer this question though, we would agree that with some financial advisors you may benefit from a second advisor if the first advisor did not properly allocate your assets and used investments that are concentrated in a relatively small number of holdings. Our portfolios do not require such additional diversification. To start, our equity portfolios contain over 13,000 stocks with exact exposure to large-, mid- and small-cap stocks and foreign markets – both developed and emerging. Moreover, an additional advisor would require close monitoring of the assets to manage your overall risk, which can be next to impossible if the additional advisor used active managers.
With a trusted advisor, a solid custodian, and an extremely diverse portfolio tailored to the amount of risk you are comfortable taking in order to address your goals, you have everything you need in one place.
Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss.
Do you work with people out of the state?
Absolutely! We have dozens of out-of-state clients that we meet with by phone or Skype. When traveling, sometimes we can set up a face-to-face meeting. We have embraced technology that allows our out-of-state clients to work with us seamlessly including secure client uploads to our server and screen-sharing (to aid in making 401(k) adjustments, for example).
What do you do to secure my personal data?
We realize that the safety of our clients’ personal information is of the utmost importance. There are three aspects to this question: LPL Financial, Private Advisor Group, and Guillaume & Freckman. Click here to review details on LPL Financial’s privacy and security policy. Click here to review Private Advisor Group’s privacy notice. At Guillaume & Freckman we utilize several cloud-based services: Egnyte, Salesforce and eMoney Advisor. These links will take you to the respective security pages. We use strong passwords with two-step verification for each provider. Our office has a security system, all computers use strong passwords, and laptops have encrypted hard drives. All paper with personally identifiable information is shredded by a third party.