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Napa Valley Wealth Management - St. Helena, CA

FAQ

Have a few questions? Great, here are answers to a few frequently asked. Don't see the answer you're looking for? Feel welcome to call or email us today and we'll get back with you, at most, within a business day.

  1. What is the cost for a financial consultation? 

    We offer a complimentary consultation, either over the phone or in person, with no obligation. We're happy to discuss as many details about your unique financial situation and goals as you'd like.
     
  2. What is your minimum investment amount for new clients?

    Regardless of your investment portfolio size, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your unique situation to see if we can assist with you with financial planning or investment management. If we think another advisor might be a more appropriate fit, we'll refer you to someone we know and trust.  

  3. Are you a fee-only or fee-based advisor?

    There are two common terms to describe how an advisor is paid: fee only and fee based. We've found many investors don't completely understand the differences in service and advice they can expect from fee-only or fee-based advisors. Here's an overview to help you understand.

    Fee only
    is just what it sounds like—an advisor is paid only via a fee. Some fee-only advisors are paid a percentage fee for your assets under their management, while others do not manage your investments—they are paid an advisory fee simply for advice (they are not licensed to make trades). Additionally, fee-only advisors are not licensed to sell or service any commissionable products, such as some insurance, annuities, and retirement plans. If you already own any of these, a fee-only advisor will not be able to service them for you.

    Most fee-based advisors are also paid a management fee for your assets under their management. Additionally, they hold licenses that allow them to sell and service products that are available in the commissionable world, such as some insurance, annuities, and retirement plans. Oftentimes products that are commissionable can be cheaper because the advisor is paid a one-time commission versus an ongoing management fee. But it's important to ensure that an advisor who sells you a product is also licensed to service it long term. 

    The most important thing to understand about fee-only versus fee-based advisors is what type of service you're receiving.  

    We are fee based. Our primary focus is fee-based investments, meaning we are paid a fee based upon your assets under our management. Additionally, we can service and sell commissionable products (which can be cheaper for you) that are in line with your personal financial plan. We offer some commission-based products as part of our tactical asset allocation investment strategy because we believe these types of products are integral to reducing your risk and diversifying your asset base. Any advisor concerned with your best interest will be happy to disclose which investments are fee based versus commission based. 

  4. What are your management fees?

    For the vast majority of our portfolio, we charge a management fee—a percentage based upon your total assets under our management. We're happy to share our fee schedule with you in your complimentary consultation. 

  5. What sets you apart from other advisors?

    You get the best of both worlds. We couple the attentive service of a boutique firm with the institution-level investing of an endowment. 

    Comprehensive Planning & Investing: Our mission is to help you achieve your goals with the least amount of risk. Our integrated wealth management approach differentiates us from brokers or advisors who only manage investments. Instead, we marry the best of long-term, personalized financial planning with a tactical investment approach that integrates your fiscal life holistically.

    Best of all, ongoing financial planning is included in our asset management fee for most clients. These ongoing services can include:

    ·         Annual Updates to Your Financial Plan

    ·         Tax Minimization Review & Strategies 

    ·         Annual Estate Plan Reviews

    ·         Help Analyzing Major Purchases and Sales

    ·         Cash-Flow Optimization

    ·         Retirement Planning

    ·         Help Navigating a Change in Family or Career

    ·         Business Owner Resources

    We're Responsible to You: While employees and brokers of banks and stock brokerage firms are paid by and responsible for their firm's profits, we're accountable to you. We pledge to act in your best interest at all times, on every investment. (Read our Financial Code of Ethics.)

    Experience and Credentials: It really is all about people, and we're proud to have some of the best and brightest. With over 50 years combined experience, our management team carries extensive qualifications, well beyond investment registrations. Our CFP® certifications are given to those who master nearly 100 topics on integrated financial planning and who continually meet standards of ethical excellence. In the absence of uniform government regulation for financial planners, any advisor can call himself such, so this designation combined with our integrated approach is what differentiates us from advisors who only manage investments.

    A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is considered the gold standard of investment management. It indicates that the advisor has an in-depth knowledge of security types and investment vehicles, and that he is highly skilled in quantitative methodologies for analyzing securities, such as assessing their value and identifying their underlying risks.

    Service: One of our core goals is to provide exceptional client service, and we survey our clients every 18 to 24 months to solicit their honest, candid feedback on how we're doing. We're honored to currently hold a 99% client satisfaction rate.

    You'll Meet with Decision Makers: With a low client-to-advisor ratio, you'll meet with the folks who actually create your financial plan and manage your portfolio. 


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