How do we know who to trust?
“We’ve built our business and worked hard. How do we get our money to work as hard as we have? We’ve never trusted anyone with our finances. There are so many different types of advisors, how do we know they are looking out for us?”
– Mike and Kimberly
Getting to know Mike and Kimberly – building a trusted team.
Mike had started a packaging company right out of college. Later Kimberly joined, they diversified into other business lines, and together they grew the company into a very successful and well respected business. They had been approached by a larger competitor to purchase the company.
Mike and Kimberly had been talking about retirement for the last few years but had no timeline in mind. Now they had a fair offer on the table. They wanted to spend more time with their grandchildren and they wanted to take the trips they had never had time to enjoy. They excitedly but nervously took the offer.
They knew they would need a team of professionals to prepare them for their next chapter in life. They had an accountant and attorney they trusted but they had never worked with a financial advisor. They would need someone they could trust to manage their wealth and map out a plan for their future. They would need a lot of personal attention as they made the transition from business owners to retirees.
Their attorney recommended they hire a Registered Investment Advisory firm that would act as a fiduciary when managing their investments and giving financial advice. They needed a firm that could be counted on to always act in Mike and Kimberly’s best interest.
Brilliant Advice was the perfect addition to their team of professionals. They liked that we never receive commissions or referral fees. They liked that our fees are transparent and easy to understand. They also appreciated that we would work proactively with their other trusted professionals. This, along with the knowledge that clients of Brilliant Advice never have their accounts in our direct management – there is always an independent custodial firm – gave them assurance that there would be many checks and balances.
Mike and Kimberly were also pleased to learn that the Brilliant Advice team and their families co-invest in many of the same investments that were recommended to them. This gave them a lot of confidence. As Mike said, “the pilot would be flying in the same airplane with them.” They also liked that they would be working with advisors who are themselves business owners, as they valued the ownership mentality.
Together we crafted a plan – working as a team.
We worked closely with their attorney and accountant as they finalized the details of the business sale. The large payout from their business would occur over several years. Together we created a financial plan.
We developed a strategy to meet their cash flow needs and minimize their tax liability. Mike and Kimberly would need to update their estate plan to reflect their change in net worth.
We discussed their legacy goals for their children, grandchildren, and charitable giving. As a part of their team of professionals, we worked with them to develop a comprehensive estate plan and a charitable foundation that would allow them to make a difference in the lives of those they cared about while at the same time minimizing estate taxes.
We put their money into action – they have an investment strategy that supports their cash flow needs and legacy plans.
Mike and Kimberly want the flexibility to enjoy their lives while they are still healthy. We make sure they have the cash they need to spoil their grandchildren and take special trips.
“Cern, Danya and Holly at Brilliant Advice are a key part of our trusted team of professional advisors. Even though we travel a lot, with the technology tools they have we feel connected to them and have access to all the information we need. We get to spend time with our grandchildren and on our charitable endeavors – our team handles the rest!”Mike and Kimberly
We maintain a proper investment mix for their risk tolerance to meet their cash flow needs. We make sure their investments are well diversified to capture global and domestic market opportunities to help preserve their assets.
We know they have worked hard for their money. We make sure their money is working hard for them by keeping their investment expenses and fees low.
Mike and Kimberly confidently live their lives – they have the time and resources to enjoy their lives.
Mike and Kimberly meet with us several times a year to update us on their lives and share their travel stories.
While they understand that they are invested for the long haul they still wanted to monitor their investment account balances and not have to wait for quarterly statements. They regularly visit our client portal on their computer and on an app through their mobile phone to check their investment results.
Mike and Kimberly are confidently enjoying their lives because they know they have a team of trusted professionals working for them.
We’ve worked too hard to mess things up now.
We’ve done well saving for retirement but what happens if market returns are lower than expected? Will we have enough to maintain our lifestyle? Will we have to work longer?
James & Mary’s story…
How do we tie it all together?
We think we’ve saved enough. We have many investment accounts spread out among different brokerage firms. We know we are not managing our accounts well, but we don’t have time to figure out a plan.
David & Jennifer’s story…
Can we do it all?
Everyone depends on us – our children and our parents. We want to make sure our family is provided for but we also need to make sure we have enough as we age. How will the choices we make today impact our future?
Tony & Jackie’s story…
These case studies are hypothetical in nature, for illustrative purposes only, and should not be considered investment advice. The information is intended to illustrate services available at Brilliant Advice, and is not intended as a testimonial or endorsement of Brilliant Advice, as an investment advisor. These case studies do not necessarily represent the experiences of other clients, do not reflect actual investment results, nor is a guarantee of future results. The investment strategies discussed are not appropriate for every investor and take into consideration a client’s investment objectives and financial needs. Clients should review with Brilliant Advice the terms, conditions and risks involved with specific services and products.