Our process involves more than investment management. The strategies we provide begin and end with Financial Planning. We never “sell” products. Instead, we provide strategies.
Our Comprehensive Financial Planning Process is more than just investments.
Each individual is unique as should be the strategies that direct their financial strategy. We implement planning-based financial strategies which include investment strategies that are the product of a well-developed plan. Although this process requires significantly more effort initially, it is one of the only ways to adequately address the funding needs of lifetime goals.
In many ways we act as your “Personal” or “Family CFO”. Just as the chief financial officer of a company develops the financial strategy to achieve company objectives, we serve you and your family to address all factors that might influence your finances now, and for years to come. When appropriate, we also collaborate with your attorney, accountant, and any other financial professionals to ensure a cohesive plan.
As an Independent Registered Investment Advisor, Cascade Financial Strategies’ open architecture means we have no financial incentive to recommend one product or strategy over another. This allows us to provide unbiased planning-based strategies for each situation. We primarily utilize a fee based platform where all fees are disclosed up-front.
Our mission is to provide our clients planning-based strategies that address every financial obstacle they may face throughout their lifetime. These strategies always address specific client goals and needs through comprehensive financial planning, conservative investment management, and the utilization of prudent risk management strategies. Socially responsible investment options are also available.
Fee based accounts are not designed for excessively traded or inactive accounts, and my not be suitable for all investors.
A client’s life-stage and individual circumstances provide the investment parameters. Our overriding philosophy is to find the most conservative investment path that will fit into a client’s long range plan. The following list is an overview of the methods we utilize.
Strategic Investment & Wealth Management Methods
The financial plan must drive the investment and wealth management strategy! When selecting appropriate investments it is crucial to have a long range plan that guides ALL investment decisions. Every investor should ask how their financial advisor decides if their portfolio is in-line with their goals and future needs. Ideally, the investment strategy is specifically designed to fund their goals.
Investment Portfolio Quality
All of our investment portfolios contain a high percentage of quality, dividend paying companies. We select companies that have a record of paying consistent dividends and that we believe have a strong likelihood of future increased dividends. In the past, these types of companies have been far less volatile than many other options in the market.
Tactical adjustments are influenced by an analysis of the current three year economic business cycle. Our aim is to take advantage of probable trends that occur along various points of the business cycle.
We attempt to limit risk in portfolios through extensive diversification, utilizing a variety of investments and investment strategies that include equities, fixed income, mutual funds, alternative investments, sustainable investments and hedging strategies. We monitor interest rate issues and incorporate defensive positions that we believe can help reduce overall market risk.
Dividends are not guaranteed and are subject to change or elimination. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Diversification does not guarantee profit or protect against loss in declining markets. Alternative investments are complex investment vehicles which generally have high costs and substantial risks.