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Your investment strategy is inspired by your financial plan. That plan is built for you.

We analyze your situation and listen to your plans with great sensitivity. We discuss philosophy, lifestyle and your goals for your family. Often we help you define – and resolve – complex, multidimensional, multi-generational issues.

Our planning process includes an in-depth analysis of your current financial circumstances. We evaluate strengths and weaknesses. We uncover opportunities. We systematically educate you about your options. Then we establish a customized plan that addresses all of these.

The resulting plan is comprehensive, integrated, dynamic and completely responsive to your individual circumstances. It is a financial expression of your personal vision. Once it's complete, you'll begin to enjoy unexpected levels of clarity and control.

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PWM Allocation Strategies

Important drivers for the allocation of investment assets are time horizons, liquidity needs and current market conditions.  We believe that asset allocation strategies need to be segmented based upon four broad time horizons.  PWM has identified these segments as the following tiers:


Tier One    0 – 5 Years


Tier Two    5 – 10 years


Tier Three 10 – 15 years


Tier Four   15 years and beyond


The asset allocation within the above referenced tiers is related to the probability of when the asset must be utilized.   For example; Tier One has a high probability that the asset must be used within 0 to 5 years.

The following table is an illustration of the allocation for the portfolios under the PWM management tier system.  It should be noted that Tier One will have a higher allocation cash equivalents and lower risk instruments in many market circumstances.  Heightened market volatility and generally lower return expectations over the several quarters, has influenced a greater allocation to cash and lower volatility investment instruments in Tier Two and Tier Three models.  The expectation is that Tier Four models should be fully invested in equities, fixed income or alternative asset instruments.



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CFP® Certification

The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification that is acknowledged for its high degree of professional education, its ethical requirements and its rigorous standards of practice. It is recognized in the United States and a number of other countries. Currently, more than 71,000 individuals have obtained a CFP® certification in the United States.

In order to obtain the certification individuals must successfully complete the education ethics, experience and examination requirements.

  • The exam, which is distributed by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., covers over 100 topics relating to the financial planning field. It includes case studies and client scenarios that are designed to test the individual’s knowledge of financial planning in real world circumstances.

  • The individual must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States College or University. They must also complete an advanced college-level course focused on the necessary financial planning subject areas.

  • The individual must complete at least three years of full-time financial planning-related experience.

  • The individual must agree to be bound by the CFP Boards’ Standards of Professional Conduct, which outlines the ethical and practice standards for CFP® professionals.

Once certified the individual must also complete ongoing education and ethics requirements in order to maintain the right to continue to use the CFP® marks.

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