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Since 2017, WealthBuilders has provided financial expertise for sales executives and business owners.

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Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (PST)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire you instead of doing this myself?

As humans, we face many psychological biases that prevent us from achieving financial success. According to Bloomberg, from 1996-2015 the average investor returned a measly 2.11% while the S&P 500 averaged 8.19%. One of the primary reasons for this deficiency is the emotional aspect of managing your own money. As a fiduciary to you, we will help construct investment strategies that will maximize your returns given your comfort level with investment risk.

 

But beyond returns, there are many ways we can add value that do not show up on your performance reports. For example, we can look at ways to help you reduce your expenses, reduce the risks you face in your life, and get on the right side of compounding interest.

As an independent financial planning practice, WealthBuilders is set up to avoid conflicts of interest. You should hire us if you want someone to provide peace of mind around your money and reduce the financial stress you feel in your life.

Who is your typical client?

Our typical client is a high-earning sales professional with income higher than $250k+, business owner, or growing family. You may be able to manage your own finances effectively if you put the time and effort into it. But, because of the inherent emotional aspects of managing your finances—specifically the fear of the markets and the time commitment required—you prefer to delegate the financial stressors in your life to a professional.

What is your investment philosophy?

I believe in evidenced-based investment management. I don’t believe that you can beat the market, but I think that you are entitled to get market rates of return. I believe in keeping your investment fees as low as possible, harvesting losses when applicable, and rebalancing when appropriate.

I believe you should focus on the things you can control, like how much risk are you comfortable with, using compounding growth to its full potential, and minimizing your taxes

Who is NOT a good fit for WealthBuilders?

If you believe that you can beat the market, are interested in trying to time the market, or want to pick “cocktail” stocks, we probably are not a good fit for each other. We do not think you can beat the market, but we do demand that we get market returns out of your portfolio. That is why we select low-cost investments that are best-of-breed so we can focus on things you can control.
If you don’t align with our evidence-based strategy and opt for speculative investments or options trading, we probably are not a good fit for each other.

Do I have to come into your office?

No. We can meet virtually over Zoom, telephone, or whichever method of communication is convenient for you. We are set up this way so we can meet you wherever you are, regardless if you live locally or across the country. This will also save you time commuting to our office so we can meet at a time that is convenient for you.

What is a fiduciary?

A fiduciary has the highest ethical obligation to put your interests ahead of their compensation and any other considerations. We are fiduciaries – this is a fundamental value of ours and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do I have to pay for the first meeting?

No. We believe that everyone should have access to a qualified independent financial advisor. Thus, the first meeting will be free. So bring your financial questions with you. If we aren’t a good fit to work together, we will point you in the right direction.

Do you work with people outside of California?

Yes. We work with clients who live across the country. No matter where you live in the US, we can work together. We are currently registered in California, but we can provide services in other states as well.

Do you have account minimums?

We do not have a minimum investment account for financial planning clients. We do have an account minimum for investment-only clients which starts at $500,000 of investable assets.

How do you get paid?
We are a fee-only financial planning firm, which means our only compensation comes from the services we provide to you. We do not get paid any commissions, kick backs, “trails,” or any other fees other than from the fees we charge you. We are held to the fiduciary standard, which means we have to act in your best interest regardless of the compensation we receive. We believe this is the fairest form of compensation and aligns our interests with yours.
Why work with a Certified Financial Planner™?
Financial planners with their CFP® certification are held to a higher standard than any other advisor who is not certified. There are four pillars (Education, Examination, Experience, and Ethics) that a planner must satisfy before he/she is allowed to become a CFP®. Simply put, CFP® professionals have the expertise to develop a financial plan for you and are held to a fiduciary standard of care to act in your best interest at all times.
Is my money safe?

Your money is held at a custodian bank like TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, and Betterment, which is insured by the SIPC for up to $500,000 per account type and are protected against losses resulting from the failure of the broker-dealer. Please note, unlike FDIC insurance for banks, SIPC does not protect against losses due to normal swings in the market. An explanatory brochure is available at http://www.sipc.org.

For accounts over $1M, they will be held at TD Ameritrade/Charles Schwab. See more information about how your money is safe here. 

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