How We Do It

May 31, 2022
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Given the news, and emotions, of the moment, we thought it would be a good time to revisit what you own, why you own it…and how it’s doing so far this year.

Your Life, Not the Market

We design your portfolio based on your life. That means we customize and adjust your investments based on your current financial situation and life goals, NOT the market.

This is not just something we say to sound catchy, it’s how we do it.

Each portfolio is unique and personalized to your specific life needs, wants and wishes. We don't use models or algorithms.

We are planners; not prognosticators trying to anticipate short term market moves based on recent headlines or political events.

Like a doctor's prescription, we provide our professional diagnosis and portfolio recommendations after a complete and thorough understanding of your current financial situation, goals, timeframe, and risk tolerance.

Our Strategy

We separate your investible assets into three individual buckets, each with a goal of meeting specific needs over a particular time horizon with an agreed upon level of risk.

As your life and/or circumstances change, we update your plan and your investment allocation accordingly.

How We Build Portfolios

Emergency Funds

Before investing, we help clarify how much you need in an emergency fund that is separate from your day to day spending.

This is more of an art than a science as people have unique situations and need different levels of cash to feel comfortable.

For example, a dual income working couple may feel comfortable with a lower cash level than a single income family of 5 with small children or a retiree with no pension or fixed income.  

This may represent six to nine months living expenses or simply a dollar amount that makes you feel secure. Emergency funds should remain fully liquid in cash or treasury money market fund (ie not in a CD) and held in a separate checking or savings account while maintaining proper FDIC protection.

If funds are spent down/used, we simply replenish from the buckets below.

Vetting Our Investments

Once you’ve established your emergency fund, we can now get you invested. The first thing you should know is that we’ve done our homework on anything and everything we recommend to you and your family.

For an investment to make it into a Gg portfolio it must meet and maintain a litany of the highest standards and verified by third party research such as Morningstar.

Our in-depth process of vetting investments includes evaluating a wide variety of factors including the underlying strategy, historical returns, the character of the management team or financial institution as well as an evaluation of tax efficiency, expenses, and turnover.

Our advisory team meets weekly to review and monitor portfolio positions and life changes throughout the year. In addition, our investment committee meets quarterly to review client holdings, allocations, relative performance, and regulatory changes in the industry.

In short, we know exactly what you own and why you own it.

Bucket 1

Bucket One represents a conservatively crafted diversified portfolio designed to provide up to four years of living expenses as well as expected capital purchases. This bucket is in addition to your emergency fund and provides protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances

The investments in this bucket are short-term in nature and consist of conservatively allocated low-cost, diversified mutual funds with rising income.

The primary purpose of these investments is safety, liquidity, and current income.

Bucket 2

Bucket Two is structured for income and growth with a timeframe of five to ten years. Clients with a more conservative overall risk tolerance may feel more comfortable with these portfolio holdings for even longer periods.

We utilize a mix of blended funds consisting of diversified fixed income combined with US and international equities. These investments have moderate growth potential with rising dividend income to manage inflation risk and serve as a backup in the event Bucket One is exhausted.

Bucket 2 may include up to 50% in bonds and is designed to provide less downside risk during volatile times than the equity market.

Bucket 3

Bucket Three covers your needs beyond ten years and is fully invested in a diversified portfolio of low cost, diversified equities (stocks).

For this bucket, we utilize a combination of equity index funds, ETFs, mutual funds, and in rare cases, individual stocks. This bucket is meant for funds needed later in life or legacy money to leave to heirs.

The purpose is long term growth and inflation protection, allowing more fluctuation in the values over shorter time periods.

When We Make Changes

We make changes to your portfolio (and the respective buckets) based on changes in your life or your goals, NOT changes in the market.

We also never make changes to portfolios based on the economy, the political landscape, or in reaction to any current event.

The key is consistent communication and regularly scheduled annual reviews with our team to ensure we are both on the same page with respect to your life... and your investments.

For example, if you’re retiring sooner than anticipated, you're considering buying a new house, or an unexpected life event happens, we will talk and adjust accordingly.

If your goals haven’t changed, neither should your portfolio.

What Ultimately Matters

We measure success by the progress and likelihood of accomplishing your life goals, not a market benchmark. Our goal is never to beat the market.

While security selection and asset allocation play a role,

By far the most important factor is your behavior as an investor.

Successful lifetime investing boils down to patience, discipline and faith in the future. We combine these variables along with purpose, planning and process to help you live the life you desire...without worries about money.

Your Life is Our Passion,