Case Studies

  • HEATHER

    48 years old
    Recently divorced

    Goals:

    Control and confidence in her own finances
    Financial independence

    Heather had been putting off dealing with her finances for months. After going through an emotional divorce, the thought of organizing her numerous accounts sounded too overwhelming. She knew she needed to take control of her own finances, but she wanted to work with someone who really understood her. She wanted a team who could create an investment plan catered specifically to her new financial needs.

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    Heather
  • THE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

    $10 million endowment fund
    15 years in existence

    Goals:

    Endowment sustainability
    Investment strategy to make current and future spending levels last

    The Country Day School prided itself on its steady stream of income. However, they began to realize that its frequent changes in leadership were causing significant inconsistencies in how its money was managed. What would happen if their income came to a halt? The Board of Directors had a common monetary goal, yet they lacked a strategy to achieve it. The Board of Directors was tired of crossing its fingers each quarter awaiting the performance report of its investment portfolio.

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    Country Day School
  • CARL AND EILEEN

    53 and 50 years old
    IP Lawyers

    Goals:

    Efficient, transparent, long-term investment strategy

    Successful lawyers Carl and Eileen had been accumulating and preserving their wealth since they began working. For years, they’ve used Carl’s financial advisor from a big brokerage firm. However, recently they began to feel they lacked any personal connection with him. They also felt like they were paying a lot of additional fees, which they began to realize add up over time.

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    Carl and Eileen
  • CHRIS

    62 years old
    C-Suite Professional

    Goals:

    Smooth transition into retirement
    Ensure his wife is provided for

    Chris has been working in finance for 30 years and wants to retire. His wife, Hannah, spends her time volunteering now that their two children have moved out of the house. Although Chris works in finance and has a good understanding of the financial markets, he is unsure about how best to handle his transition into retirement. He wants to be smart with money.

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    Chris
  • JANET

    42 years old
    Head of Household Finances

    Goals:

    Provide for her children
    Quality of life for aging mother
    Protect late father’s estate

    Janet is a multi-tasker. As a sister to three and a mother of two, Janet understands the importance of having a financial cushion. Her husband runs his own company and has little time to focus on the family’s finances. Her father passed away and her aging mother would like to transfer as much of her husband’s estate onto her children, Janet included.

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    Janet
  • Sun Valley Law Associates

    $38 million retirement plan
    90 plan participants

    Goals:

    Increase retirement plan participation
    Employee retention

    For years, the CFO of a growing law firm had been largely in charge of the firm’s retirement plan. The plan’s investment committee, made up of the CFO and a few attorneys at the firm, shared a fiduciary duty in managing the plan’s assets. The committee worked directly with their plan provider to help select investment options for the 401k.

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    Sun Valley Law Associates