Our firm specializes in helping individuals develop sound retirement strategies. If you are retired – or approaching retirement – please take the time to explore our website and the wealth of information we offer. We offer personalized, hands-on service. We educate our clients about financial concepts and products, and help take the mystery out of investing, insurance, estate conservation, and preserving wealth.
We understand the many challenges of retirement today and know the biggest concern for many is outliving their money. We focus on money management, as well as other issues that are critical to your financial well being.
At Milligan Wealth Management, we recognize that our clients have many different needs so our investment process varies, based on those needs. For many of our clients, we use a systematic method for managing your investments:
(Step 1) Establish Goals and Risk Tolerance
We begin with a discussion about financial goals, time horizon, risk tolerance, and specific investment preferences. This helps us determine the appropriate investment strategy.
(Step 2) Investment Policy Statement (IPS)
Depending on the type of investments, we may enhance communication with our clients in the following areas, through the use of Investment Policy Statements:
(Step 3) Asset Allocation
Based on goals and risk profile, we determine an appropriate asset allocation strategy. Asset allocation involves allocating your investment portfolio across different asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and cash, considering factors like expected returns, volatility, and diversification.
(Step 4) Investment Selection
Once the asset allocation is determined, we select specific investments that align with your objectives. This step involves evaluating different investment options, such as mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), individual stocks, bonds, and alternative investments. We consider factors like historical performance, fees, risk characteristics, and your preferences.
(Step 5) Portfolio Construction
We then construct your investment portfolio by combining selected investments in the desired proportions determined by the asset allocation strategy. The goal is to create a diversified portfolio that balances risk and return potential.
(Step 6) Ongoing Monitoring and Performance Reporting
Using our LPL Market Research analysis and Morningstar research, we review investment performance, track market trends, and assess asset allocation. If necessary, we may rebalance the portfolio to maintain the desired asset allocation or make adjustments based on changing market conditions or the client's evolving needs. We analyze the performance of portfolios with our clients at least annually, and often semi-annually or quarterly.
The financial planning process can bring structure, clarity, and discipline to personal finances. It helps individuals take control of their financial future, make informed decisions, and work towards their desired financial outcomes. By taking a proactive approach to financial management, individuals can work toward financial independence. We believe it is important for our clients to have a financial plan, and our process typically includes:
Establishing the Client-Planner Relationship
We establish a professional relationship with our clients, which includes defining the scope of the engagement, clarifying responsibilities, and discussing compensation arrangements. This ensures mutual understanding and sets the foundation for the financial planning process.
Gathering Client Data
We collect relevant information about our client's financial situation, including income, expenses, assets, liabilities, insurance coverage, tax information, investment holdings, and financial goals. This step involves comprehensive fact-finding to understand the current financial picture.
Identifying Financial Goals and Objectives
We work with our client to identify short-term and long-term financial goals. These goals can include retirement planning, education funding, debt reduction, estate planning, or any other specific financial aspirations our client may have.
Analyzing and Evaluating the Client's Financial Situation
We assess our client's current financial situation by analyzing the collected data. This involves reviewing income, expenses, assets, liabilities, insurance coverage, tax implications, and investment performance. It helps identify areas of improvement and potential opportunities.
Developing and Presenting the Financial Plan
Based on our client's goals, objectives, and financial situation, we build a personalized financial plan that outlines specific recommendations and strategies to achieve these goals. This may include some or all the following: investment strategies, retirement planning, risk management, and tax and estate planning strategies. We then review the plan with the client, explaining the proposed strategies and addressing any questions or concerns.
Implementing the Financial Plan
Upon the client's approval, we assist in implementing the recommended strategies outlined in the financial plan. This may involve opening investment accounts, setting up retirement plans, establishing insurance coverage, or executing any other actions necessary to put the plan into effect.
Monitoring and Reviewing the Plan
We then monitor progress toward these financial goals and review the effectiveness of the implemented strategies. This involves tracking investment performance, assessing changes in the client's financial situation, and adjusting as needed. Regular communication helps ensure the plan remains relevant and aligned with their evolving needs.
Providing Ongoing Financial Guidance
As an experienced advisor, we can provide ongoing support and guidance to the client, addressing financial concerns or questions that arise. We act as a resource for the client's financial decisions throughout their life stages.
Periodic Plan Revisions
Over time, circumstances and goals may change. We periodically review and update the financial plan to reflect these changes. This ensures that the plan remains effective and continues to support the evolving financial objectives.
Insurance is an essential aspect of financial planning as it helps manage risk, provides financial protection, replaces lost income, supports business continuity, facilitates estate planning, and ensures compliance in borrowing. By incorporating insurance into your financial plan, you can protect your financial well-being and safeguard your assets.
At Milligan Wealth Management, I am an independent advisor. We are not tied to any individual company and are able to work with many different carriers. The process for insurance selection can be complex, and most people have different needs. That’s why we use a carefully designed process for identifying appropriate risk management (insurance) strategies:
At Milligan Wealth Management, we work closely with our employer clients to carefully craft an employee benefits program that addresses their needs. Some products and services we provide are:
Our Financial Wellness program is customizable to evaluate the needs of our employer clients and is usually a combination of the following services:
Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.
There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk.
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