Being Independent

Independence is a significant competitive advantage that translates to value for our clients. 

When asked “What is the single greatest advantage of doing business with SMB Financial Strategies?” Without hesitation, my response is always the same: independence.

What does it mean to be an “Independent Financial Advisor”? This term was coined to describe advisors working in the best interest of their clients rather than representing an insurance company, bank or mutual fund company. Independence affords you the benefit of personalized and professional investment strategies based on your unique time horizon, financial objectives, risk preferences and tax considerations. This means I only recommend those products and services that address my clients’ needs - in other words, no quotas or pressure to sell propriety products.

Why may independence be important to individual investors? Well, for one, your future financial success may depend on the type of investment advice you get today. In an increasingly complicated era, pursuing your financial goals depends on objective advice; meaningful, timely information and research; and access to the investments and services that best fit your specific circumstances. Independent research enables me to choose investments solely on the merits of their characteristics and their suitability for your financial goals.

SMB Financial Strategies is in a unique position to contribute to the financial success of our clients – while taking full advantage of comprehensive back-office support, regulatory expertise and oversight, as well as technological support provided by LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer.* These advantages are passed on to our clients in the form of better and more personalized service.

Choosing the right resources to manage your wealth is one of the most consequential decisions that you will ever make. With increasing uncertainty in today’s financial markets, these are the times when you most need objective advice.

*As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2023, based on total revenue.