Fee-Based Financial Planning

As a fee-based financial planner, I am compensated for the time and expertise put into designing and creating your personal financial plan. Under this fee structure, I have a responsibility to ensure your interests and goals are always put first.

 

 

 

Of course, my role with clients goes beyond just providing expert guidance in the creation of your financial plan. When I work with you during a fee-based financial planning engagement, I follow the fiduciary standard which means that I act in your best interest and put your interests ahead of mine. I'll also help you implement your plan through a combination of innovative investment and insurance solutions.

In the end, I am paid to work with you to make sure your financial needs are met with care, with expertise and with an understanding of your unique circumstances and individual goals. Together, we can agree on the appropriate fee structure based upon those needs and the specific services required.

Making great decisions about your wealth, whether you are deciding to grow it or protect it or both, starts with sound thinking; thinking that makes sense. Here’s how our thinking starts when it comes to helping you make important financial decisions.

With financial independence, family legacy and social capital solutions in place, wealth optimization becomes the focus of the planning process. I use a unique and disciplined values-based approach to help you make wise choices and to help ensure that your plan is focusing on what you value.

I break the planning process into four quadrants or phases, each one representing one planning cycle: Discovery, Creative Solutions, Strategy Deployment, and Results Management.

  1. Discovery: Identify and think about the problem
    The first phase begins by thinking clearly about the problem. This is called the Discovery phase and this is where clarity is achieved around your goals and planning gaps are identified.

     
  2. Creative Solutions: Think about the solution
    The second phase is the Creative Solutions phase where you think clearly about the solutions and make decisions regarding closing the planning gaps.

     
  3. Strategy Deployment: Implement the solution
    The third phase is the Strategy Deployment phase where you implement the solution and help achieve your desired results.

     
  4. Results Management: Manage the results
    The final phase is the Results Management phase where we establish a plan to manage and implement the results. This assures you have confidence your plan will work over time.

Working with a knowledgeable and experienced planner who has access to current technologies and a thorough understanding of tax rules and financial planning techniques is important. Working with an advisor who takes the time to understand your unique desires and goals is critical.

I will take the time to help you make that assessment, develop a plan that works for you, and provide you with the tools and strategies necessary to successfully implement that plan.

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Copyright 2016 The Legacy Companies, LLC. Concepts used in these materials used with permission from The Legacy Companies, LLC. Legacy Materials and Concepts are only made available to advisors in the Fee-Based Financial Planning program at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company.

The first phase begins by identifying vision and goals. This is called the Discovery phase and this is where we identify your vision and goals to gain clarity around the current planning gaps.
Discovery: Identify Vision & Goals
Creative Solutions: Think About the Solution
 
The second phase is the Creative Solutions phase. In this phase we collaborate and discuss solutions to close the planning gaps that have been identified.
Strategy Deployment: Implement the Solution
The third phase is the Strategy Deployment phase. In this phase we implement the solutions specifically designed to close the planning gaps necessary to accomplishing the goals.
Results Management: Sustain the Results
The final phase is the Results Management phase. In this phase we established a plan to manage and sustain the results, providing the confidence the plan will work over time.
Wealth Optimization System™ Trademark material of The Legacy Companies, LLC

Bill D Cunningham, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, AEP®

Wealth Management Advisor

 

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