FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is your educational background?
Robert Horowitz, Founder:
MBA, Finance and Marketing, Columbia Business School, New York.
B.A. in Political Philosophy, Trinity College, Connecticut.
What are your financial planning credentials/designations and affiliations?
NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor, www.napfa.org. An elite group of less than 1,000 fee-based financial advisors. Membership requires a signed Oath of Fiduciary Duty to clients, and participation in a strenuous continuing education requirement.
How long have you been offering financial planning services?
Founder Robert Horowitz has been offering financial planning services for more than 15 years.
Do you have clients who might be willing to speak with me about your services?
Will you provide me with references from other professionals?
Have you ever been cited by a professional or regulatory governing body for disciplinary reasons?
Describe your financial planning work experience or attach your resume.
This web site is the best reflection of our financial experience. A formal resume is available upon request.
Business Practice: How many clients do you work with?
Are you currently engaged in any other business, either as a sole proprietor, partner, officer, employee, trustee, agent or otherwise?
Will you or an associate of yours work with me?
Robert Horowitz will work directly with you.
Will you sign the Fiduciary Oath below?
Do you have a business continuity plan?
Yes. A copy of our BCP is available on request.
Do you take commissions?
No. We do not receive any commissions whatsoever
How is your firm compensated and how is your compensation calculated?
In general fees are:
1% on 1st $1,000,000
0.75% on next $1,000,000
0.5% on amounts over $2,000,000
Do you have an agreement describing your compensation and services that will be provided in advance of the engagement?
Do you have a minimum fee?
Yes. Normally the minimum fee is $8,000 annually
Does any member of your firm act as a general partner, participate in, or receive compensation from investments you may recommend to me?
Do you receive referral fees from attorneys, accountants, insurance professionals, mortgage brokers or others?
Do you receive on-going income from any of the mutual funds that you recommend in the form of “12(b)1” fees, “trailing” commissions, or other continuing payouts?
What are your services?
Cash management & budgeting
Investment review & planning
Insurance needs in the area of life, disability, long-term care, health and property/casualty
Do you provide a comprehensive written analysis of my financial situation and recommendations?
Does your financial planning service include recommendations for specific investments or investment products?
Do you offer assistance with implementation with the plan?
Do you offer continuous, on-going advice regarding my financial affairs, including advice on non-investment related financial issues?
Do you take custody of, or have access to my assets?
No. However, fees are generally deducted directly from account pursuant to our agreement.
If you were to provide me on-going investment advisory services, do you require “discretionary” trading authority over my investment accounts?
How often will we meet?
As often as appropriate. Some clients like to meet quarterly while others prefer to communicate by phone and email and not meet face to face more than once a year. It really depends on what works best for you.