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  • 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?
    Robert Horowitz, Founder: NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor, 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. CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Financial Analysts must pass a series of three rigorous examinations taken in sequential levels over several years. A copy of our Form ADV, Part 2 is available for download here. Member, Financial Planning Association – Members must adhere to a code of ethics that demands honesty, objectivity, competence and confidentiality. Robert is also a board member emeritus of the FPA of San Francisco.
  • 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?
    50-60, generally.
  • 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?
    Yes. The advisor shall exercise his/her best efforts to act in good faith and in the best interests of the client. The advisor shall provide written disclosure to the client prior to the engagement of the advisor, and thereafter throughout the term of the engagement, of any conflicts of interest which will or reasonably may compromise the impartiality or independence of the advisor. The advisor, or any party in which the advisor has a financial interest, does not receive any compensation or other remuneration that is contingent on any client’s purchase or sale of a financial product. The advisor does not receive a fee or other compensation from another party based on the referral of a client or the client’s business.
  • 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?
    Fee-Only. 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?
    Financial planners provide a range of services. It is important to match client needs with services provided. We offer the following financial advice: Goal setting Cash management & budgeting Tax planning Investment review & planning Estate planning Insurance needs in the area of life, disability, long-term care, health and property/casualty Education funding Retirement planning Important Note: Robert Horowitz Wealth Management does not do taxes nor provide specific tax, insurance or estate planning advice. We refer clients to qualified professionals for specific advice in these areas. Consult your legal or tax professional.
  • 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.
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