Frequently Asked Questions
We are primarily geared toward managing the complexities facing high net worth individuals, families, and institutions. By extension, our resources also enable us to serve those in the accumulation phase of their lives. Our client base is geographically diverse across the United States.
Our expertise covers a number of issues including, but not limited to, effective cash management, income and capital gain tax planning, stock option and other forms of executive compensation, asset allocation, insurance planning, charitable giving, estate planning techniques, and intergenerational wealth transfer.
We maintain an extensive network of professionals from complementary industries. We are happy to work with your existing provider(s) and/or make introductions to others within our network.
As an independent adviser, we have an unlimited universe of investments to choose from and currently maintain relationships with a select group of investment managers while continually evaluating their roles within client portfolios. Some of the better known institutions to whom we currently allocate client assets include Bain Capital, BlackRock Inc., Dimensional Fund Advisors, Goldman Sachs, State Street Global Advisors, The Vanguard Group, and WisdomTree Investments.
Accounts are opened and maintained at Fidelity Investments, TD Ameritrade, TIAA-CREF and/or other third-party custodians. The account owner grants Great Point a limited power of attorney to manage and service the account on their behalf. The independent custodian sends a statement of balances, positions, and transactions directly to the account owner on a monthly or quarterly basis.
After obtaining your signature on requisite forms, we handle all aspects of the account transfer process. We reconcile positions, update cost basis, and after the plan has been agreed upon, allocate assets according to the investment policy.
Your portfolio is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. Because we take a long-term view on capital markets, transactions are kept to a minimum, however, we will rebalance as necessary in response to relative performance and changing economic environments.
There is no limit to the amount of interaction our clients have with us. Meetings and phone calls tend to be more frequent during the initial stages of the relationship as the financial plan is developed and accounts are organized. In later stages, an annual or semi-annual meeting seems to work best for most clients, but varies based on individual circumstances.
Please call or email the office and we’ll arrange a brief phone conversation to determine if an introductory meeting would be mutually beneficial.
The vast majority of new clients are referrals from existing clients or other trusted professionals. Because of the confidential nature of our work, we do not divulge names of current clients, and therefore do not provide references.