Our story begins in 2000. I was a rookie trainee at Merrill Lynch. I was enthusiastic. What an exciting time! The internet was changing every aspect of life and the San Francisco Bay Area was at the center.
The stock market was climbing to all new highs. Newly minted dot.com millionaires were everywhere. Everyone was enjoying what would soon be known as the dot.com bubble.
Then the markets began to unwind. Gradually at first, but soon the pace quickened. Once red hot tech stocks got crushed. Some even disappeared altogether. Between 1995 and its peak in March 2000, the Nasdaq Composite stock market index rose 400%, only to fall 78% from its peak by October 2002.
Some say it is darkest just before the dawn. And so it felt. Things looked terrible. Yet as economies and markets tend to do, they began to recover. Soon the markets were trending higher again. Stories of ordinary people becoming real estate moguls filled the news.
Unfortunately we all know what happened next. The market turned again. I, along with many others thought oh no, not again....
Sitting there looking at my first 10 years of working as a personal financial advisor, it had been nothing if not rough. The market and economy had experienced two bubbles, two crashes and two recoveries. The stock market as an investment had gone nowhere but sideways.
I thought about changing careers.
But I didn’t quit. Instead, I asked what lessons have been taught over the last ten years about how investors can have more confidence and pursue a greater chance of success.
First, these investors tended to look at things differently. They acted differently. They focused on their goals and progress towards their goals. They rarely focused on what some index did. Second, having a plan is not enough. You must act on your plan regularly. The result of these two lessons is New Stage Investment Group®.
New Stage Investment Group® is an independent wealth management firm. As wealth managers we are fiduciary focused, offering fee based financial planning and professional investment management.
We use a process that leverages our independent access to leading financial firms to deliver a broad number of solutions for our clients. Our modern process leverages technology to help make investing easier and simpler for our clients. We unify everything through our plan based approach. This process helps ensure a personal, one-on-one delivery of financial advice and investment guidance for today and tomorrow.
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional since 2007 I am held to a fiduciary standard when working with clients. This fiduciary standard of conduct puts the interests of the client first.
A commitment to putting our clients interest first, we offer fee based investment management, flat fee financial planning and hourly consulting options. These choices give our clients the flexibility to pick the appropriate fit for their needs and circumstances.
Are you unhappy with your results? Feeling unsure or nervous about your current portfolio? A second opinion may be just the thing to help. Whether investing for your retirement, saving for a college education or just putting idle cash to work, everything starts with an evaluation of what you are doing today.
Planning can be very complex or fairly simple. It all depends on your situation, needs and goals. If you have questions about the direction you are going or if what you be sure you are on track, a financial plan is the first step.
The fiduciary standard of conduct meanings putting the interests of the client first.
As a CERTFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and independent financial advisor, we follow a process that is designed to offer value whether helping you plan, save and enjoy your retirement, invest your IRA's, manage investment related taxes, save for a college education or provide insurance planning to help protect your family if something happens to you.
Our focus is on helping you pursue a better financial result. Contact us today to learn more about our P.L.A.N. process.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and may not be invested into directly. No strategy assures success or protects against loss.