Financial planning is a core focus of our advisory practice. Whether you are nearing retirement, or whether you just had your first child and want to save for a college education, our financial planning process helps ensure you are doing the right things to achieve your life goals.
To make this all happen, we follow a proven process we’ve developed and refined over the years. It starts with taking time to get to know you and what is important to you. From there, we’ll use our advanced planning software and decades of experience, to ensure your savings, spending and investment strategies, all put you on a path to have what is important.
Retirement Planning is the single most requested service we provide to our clients. For our retirement years to be truly “golden” requires a significant commitment by our clients and a stringent fiduciary requirement for our financial advisors.
Retirement Planning has become increasingly difficult for good and bad reasons. Good because of our longer life expectancies and bad because of the current economic difficulties. Just how do we allocate our resources to protect our assets and at the same time protect ourselves against inflation? Inflation is perhaps the single most destructive enemy to our future plans and is very difficult to comprehend. Think of the prices for Sonoma County real estate over the last 30 years for example. That is why selling all our client’s stocks, only buying bonds and holding on to cash seldom works in the short term and never works in the long term.
Adding to the planning challenges is the demise of defined benefit retirement plans. Few clients enjoy a predictable retirement income adjusted for inflation. As time goes on, the number of definite benefit recipients will only decrease. The retirement ball, as they say, is in each of our courts.
At The McBride Group, LLC, we take a very quantitative approach to retirement planning. Our retirement planning includes efficient frontier analysis and Monte Carlo simulations. We also use the Ibbotson wealth forecasting engine.