Investment Partners

Client Assets and Data

All of our firm’s investments are held by Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., headquartered in San Francisco. Schwab is our firm’s custodian. Schwab maintains records regarding client holdings, including buy/sell transactions, deposits, withdrawals, dividends and interest and other historical information. Using this information, Schwab produces and distributes our clients monthly and year-end account statements. Schwab also reports required information to the IRS and other government entities. Schwab safeguards our client’s assets. The first $500,000 in assets is insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) in the event of Schwab’s failure. Schwab provides additional insurance through Lloyd’s of London up to $600 million. All of our reports to clients are based on the Schwab data. If there is ever a conflict between Schwab data and data from another source, we always defer to the Schwab data. Our clients also have 24/7 access to their accounts via the SchwabAlliance service. Schwab customer service is located in call centers throughout the United States. As part of our firm’s due diligence, we have personally visited their Phoenix facility (pictured below) and met a number of Schwab’s outstanding customer service team members.

Our Equity Investments Partner

For over 10 years, we have had a close working relationship with Morningstar, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Morningstar is our primary equity investments partner. Morningstar develops high-quality, diversified portfolios for many of our clients. These portfolios are the result of rigorous quantitative analysis. Recently, Morningstar Investment Services received 13 top-three finishes in their sectors in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” survey. That means nearly one out of every 10 finalist in the survey is employed by Morningstar, about twice as many as for the second-place firm. Morningstar has been in business since 1984 and is recognized as a leading provider of independent research to individual and institutional investors. As part of our firm’s due diligence, we have met with Morningstar senior management four separate times in Chicago.

Consultant Providing Financial Planning to our Clients and Potential Clients

GP Analytics is an independent financial advisory firm whose sole focus is providing professional investment advice. For The McBride Group clients and prospects, GP Analytics offers hourly financial planning and consulting services. By minimizing costs and taxes to maximize return and minimize uncompensated risk we are committed to providing value that exceeds our fee. We believe that individual investors deserve the same thoughtful and rigourous investment management capabilities available to large institutional investors. We bring the skills honed from decades of world-class portfolio management to you, focusing on what matters most to achieving your financial objectives – selecting investments that reflect your values and deliver the best mix of cost and performance. As a fee only investment advisor we do not sell investment product nor do we earn commissions on transactions or from the investments in your portfolio.


Advyzon, located in Chicago, Illinois, manages all of our client administrative services and databases. Advyzon also designed our well received “Profitability Reports” at our request. We also use Advyzon’s client portfolio accounting and relationship management software. Client quarterly billing statements and performance reports are generated by the Advyzon system software. Every day, Advyzon downloads transactions and updates client information from Schwab.

Community First Credit Union

Community First Credit UnionOur firm has the privilege to serve as the exclusive investment resource for Community First Credit Union, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. Community First is the second-largest financial cooperative in the SF North Bay with more than 50,000 local co-op Members and assets of $500 million. Their motto is “Here For Good” and our firm shares their goal and admires their 53 years of service to their Members and the greater North Bay community. The McBride Group works with Community First Credit Union Members to develop, implement, maintain and monitor conservative investment strategies that focus on capital preservation, growth at a reasonable price with an emphasis on dividend and interest income. Our primary investment partner is Morningstar Investment Services and the custodian for all Community First Members’ assets is Charles Schwab & Co.

Our Fixed-Income Partners

Fulcrum Point Financial, LLC is a Charlotte, NC based firm that provides fixed income trading and sales support to The McBride Group. Fulcrum Point only offers fixed income securities (including structured products). By focusing on fixed income markets exclusively, their traders offer the deepest and most up-to-the-minute view of the bond market. . With offices in Charlotte, NC, Dallas, TX, and McLean, VA Fulcrum Point has provided our clients with excellent fixed income portfolios.

Similar to our relationship with Morningstar on the equity side, we work with Advisors Asset Management of Monument, Colorado for fixed-income investments. In the current environment of historically low interest rates, fixed-income investments can be dangerous. The reason is that, cyclically, interest rates will rise and the market value of fixed income holdings will decline. For example, ten years ago we were buying California municipal bonds. When we started our firm, over 40% of our assets were municipal bonds, almost all of which had coupons greater than 4%. Those days are over. Today, we see value in corporate bonds, Agency CMOs, Agency IOs and POs, accrual notes and even some taxable municipal bonds. Advisors Asset Management only selects fixed-income investments that conform to each of our client’s risk profile and investment goals.

Our Regulatory Compliance Partner

We take compliance very seriously. We comply with all state and federal rules and regulations regarding investments. Our partner for the last four years has been Foreside. Foreside is a leader in the compliance and regulatory services industry. Their strength is providing reliable and efficient products and services for investment professionals. As part of our firm’s due diligence, we have visited with Foreside President, Rita Dew, in Del Rey Beach, Florida.

Videography Services

Alan Filippi is our videographer and editor of the Monthly Market Update. Alan is an award winning Director of Photography who has worked in the Television and Video Production Industry for the last 26 years. His work includes countless television shows, corporate videos, web videos and multi-cam productions. 
He has shot for Discovery Channel, ESPN, NBC Sports, Animal Planet, Pixar, and ILM. Alan has also worked with Google, LinkedIn and Safeway. His videos have aired locally, and internationally on NHK in Japan, and RTL in Germany. As an editor, he prides himself on telling stories with his creative and compelling videos. From professional lighting to unique angles and natural sound, Alan strives to immerse the viewer in the story and experience it first hand.

Web Design Services

Bryn Howlett is our Webmaster. Bryn has been building websites for 5+ years and has worked on every type of web related project, from small mom and pop shops, to large high profile companies. In particular, the strong relationships he builds with clients, team members, upper management, and the community has resulted in significant increases in respect within the local business community here in the Bay Area.



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Petaluma , Ca 94954
(707) 658-4433