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Investment management: How to climb mountains and achieve your financial dreams

Wealth management begins with one basic thing: a goal. Perhaps it is an early retirement or building the financial security to launch a business. Maybe it's funding your children's college education or accumulating a solid estate that can benefit both your family and charities. Whatever the goal may be, when you begin, as is the case with most things you begin in life, you begin by looking up at a very tall mountain.

However, as any skilled mountain climber will tell you, reaching the top is attainable. It just takes preparation, discipline, skill and a respectful understanding of managing risks to do it.

BEGIN WITH SECURE FOOTING

As is the case with mountain climbing, creating wealth requires a strong foundation from which to builda foundation comprised of a clear goal, a strategic plan and a disciplined approach. Unfortunately, each of these things requires a commitment of time and vast knowledge of a complicated industry that most people do not possess. This is where professional investment management comes into play.

Investment management firms specialize in individual, corporate and institutional portfolio allocation. Whether the firm is a private bank, trust, private subsidiary of a bank, insurance firm, brokerage or other wealth management institution, their commitment is to both preserve and grow your estate. So while this is good for you, it also means that the selection process becomes a little more important, because different firms have different views on how best to accomplish this.

SELECT THE RIGHT PARTNER

Investment management may not be as life and death as mountain climbing, but the ramifications of picking the wrong advisor can, in metaphorical terms, be just as fatal. Therefore you want to work with a firm that you can trust, with people who will take the time to listen to and understand your unique needs and an advisor who will work with you to customize an approach that will allow you to realize your dreams.

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