We are guided by a set of principles that have shaped all aspects of
our business, particularly the way we have built our client
relationships and the investment strategies we recommend. It might
sound old-fashioned or even, yes, unfashionable. And it may not be the
right approach for everyone. But we've learned through decades of
experience that it's a tried and true way of helping you succeed.
We are focused on one client, the long-term investor. All aspects of
our business - from the location of our offices to the investments and
services we offer - are aligned to help us better understand and meet
our clients' unique needs.
We like to work with clients who share our long-term view of
investing. That doesn't mean you need to have millions to invest with
us. In fact, we value every investor.
We are committed to a long-term philosophy that emphasizes quality and
diversification. We make every effort to avoid investments that are
likely to confuse or disappoint clients.
Our investment philosophy is characterized by what we won't do as much
as by what we will do. We discourage financial advisors from selling
any stock priced under $4 per share. We don't sell any options or
commodities. And our research department typically provides research
opinions only on companies that have long stable operating histories.
We believe the smartest way to build wealth is to invest in a variety
of quality companies that have solid track records and hold them for
the long term.
We also discourage our clients from frequent trading - just one reason
we don't offer online trading. It's been proven time and again that a
long-term investment strategy is one of the soundest ways to help
achieve financial goals.
And we don't believe in pushing investments just because they're
trendy or someone says they're hot. We're committed to looking out for
your best interests and helping you develop a plan that makes sense
for your specific goals. And if your needs change over time, we'll
work with you to help diversify and rebalance your portfolio
Relationships are key, and in our view, meeting face to face builds
We prefer to meet you face to face and maintain a personal
relationship. We talk, we listen, and our goal is to always put you