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For the fourth year in a row Janiczek Wealth Management has been named to Barron’s Top Financial Advisor list*, now for 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014!

 

Barrons 2017Mr. Janiczek was named one of America’s top financial advisors* in the March 4th, 2017 Barron’s issue.  The prestigious list of top investment advisors was also published in The Wall Street Journal by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp on March 9, 2017.

The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Barron’s draws from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. It includes a cross-section of private-wealth advisors—from independents who own and operate their own practices to advisors from the large Wall Street firms.  Barron’s states, “This special report lists the top advisors in each state, with the number of ranking spots determined by each state’s population and wealth.

The rankings are based on assets under management, revenues generated by advisors for their firms, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. In evaluating advisors, we examine regulatory records, internal company documents, and 100-plus points of data provided by the advisors themselves.” 

Gold Medal 08.15As we have watched the 2016 Olympics in Rio, it’s truly impressive to see the athletes from all over the world compete at such a high level and demonstrate their true dedication to their chosen sport.  The athletes and their families have spent years devoted to hard work, incredible amounts of focused energy to training, exhibit world class discipline and dedication in order to be the very best in the world.  Their ascension to the Olympics of course has not been linear, as each of the athlete’s had to overcome many obstacles and adversity in their paths to reach the pinnacle of their respective sport.  The Olympian athletes’ training efforts, focus, and discipline are primarily behind the scenes with many hours working with their coach and trainers, with never a promise to compete or let alone win an Olympic medal.  Their hard work and tireless effort’s provides them the best chance to execute their lifetime goals.

When it comes to financial planning, I have found that a systematic approach is needed to make important decisions, focus on what matters most, and evaluate options. In previous posts I introduced the guiding principles of wealth management:

  1.  Make your balance sheet, cash flow, and portfolio your friend
  2. Compare your finances to standards of excellence
  3. Stress-test your financial plan
  4. Know what is holding you back and spurring you forward
  5. Be specific and proactive to make permanent changes

To achieve the desired consistency, I find that people need a well-designed structure. I strive to provide this structure in my role as a financial advisor.

In my previous four posts I introduced my guiding principles of wealth management, along with the first four principles (links to one, twothree and four). Today I will discuss the fifth and last guiding principle:

Be specific and proactive by identifying and implementing the actions that will result in the best permanent changes

PrintOver the years, I have had the privilege of observing how clients meet challenges and tackle opportunities. Some have a knack for succeeding in any task they take on, while others seem to struggle more than they need to. Eventually, I saw a key distinction between these two groups: Successful people are usually very specific and proactive, while those who struggle tend to be vague and reactive. They set goals, but they do not follow through with a plan of specific actions aimed at meeting those goals. Consequently, instead of controlling events, they wind up responding to events. Getting stuck in reactive mode is another example of the 85% Trap.

By contrast, when successful people see a need or set a goal for themselves, they develop a specific plan of action. In keeping with the concept of the Essential 15%, they strive to find a permanent solution to every challenge, as opposed to a solution that requires ongoing effort.

In my last few posts I have discussed my first few guiding principles for wealth management: make your balance sheet your friend and compare your financial plan to standards of excellence. Today I will discuss the third principle:

Back-test and stress-test your financial plan under various scenarios to further reveal strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities.

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The “Elastic Limit” is a term I’ve borrowed from engineering because it has tremendous relevance in wealth management and financial planning. It refers to the amount of stress a material can withstand before undergoing permanent deformation. For example, if you stand on a wooden bench, the wood may sag a bit and bounce back when you jump off. However, if several NFL linemen stand on the same bench, the wood will probably warp, crack, or break.

Matt - close upJaniczek is excited to announce that Matthew Gray has joined the firm’s Wealth Optimization Team to enhance Janiczek’s disciplined Evidence Based Investing (EBI) and Strength Based Wealth Management™ platform.  

Lessons in Financial Strength

“A financially strong investor is a superior investor.” This observation, distilled from my 25 years in the field of wealth management, is simple and yet so profoundly true, I decided to make it the motto of my company. All too many investors learned this truth the hard way during the recent financial crisis: You do not become financially strong by achieving superior results; you achieve superior results by becoming financially strong.

Early in life, my family drove home the importance of strength. My family didn’t buy the home we lived in, we built it. My brothers and I helped my father pound in the nails that held the frame of the house together, and you can bet we didn’t just walk away from boards or joists that still felt rickety. My father built nuclear power plants and oil refineries, structures that must be built to last and able to weather hurricanes and earthquakes. His duties gave him a “stronger is better” way of looking at life, which rubbed off on me.

Outside of Wall Street, many folks may not know who Larry Fink is. Fink is the Chairman & CEO of BlackRock, Inc., the world’s largest money management firm with $4.6 trillion in asset under management. He has led the firm since its inception three decades ago, and like many successful money managers, he’s known for speaking his mind regardless of what the consensus thinking may be.

Fink 02.23.16 Blog

When successful business owners start the planning process of selling their business, in many cases the largest asset that person owns, many are looking at things such as; what multiple of my Business-sale-image 02.19.16EBITDA is reasonable, what business broker or investment banker should I be using, etc.?  The first step in the process really starts with the question “how much do I need to realize from the sale of the business to fund my family’s lifestyle for the remainder of our lives?  I like to equate this process to building a home, if your foundation (or in this case accumulation needed), is not thoughtfully and carefully calculated and executed the rest of the process is built on shaky ground.

“When it comes to your wealth, you are the newly appointed CEO of My Wealth, Inc.”

When working with business owners who have experienced a liquidity event, we often see the most success when these high net worth individuals manage their wealth the way they managed their business.  Let me explain why.


*Ranked/Named among Top, Best and Most Exclusive Advisors sources: Barron's March 2016, 2015, 2014; Advisory HQ March 2016; Financial Times June 2015; Five Star Professional November 2015, 2013, 2012,2011, 2010, 2009; Mutual Funds Magazine January 2001; NABCAP September 2010, 2011, 2013; Worth Magazine July 2002, January 2004, October 2004, October 2008; Wealth & Finance International, October 2014. Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Janiczek Wealth Management is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of Janiczek Wealth Management by any of its clients. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by Janiczek Wealth Management), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly on this website will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this website serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from Janiczek Wealth Management To the extent that a viewer has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. Janiczek Wealth Management is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the website content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. If you are a Janiczek Wealth Management client, please remember to contact Janiczek Wealth Management, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services. A copy of the Janiczek Wealth Management current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request.

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