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Our Approach

Our approach to crafting a customized plan for each client

STEP 1: We start with a complimentary meeting (in person or by phone) to get to know each other and decide if we want to work together.

STEP 2: If we agree to proceed with the planning process, we first need to identify your values, personal goals, and objectives. Next, we will begin to gather data, ask for an accounting of your current assets and liabilities along with an inventory of your insurance coverage, any wills and other estate documents, and a copy of your last tax return. Additionally we will discuss your investment experience and tolerance for investment volatility and risk.

STEP 3: We will deliver a preliminary financial analysis with proposals and initial recommendations. This includes an evaluation of whether the goals you articulated are achievable within the desired time frame. Developing the plan is a collaborative process. We ask you to thoughtfully review our analysis and proposals, and give us your candid commentary. We will then set a course towards meeting your lifestyle choices, both now and in the future.

What happens after the initial financial action checklist is delivered?

STEP 4: At this time you have four choices:

  • Do nothing; act as though the plan does not exist
  • Follow the plan yourself, with no help
  • Implement the plan with the help of others
  • Choose to work with Petersen Investment Planning

If you choose to work with Petersen Investment Planning...

STEP 5: We begin implementing the plan, completing all necessary paperwork, carrying out the investment recommendations, and taking action on any estate planning and insurance issues.

STEP 6: During the course of the year we will be monitoring your progress. This includes checking in with you on action items you agreed to do. If we are managing your investments and we believe something in your portfolio needs to be changed, we only do so with your consent. You will always receive written notification of any changes that have been made to your account.

STEP 7: Each year, we come back to the financial plan to evaluate our progress. We determine what adjustments are needed and what the action items will be for the coming year. If something important arises between our scheduled meetings, please call us. We welcome the opportunity to schedule time for you.

We ask you to inform us of your financial choices before you make a decision, not after the fact. By keeping us informed of changes in your life and progress toward your goals, you make it easier for us to help you make great decisions and move ahead in your journey.

Most importantly, please be open with us at all times. If anything is said or done that upsets you or doesn't feel right, please bring it to our attention immediately, so it can be resolved as soon as possible.

In our work we have learned that goals and objectives will change over time. Life is a journey. If your goal today is to reach the farthest hill you can see from here, then eventually we expect you to be standing on that hill. When that happens, it will be time to create new goals and dreams.