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Investment Management

GFM's approach to investment management emphasizes the tight integration of investing with financial planning; this is because for most people investing is a means, not an end, to achieve goals which are best reflected in a financial plan.  Accordingly, each client's investment strategy is developed optimally by stress-testing alternative investment strategies within the context of that client's unique financial circumstances and, during implementation, investment performance is monitored in light of client goals codified in the financial plan.  GFM's investment process involves these key steps, consistent with investment fiduciary practice, in constructing individualized, very low-cost and globally diversified portfolios based upon  modern portfolio theory and practice:

*Knowing the client’s unique financial situation and goals
*Appropriately diversifying assets to the specific risk/return profile of each client
*Preparing a specific investment policy statement
*Using prudent experts to invest funds pursuant to the client’s investment policy statement
*Accounting for and controlling investment expenses
*Continuously measuring performance relative to goals as well as taking corrective action

*Avoiding conflicts of interest and prohibited transactions





Investment Management Options

Self (DIY) Stock Broker
Investment Plan Quality and Thoroughness high low low
Continuous Management of Investments to Plan yes unlikely no
Manage Your Investments at Any Broker/Custodian You Select yes yes no
Personalized and Attentive Service high 24/7 medium
Standards of Accredited Investment Fiduciary yes no no
Compensated by Client Only yes n/a no
Reporting Quality
Measure Investment Performance high poor medium
Measure Performance Relative to Markets high poor poor
Measure Performance Relative to Client's Goals high poor poor
Accounting of Investment Expenses high poor poor
Financial Planning Integration
Standards of Certified Financial Planner yes no unlikely
Investment & Financial Plans Integrated yes no no
Investment & Financial Plans Updated yes no no
Coordination with Client's Tax, Legal & other Advisors yes no unlikely

Investment Management Services:  Value Estimates & Indicators


The following are estimates or indicators of the potential value of investment management services on annual investment returns.  The sources of the estimates are publications from Vanguard, Morningstar, John C. Bogle, Standard and Poor’s, The White House Council of Economic Advisors, and others; links to the sources are provided.



      Investment management, behavioral coaching  up to 1.5%,%20Morningstar.pdf


      Tax, efficient asset location  up to 0.8%,%20Morningstar.pdf


      Rebalancing portfolio systematically  up to 0.4%,%20Morningstar.pdf


      Tax, harvesting  up to 0.3%,%20Morningstar.pdf


      Tax, withdrawal order  up to 0.8%,%20Morningstar.pdf


      Not “conflicted advice” – avoid underperformance  up to -1.0%


      Inexpensive investment vehicles – avoid costs  up to -1.1%


      Investment Timing - avoid underperformance  up to -0.8% to – 2.3%

The Clash of Cultures:  Investment vs. Speculation, John C. Bogle, 2013

"The Arithmetic of "All-In" Investment Expenses", Financial Analysts Journal, Jan-Feb 2014  "Timing Poorly: A Guide to Generating Poor Returns While Investing in Successful Strategies"; Jason Hsu, Brett W. Myer, Ryan Whitby, July 2014



source: Hsu, Myer, Whitby, "Timing Poorly"


source: John C. Bogle, Clash of Cultures

source: Vanguard, 2014

source:  Morningstar

source:  Morningstar


source:  Vanguard, 2015


source:  Bogle, 2014







Introduction to the Investment Process


Grossman Financial Management
560 First Street, Suite B-203  
Benicia,  CA 94510
Tel: (707)
745-8756   Fax: (707) 745-8723

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