Smart investment starts with smart strategies.

As an independent investment planner, we have no ties to proprietary products. That means we can utilize any portfolio to help you achieve your goals. After all, investments themselves are tools – it’s how we package investments together that makes them successful.

Using data visualization software, we show you a holistic picture of your current assets. From there, we work to develop a strong understanding of your income needs and identify the best strategies to grow your wealth, while determining how aggressive and lenient you can be on saving for retirement.

We became a top investment management firm because we look out for our clients and ensure that their successful and comfortable future is our focus.

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Investments as unique as our approach.

We can’t control fluctuation, but we can control the income potential of your portfolio. Our investment strategy is built with the goal of increasing the income potential of your portfolio no matter how the markets are performing. Markets can fluctuate, just like your personal circumstances, so don’t lose sleep over change.

The majority of the companies we invest with have above average dividend growth. Across all of our models, we invest in 70 unique individual equity positions and 59 of those 70 positions have increased their dividend. None have decreased. Even when markets / investment allocations are down, the income power of their portfolio is up. By reinvesting a strong and ever-increasing dividend, you always own more shares, and those shares are always paying out more in dividends, whether the account value is up, down or sideways.

Our investment strategies have helped to make us one of the top investment management firms in the Chicago area. We focus on your needs and your growth, providing you with the most ideal outcomes for your future.

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We strive to find that perfect balance of risk and reward.

When markets are up, you want to capture as much upside as possible and when markets are down, you want to capture as little of the downside as possible. Conservative allocations are designed to protect the downside and often capture little upside. Conversely, aggressive allocations are designed to capture a lot of upside, but will often capture all the downside. A capture ratio measures how an allocation performs overall in up and down markets.

Our equity focused portfolios offer great upside capture ratios when markets are strong. Our focus on recession-resistant sectors, quality dividend, and quality dividend growth rates allow our allocations to enjoy less downside capture when markets are weak.

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Wealth preservation and growth.
Two crucial components of a retirement investment strategy.

You only retire once. So when cracking open your nest egg, you have one chance to do it right. If you make a mistake, you likely won’t know until 10 or 15 years down the road. And then it’s too late. The most common mistake? Retirees treat their nest egg as one lump sum of money. There are costly pitfalls with investing, managing and thinking about your money in this manner.

For example:
Say you have a $4 million nest egg. You decide to withdraw a 4% income stream from your nest egg every year to live the lifestyle you desire.

$4 Million Nest Egg

After a year, say a large unexpected expense comes up. Now you need to withdraw an additional $500,000 cash beyond your monthly income. This brings your nest egg’s relative value down to $3,500,000, reducing your yearly payout. You just gave yourself a pay cut in retirement. That’s the last thing you want to do—especially since inflation increases the cost of living during your 20–30 years of retirement.

Unexcepted Big expenses

A raise in retirement? Here’s how our strategy can make that possible.

To address these challenges, we divide your nest egg into two buckets.

Income Bucket:
Money to draw income from during retirement. Since you rely on this money to live your life, it’s invested in moderately conservative allocations.

Growth Bucket:
Money set aside to grow through moderately aggressive allocations. Gains are protected by moving them to the Income bucket.

Diagram showing growth bucket and income bucket relationship - tool for investment firms chicago

Dividing your nest egg into these buckets helps accomplish several significant things.

1. Withdrawing money from the Growth bucket for unexpected expenses leaves your income stream unaffected.

2. Gains from the aggressive Growth bucket are moved to the conservative Income bucket to protect them.

3. Shifting gains from Growth to Income increases the Income bucket’s bottom line. You just gave yourself a raise!

Learn more about investment strategies that help grow your wealth during retirement in our book Sunny Side Up.

Sunny Side Up
Joey Bunton

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