Before we start any journey, we find out where we currently are. In order to know where you should go next, we need to know where you’ve been.
We begin by understanding your feelings about risk. Whether you are a conservative or an aggressive investor, we can construct a portfolio for you. We define investment risk differently than the rest of Wall Street.
Wall Street uses volatility or standard deviation as a measure of risk. We use how much money you might lose.
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While limiting risk is important, you should also capture return.
Instead of trying to create value by picking “hot” stocks or attempting to time the market, we provide value by providing you access to the dimensions of excess returns.
We utilize mutual funds from Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA). DFA doesn’t fall in the active management category or the index fund category of mutual funds. DFA avoids the expensive activity of stock picking and market timing, but they aren’t dedicated to matching an index.
DFA funds are only available to individual investors through DFA approved investment advisors. Pathways Financial Partners is approved for the purchase of DFA funds, but receives no compensation from DFA or any other investments. Over long periods of time certain types of stocks outperform their competition. Small company stocks outperform large company stocks. This creates a small company premium return. Value stocks outperform growth stocks. This creates a price premium. Stocks from profitable companies outperform stocks from non-profitable companies. This creates a profitability premium. DFA tilts their portfolios in favor of highly profitable, small-value stocks.
However, it doesn’t make any sense to pay $5 to get a $4 return. Implementation and net expenses play big roles in the investors return. DFA practices a flexible and patient trading strategy that allows them to avoid unnecessary trading costs. Dimensional Fund Advisors allow us to provide you best-in-class mutual funds. All of DFA’s mutual funds focus on limiting costs and increasing returns. This allows us to accurately and efficiently focus on your personal goals and financial plan.
We know we aren’t your only professional advisor.
Hopefully, you’ve surrounded yourself with highly trained experts. Your accountant, lawyer, insurance agent, and banker should be involved in your financial plan.
We like to think of ourselves as the quarterback of your financial football team. As the coach of the team, you ultimately have the final say on what happens.
As the quarterback, we help pass along your decisions to the rest of the team. We help you effectively and efficiently communicate your needs and desires to your accountant, lawyer, insurance agent, and banker. We speak the same language as your other professional experts, and we can make sure what you want to happen actually happens.
Let us help you execute your financial plan.
Brian began his career at a large Wall Street firm in the mid 1980’s and founded Pathways Financial Partners in 1998 to be free from the inherent conflicts of interest prevalent in the larger firms.
Brian focuses on clients with at least a million dollars to invest.
Layton studied accounting at the University of Arizona while interning for a large insurance company. This sparked his interest in investing and capital markets. He joined the team in August 2012 and began specializing in the unique financial difficulties of professional athletes.
Layton works with professional athletes and clients with at least $250,000 to invest.
A winding road that began in Printing Technology at Clemson University then traveled through all aspects of the hospitality industry, owning her own bookkeeping service, retail and wholesale sales ultimately led Christina to PFP in 2007.
Nik studies Finance at the University of Arizona. Nik conducts various Pathways Financial Partners’ research and analysis.
Blake studies Finance at the University of Arizona. Blake creates Pathways Financial Partners’ financial plans.