FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

Come in and meet us. This is the best way for you to discover our expertise, commitment and discretion. During a relaxed meeting, we will introduce you to several members of our team. We use this opportunity to listen to you and learn more about your specific circumstances, needs, and goals. We also provide a comprehensive overview of our services and let you experience firsthand why so many families and organizations have chosen Blossom Wealth Management as their
trusted financial advisor.

We have ensured that our financial interests are aligned with those of our clients. Blossom Wealth Management is independently owned and operated. We are not subject to outside influences regarding service, product or investment recommendations. Our sole source of revenue has always been from client fees. We do not accept any commissions, product placement fees or any other revenue from third parties.

In addition, our investment management services offering provides expert counsel across the entire capital market spectrum, rather than in a single asset class or investment style. For those with more complex needs, our family office services offering provides the high–touch experience and resources you might expect to find in a private office serving an exceptionally wealthy family.

George Salter has a BA and MBA from Dominican University of California; JD from the University of San Diego, School of Law; and CFP® designation from the College for Financial Planning. James Salter has a BA and MBA from Dominican University of California.

We will meet with you to understand your current financial situation, goals and objectives. Following a review of your financial situation, we will jointly determine the scope of services required and the assets for which we will assume management responsibility. The fee schedule and services retainer will be determined accordingly.

Blossom Wealth Management charges an annual fee for Investment Management Services. Our fees are based on a percentage of assets under management and the services provided. For example, a client with $250K would be charged $2,500 annually. The fees are automatically withdrawn on a quarterly basis. Therefore, the quarterly amount would be calculated as follows:

0.0025 (1%/4) X account value ($250k) = $625

The client advisor relationship includes working with both George and James. Generally, George leads the strategy and investment session while James coordinates logistics and implementation. We also have a 10 member dedicated support team at Charles Schwab who perform back office services.

Blossom Wealth Management is a registered investment advisor and completely independent. Our custodian, who holds assets, is Charles Schwab & Co. They provide statements, tax documents, and online access.

George began his career with the largest domestic financial planning company in 2002. He then spent five years at large wire-houses (Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney). Before that George worked at a gold mine in Africa and performed extensive research in behavioral finance during law school. James worked in a family office environment prior to partnering with George at Smith Barney.

Yes. We find it essential to interview prospective clients to ensure that we are a good fit for one another.

We offer holistic wealth management strategies. Over the course of our relationship we will discuss financial planning, retirement goals, education planning, insurance needs, estate planning, portfolio management, and family values.

You want someone you can trust. We are independently and objectively looking after your best interest. You also want someone with experience. Between us, we have 19 years of financial planning and investment experience. Another consideration is education. We have 15 years of post-high school education, including 3 graduate degrees. Lastly, you can benefit greatly from a Financial Planner.

We are committed to helping individuals, families, and organizations utilize, grow, and protect their assets. We also quarterback the efficient transfer of wealth and values to future generations.

Blossom Wealth Management works with a variety of clients. We understand that risk tolerance and time frame vary from one person to the next. We learn about each client so that we may design customized portfolios. We educate our clients on the investment landscape and demonstrate how diversified holdings blend together to form a cohesive portfolio. All this is achieved through our five step financial planning process.

Together we can determine whether our services are a good fit for you. By design, our business model allows us to work with individuals, families, and organizations across a broad wealth spectrum. Having the opportunity to meet you is the first step in establishing a mutually beneficial and, we hope, long–term relationship.

We have over 150 clients.

Most of our clients grant us discretion to conduct transactions within predetermined guidelines and levels of risk. Other clients have concentrated positions or extraordinary circumstances that require an ad hoc approach to their portfolio management.

No. We educate our clients on historical returns and provide frequent reviews to make sure their portfolios not only reflect changes in their lives and economic circumstances but also track long-term progress toward their defined goals.

If we determine that an investment or insurance product is an appropriate part of implementing your plan, we ask that you consider acquiring products through independent service professionals .

There have been no disciplinary actions taken against George, James, or Blossom Wealth Management. There are several government and professional regulatory organizations, such as FINRA (formerly NASD), state insurance and securities departments, and CFP Board that keep records on the disciplinary history of financial planners and advisers. Blossom Wealth Management has been and is currently regulated by the aforementioned organizations and can provide you with an ADV which shows that we have not been disciplined for any unlawful or unethical activities.

This is a very personal decision. To answer this question, we would need to learn more about your family history, employment status, other income and resources, cash flow, and short-term needs, among other things.

You let us know how we can best work with your other advisors. Our goal is to build a strong relationship with your advisors in order to complement and enhance their work. In some cases, we may serve as your project manager to ensure that your advisors have timely and accurate information. In all cases, our job is to work together, provide context and obtain the benefit of their expertise. As your advisor, we will be in a position to anticipate issues and opportunities that can be referred to your tax advisor, lawyer or other service providers, for prompt consideration and resolution.

If you plan to retire in your 60s and your advisor responds with a recommended withdrawal rate higher than 5%, strongly consider heading for the door. Numerous studies have shown that the withdrawal rate that would have survived any 30-year period over the past 130 or so years is just around 4%. It’s a very safe withdrawal rate, so some will argue that 5% is manageable if you can alter your lifestyle based on market conditions. But anything higher is taking on a big risk that you’ll outlive your money.

We educate our clients about taxes and other sources of retirement cash flow and then design an exit strategy that enables our clients to get a “paycheck” from their investments that mirrors what they received while working.

Our flexible institutional design has enabled our clients to mirror the investment techniques used by sophisticated institutions. We also have low costs. Most importantly, we look at your rollover as a critical element of your entire financial picture. We educate you on how the various pieces fit together and enable you to sleep at night.

Yes. Any good financial plan includes a discussion of how much someone owes.

Your trust is paramount — trust in our knowledge, trust that your goals will become our goals and, above all, trust that your personal matters will be kept confidential. For more information on how we protect our clients’ privacy and uphold their confidentiality agreements, we invite you to review a copy of our Privacy Policy.

It’s important that your advisor be thinking about the ultimate goals of your portfolio and the probabilities of reaching those goals. We happen to be fans of Monte Carlo simulation. We believe that its failure over the past year has far more to do with faulty assumptions than with any flaw in the technique. We want our clients to understand how certain conditions will change their financial independence date and the annual amounts that they will have available to spend during retirement.

When you think about wellness, consider the effect it can have on your body and on your balance sheet. While there is nothing more important than good health, a sound retirement strategy can give you the potential for the financial future you want and deserve.

We transition the management of your financial affairs in accordance with your specific needs and expectations. We will dedicate as much time as your situation requires while respecting your privacy and availability.

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We carefully monitor your strategic plan to ensure continuous alignment with your goals. In addition, we provide consolidated performance reporting on a periodic basis. We encourage you to communicate any significant change in your situation so that we may make the appropriate adjustments.

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