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Done right, financial planning is a process that helps you answer the following questions:

  1. Where you are financially today? We review your current financial situation.
  2. Where you want to go? We find out what you want, your objectives and goals for the future.
  3. How are we going to get there? The map.

Green Financial Planning follows 7 steps for financial success. Click here to see in more detail the process.

Everyone needs financial advice from time to time. Maybe you need help with your 401(k) investments. Maybe you see retirement on the horizon and you want to know how you can afford it. Maybe retirement is here and you need to know how to make your money last. Maybe you are doing your own investing and you want to make sure you are doing the right thing. The list goes on and on. 

Anyone can say that he or she is a financial advisor. Find out what the qualifications, credentials, and life experiences are of your “planner” or “advisor” before you pay anything or entrust them with financial present or future. We offer a no obligation Get Acquainted meeting via phone or in person.

Green Financial is part of the Garrett Planning Network. Garrett Advisors are well-qualified to help you with your financial advisory needs. Each is required to be a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional—or be in the process of earning the designation. This means that the advisor has taken extensive training, adheres to a rigorous code of ethics, and is registered with a state or the Securities Exchange Commission. We adhere to the CFP® Board Code of Ethics and Practice Standards and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Fiduciary Oath.

The Garrett Planning Network is a nationwide membership of over 300 independent financial planners. The network share a common goal to make competent objective financial advice accessible to people from all walks of life. Members are held to strict criteria.

  • Fiduciaries — We are fiduciaries to our clients, obligated both ethically and legally to place the best interests of our clients ahead of the advisors' interests. 
  • Fee-Only — Members must be Fee-Only, meaning they are prohibited from receiving commissions or any other compensation from anyone else for their services. 100% of their compensation is paid directly by their clients.
  • Accessible — Members must be accessible. That means they all charge based on the time to provide advice, without requiring long-term commitments or minimum income, investment, or net worth requirements. While some advisors may offer and provide other Fee-Only services, the majority of their client work must meet this definition of accessible.
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional — Most members joining the Network must be either a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®) or agree to become certified within five years of their initial Investment Advisor registration.

Someone who puts the client’s interests first. Acts with prudence, skill, care, diligence, and good judgement of a professional. Will not mislead clients. Provides full and fair disclosure of all important facts. 

It means we do not accept any of the following compensation methods:

  1. Commissions
  2.  3rd party compensation
  3. 12-1b fees
  4. Shareholder service fees
  5. Fee-based (combination of fee and any above 1-4)

This reduces conflicts of interests. Fee-based compensation is NOT Fee-only.  We work for clients where compensation is time based by project, scope, and complexity.

We do not sell products, only time and expertise. We do offer specific recommendations and opinions on various products and services that may be appropriate for a client’s situation. We then can advise a client where to obtain the product or service. So, if you need to obtain an insurance policy, invest in a portfolio of mutual funds or find an estate planning attorney or tax professional, we can direct you to the resources you need or help you obtain these products and services.

Yes. We have no minimums income levels or net worth requirements. We are proud to work with people from all walks of life.

No. We have no income or investment account minimums for hourly engagements. .

Any individual or family seeking financial peace of mind can benefit from our services. We serve people from all walks of life. Clients have the flexibility to work with us on a one-time, as-needed, or ongoing basis. We welcome clients who simply need a one-time financial consultation or second opinion, as well as those who need full financial planning or ongoing investment management services. In addition, any business or organization seeking quality unbiased financial education for their employees or members can benefit from financial education programs.

Education is the key to increasing employee participation. We can help your people understand the benefits of your programs. We can customize a training program for your organization.

We provide advice for all types of securities, such as ETF’s, mutual funds, stocks (as they relate to your portfolio holdings), bonds, bank deposits, and annuities. We also provide advice on 401(k) and 403(b) and other retirement programs.

Absolutely not. We offer recommendations in our professional opinion that will meet your needs and objectives. It makes sense to shop around for the best product or service.  For example, if you need a life insurance policy or disability policy, we will suggest the kind of policy, which riders and amounts may be best for you. We will direct you to a choice of companies that provide a quality product, competitive price for you. If you desire, we can help you purchase investments and or establish your account with a third-party custodian.

As a financial advisor and investment consultant, we believe in the following fundamental principles when it comes to designing an investment portfolio and making specific recommendations:

The purpose of a client’s investment portfolio is to fund current and/or future financial objectives.

The design of the portfolio must take into account the client’s financial objectives, tolerance for risk, needs for current income or liquidity, and special considerations such as income and estate taxes.

The important thing to remember is that no one can predict the future. Difference of opinion makes a market. Investment and economic “experts” provided with the same information often come to different conclusions. We do not suggest that we, or that any of the money or mutual fund managers that we may recommend, will make the correct decision every time. We do believe, however, that studying the historic trends and relationships of investment classes and the philosophies and approaches of successful investment managers can provide valuable insight.

The appropriate allocation of investment assets for your goals and risk tolerance is the most important component in developing an investment portfolio.

We believe that a diversified, well-balanced portfolio, combined with long-term strategies, affordability, and patience, increases the likelihood that one will achieve his or her long-term financial objectives. 

Before recommending any investment, we consider the current economic conditions, the outlook for a particular asset class or type of security, and how the investment fits within a client’s portfolio given his or her objectives and tolerance for risk.

With equities, the focus is primarily on the philosophies, experience, and track record of the management team. With fixed income investments, we look for the best yield available for a given quality of security.

As fiduciaries for our clients, we strive to obtain the most appropriate investment vehicles to meet a client’s objectives, while being very conscious of total expenses and risk exposure.

Our fees our based on the actual time meeting with a client or via the phone, researching and analyzing that client’s current situation, and providing specific recommendations and implementation assistance if needed.

Financial planning fees are determined on a project basis. The total fee will vary based on the specific needs and complexity of your situation. An estimate is provided after the Get Acquainted meeting when your personal needs are identified.

They may be depending on certain limitations. Section 212 of the Internal Revenue Code permits itemized deductions for tax and/or investment advice in the miscellaneous section of schedule A. It is subject to a 2% floor of the adjusted gross income on a personal tax return.

Look over the website to see how we fit together. The first step is an initial inquiry from you. You can reach out to us at 352-345-4783 or pat@patgreenfp.com. The initial Get Acquainted meeting is no cost and no obligation. We can discuss which of our services is appropriate for you. The end result is a greater peace of mind.