About 360Blue Financial Strategies
What makes you qualified to be my financial planner?
Our experience, education, and commitment to deliver the best service for our clients. We work only with your best interests in mind and we have a combined experience of 65 years in financial planning.
How do you get paid?
We are paid a flat fee based on which financial planning package you choose. We receive advisory fees for investments, based on assets under management (AUM). Note that we have a small number of legacy investment accounts that charge a front-end fee. We are no longer taking on new clients under this arrangement. For disability, life, or long-term care insurance, advisor compensation is based on the policy’s target premium which is a formula unique to each product and company. The amount is pre-determined by the insurance company and non-negotiable by the agent. Since the amount is set by the insurance company, it is the same for any insurance licensed advisor.
What securities licenses do you hold and how long have you been licensed?
Series 1 (since 1980), Series 7 (since 1985), Series 63 (since 1989), Series 65 (since 1996), Series 24 (since 2018)
Series 6 (since 2006), Series 63 (since 2006), Series 65 (since 2006), Series 7 (since 2014)
Series 7 (since 2006), Series 66 (since 2006)
What are your other credentials?
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor (APMA)
Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®), Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS®), Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP), Certified Fund Specialist (CFS), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF®), Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Professional Affiliation: Financial Planning Association (FPA)
Is there a minimum amount you have to have or a minimum income to work with 360Blue?
Are you available in the evenings and or weekends?
Yes, by appointment.
Do you work with clients who are outside of Illinois?
Yes. We can work in states where we are licensed. Here is a list where we are currently licensed: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
After becoming a client, how often do we communicate?
This varies from client to client and depends on your own preferences. Some clients connect with us at least once per quarter or twice a year, and we like to formally review your accounts at least once per year. Throughout the year, we have different client events, from client appreciation events to inspiring educational events. As always, if you have any questions, we are always an email or a phone call away.
Who are your typical clients?
Busy professionals, organizations, business owners, and retirees.
How can I be assured that my money and information is secure?
All investments are safeguarded by E*TRADE Advisor Services. You can learn more about their security and safety policies here
Will I be working with one advisor or a team?
We work as a team. Collective effort benefits our clients. It also pays off when your advisor is away on vacation or a conference.
Does your firm have proprietary products?
What happens if I die or I become incapacitated?
We encourage our clients to understand and have an action plan in place in case of death or incapacity. You are the ultimate decision maker over what happens to your money.
Why should I consider comprehensive financial planning?
In our experience, clients who have a financial plan notice a meaningful difference in their lives. Financial planning can give you clear purpose and direction. And having a planning relationship with an advisor may motivate you to better organize your finances and give you the confidence to make more informed life decisions.
How much effort does this take on my part?
The planning process definitely takes commitment on both our parts. We plan together with you as a team to help you reach your personal financial goals. The process entails multiple steps including goal setting, information gathering, strategy sessions, action plans and future update meetings.
How much does financial planning cost?
We take a customized, needs-based approach to your plan. The cost is based on the complexity of the planning needed to address your specific financial circumstances. Here is an overview
of our financial planning packages.
Which financial planning package is the best fit for me?
It depends on your particular financial planning needs. A typical plan may include such areas as a monthly spending plan, debt management, college funding, retirement savings, risk management and estate planning. The easiest way to figure out which package you need is to speak with one of our advisors. We offer a complimentary Q & A meeting to help you learn more about financial planning.
What is the initial Q & A meeting?
This meeting is purely exploratory. It’s a relaxed, open conversation, designed to explain the planning process and answer any preliminary questions you may have. It’s also a no-cost, no-obligation way to determine if you need a plan and if we’re a good fit for each other.
Can I see a sample of a comprehensive plan or an ‘a la carte’ project?
How much is this going to cost me?
Is there a minimum amount to invest or a minimum monthly fee required?
No. We have no minimums at 360Blue.
Who holds my money?
360Blue does not hold your money. All assets are held at an SEC-registered custodian such as E*TRADE Advisor Services, Charles Schwab, or SEI Investments. As custodians, they safeguard the securities and cash in your account.
How do you get paid on your investment services?
We are compensated by fees for our services.
Can I move my money if I want to?
Yes. You’re not locked in.
How and when does 360Blue bill me for investment services?
We bill monthly based on the average daily balance of your account over that period.