Services for Institutions
Our team consists of specialists in the fields of investment management, financial planning, tax and portfolio administration. Clients enjoy our open accessibility and the fact that they always have an owner of the firm involved in their financial decisions. We hold ourselves to a high standard of commitment to our clients, and strive to help your institution be successful.
It is therefore more important than ever for nonprofit endowment funds and investments to be overseen by objective, professional advisors who understand this environment.
The SHWM team works with nonprofits, including endowments and foundations, to provide thoughtful, goal-oriented wealth management services. The organizations we work with benefit from access to our deep investment knowledge and expertise as well as through our association with Smith & Howard, a nationally recognized accounting firm with a large nonprofit client family and dedicated team of CPAs who focus on nonprofit accounting, audit and tax needs. The combination of our investment offerings and nonprofit expertise from our CPA sister-firm distinguishes SHWM from other investment advisors.
Our investment approach appeals to nonprofits with its extensive use of highly liquid low-cost index funds and our disciplined approach.
Just like our individual clients, nonprofits experience a level of personal service that creates a sound, trusted relationship for all involved. We believe in long-term relationships, and work to establish and keep those relationships as a reliable, trusted advisor in an environment that is constantly changing.
Retirement Plan Consulting Services
Unlike many firms, we do not sell or endorse proprietary products. Instead, we serve as consultants to our business clients, helping them find the right retirement plan solution.
That solution might be a profit sharing plan, a plan with a 401(k) feature, a traditional defined benefit plan or a new cash balance plan. Regardless, our relationships with top retirement plan service providers allow us to present you with realistic options that match your needs with the services of the provider.
Our advisors stay with you every step of the way, helping you understand and address your role as fiduciary, meeting with plan trustees to establish priorities, helping guide development of the investment policy statement and helping the plan sponsor determine the investment lineup or investment allocation for the plan.
We can also assist with 401(k) conversion services: searching for a new plan provider, working with you and your provider on plan design changes, monitoring the conversion and scheduling employee education and enrollment meetings.
Long after your plan is in place, we are still working with you to provide state of the plan review meetings, quarterly performance reviews, monitoring for compliance and assisting with such things as potential DOL audits.
We commit to understanding your business needs and investment requirements, but also to being available and responsive to you throughout the year. Our objective, independent approach played a role in our recognition by CNBC as a Top 100 Fee-Only Investment Firm in the United States. You can trust SHWM to be objective at all times – looking out only for your best interests.