Yes. I do not receive commissions or any other kickbacks for the advice or investments I provide to my clients. I always put my clients first by avoiding potential conflicts of interest.
A budget is a way to manage savings and expenses and can be part of a financial plan. A financial plan is much more comprehensive, linking your current circumstances to your financial goals by giving you actionable, measurable steps to complete.
I use a custodian, a bank that holds investable assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. I can move money around inside your accounts but cannot write checks from your account.
I try to make the meeting process as comfortable as possible for my clients. Using video teleconferencing and virtual financial planning software, I can easily adapt to the needs of my clients. While I am a financial advisor in St. Louis, MO, I have clients all over the country.
I have two lines of business that I bill on: investment management and financial planning. I charge 1% per year of assets under management, billed quarterly. Financial planning scales with the complexity of the plan/project.