Find the Measure of True Wealth

A Financial Partner You Can Trust

Relationships based on disclosure, transparency and the mutual alignment of interests


Stellar Road Financial’s team employs members of the Financial Planning Association (FPA®), which is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S.
FPA® members are those who commit to the highest standards of professional competence, ethical conduct and clear, complete disclosure to those they serve. They deliver advice using an objective, client-centered, ethical process.

STANDARD OF CARE
All financial planning services will be delivered in accordance with the following standard of care:

  • Put the client’s best interests first
  • Act with due care and in utmost good faith
  • Do not mislead clients
  • Provide full and fair disclosure of all material facts
  • Adhere to a code of ethics that reflects their commitment to help clients achieve their life goals; and Disclose and fairly manage all material conflicts of interest.

The recent actions of “too big to fail” financial corporations have diminished investor confidence in the retail brokerage system and the suitability standard of care. In response, the government has implemented the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This aims to prevent investors being disadvantaged by the many conflicts of interest that can exist between brokers, broker dealers and their clients.

Stellar Road Financial Group seeks to restore investor trust by creating fiduciary relationships with their clients—relationships based on the full disclosure of all relevant information, transparency and the mutual alignment of interests. Relationships with independent financial advisors who are accountable to their local community and whose reputation depends on satisfied clients and neighbors.

There are two types of financial organizations: those you have heard of and those you haven’t yet heard of. When those “too big to fail” organizations who spend millions on national advertising and executive bonus packages have received government bailouts, is it time to see if a financial organization you haven’t heard of can help you?

CHECKS and BALANCES

When you work with an independent wealth manager such as Stellar Road Financial, you are benefitting from the transparency and external checks and balances that other, larger corporations may not have to comply with.

We work with, and through, numerous unaffiliated companies, all of whom run a variety of checks and balances to ensure full compliance with financial regulations is taking place. Unlike many of the recent consumer abuses, we can’t be accused of exerting influence over these outside companies who are monitoring our activities. They are independent organizations whose interests are to protect themselves and you, their client. In our opinion, one of the reasons the financial industry has been involved in so many large-scale legal problems is the intertwined nature of the “too big to fail” corporations and their affiliated organizations.

When Mutual Funds are allowed to pay broker dealers to recommend their product, in addition to sales commissions, how can you ensure the recommendation is in your best interests? When ratings agencies are paid by the companies they are rating, how can you ensure their grades are impartial?

PARTNERS

Stellar Road differentiates itself within the financial industry by seeking partnerships with reputable financial institutions. Our goal is to construct and manage a team of highly stable and trustworthy organizations who all contribute their own specific advantages for your benefit. Each partner, selected as the best of breed in our opinion, has a precise, focused role to play in safeguarding and securing your financial future.

One of the most important partnerships in any financial relationship is that with the custodian. A custodian is a specialized financial institution responsible for holding and safeguarding a firm’s or an individual’s financial assets. Simply put, we see a custodian as your protector.

Custodians ensure each and every client receives complete transparency relating to their assets, while restricting the access others have to their money.

BEST PRICE AND EXECUTION

As part of our commitment to transparency, we encourage our clients to perform their own due diligence on Stellar Road Financial and any other financial advice organization. Due diligence means an investigation into a business or person prior to the signing of a contract, or engaging a person who should act with a specified standard of care.

Your own, personal due diligence may include questioning the wisdom of receiving financial advice from a company that:

  • Recently received government bailouts to stay in business—bailout money that came from you, the U.S. taxpayer
  • Over-leveraged their own company and client assets to a point that they failed to understand the risks to their own financial survival
  • Generates revenue by charging undisclosed commissions and fees on client transactions
    Is regularly sued for profit maximizing tactics
  • Motivate their staff by paying them massive commission-based salaries and bonuses
As a supplement to their own due diligence, our clients draw reassurance from the fact that Stellar Road Financial’s large institutional clients undertake and maintain their own stringent due diligence prior to engaging Stellar Road Financial as an asset manager. In addition, they are usually required to perform annual, or more frequent, due diligence scrutiny of operations and continuing management capability.
Our operations and systems work on the principles of openness, accessibility and accountability. We have nothing to hide; we encourage our clients to share our interest in exposing the hidden costs and practices of the large, brokerage-led financial system, just as the Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank and the Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd have sought to do by introducing the Dodd-Frank Act.

TRIED and TESTED

In the summer of 2007, the expression “Credit Crisis” hit the headlines. Wall Street and the banking and brokerage industries clearly had problems; however, no one knew just how deep and wide the credit crisis hole was.

Since this date, it has become clear that the major financial corporations of the developed world have dug themselves into a massive debt and derivative hole at the expense of their investors, clients and the U.S. taxpayer. We have witnessed a constant litany of alleged fraud, misinformation and financial abuse. This has led the U.S. Government to sign into law The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (July 2010).

In our view, we have experienced a period where everyone found out “Who was really Who” and “What was really What.” So many questionable financial practices were exposed that most investors now question the trust and integrity of the large financial organizations.

For those investors who ask themselves “who can I trust?”, now might be the time to consult with a Stellar Road Financial Advisor.

YOUR Stellar Road Financial – YOUR TEAM ON YOUR SIDE

The complexity of your unique financial needs may require the attention of a diverse team of industry experts.

At Stellar Road Financial Group, you have access to dedicated professionals and teams which include: Financial Planning, Compliance and an Institutional-level Investment Committee and Chief
Investment Officer.

A personal Stellar Road Financial Group Advisor firstly seeks to fully understand your individual needs and future requirements. They then act as a “quarterback” in organizing and monitoring exceptional and focused resource experts in accordance with your “coaching direction.”

One of the breaking points of the traditional retail financial industry, in our opinion, is the reliance on a single, local broker to handle all aspects of the client relationship. Sure, large companies do have great depth and breadth of expertise within their massive organizational charts. Unfortunately, most clients only get to discuss their personal situation, investments and financial planning needs with a single broker. Direct access to the actual investment managers and financial planner is often restricted.
This broker is probably the same person who spends a great deal of time on marketing and client service. It’s a lot for one person to handle in today’s volatile, fast-paced Stellar Road Financial world.
At the end of the day, a broker in a big corporate financial business is controlled by corporate directives and products and seeks to sell them to clients. This is an obvious point of potential failure and doesn’t allow the real financial experts to address your specific needs.

The aforementioned Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is, in part, the government’s countermeasure to prevent these large company “experts” from devising products wherein the true cost and risk are undisclosed. One of the aims of the act is to put an end to the creation and selling of products that were instrumental in the recent recession and subsequent bailouts.

Can a single stock broker or individual maintain the highest educational and research standards across all areas of your financial requirements including: income tax planning, financial planning, estate planning, asset protection, risk management and investment management?

We believe successful client relationships come from clients partnering with investment advisors who have positioned their firms to provide accessible, one-on-one client advice, while directing the support of a range of high-level institutional specialists.