Financial Advisors Focused On You

We are independent, fiduciary financial advisors focused on helping you plan for a better retirement. 

 

 

Financial Advisors Focused on You

We are independent, fiduciary financial advisors focused on helping you plan for a better retirement. 

What We Do...

Financial Planning Services

We use a practical approach to help you understand the role money plays in your life and your future. We aim to show you what is possible and help guide you to a better future in the most objective way possible.
 

Here are some of the common questions the financial planning process tries to answer.

 1.  Am I saving enough to create the retirement I want?
2.  How can I use my resources to create a financially sound retirement, and not run out of money?
3.  What is the right way to save and invest for my future?
4.  Can I afford to retire?
 

Financial Planning Areas of Specialty

Retirement Planning
Social Security Income Planning
 Risk Profiling
College Funding
Cash Flow Analysis and Management 

 

Goal Focused Investment Management

Investing is a function of your overall plan. Your portfolio serves as a way to help you achieve your most important goals. We manage your account based on your goals and your tolerance for risk.

 

What To Expect

Ongoing management of your allocation and individual investments

Accounting and tracking of transactions and performance.

Coordination of income streams or ongoing investments.

Guidance through the stressful day to day noise of the financial markets.

Quarterly Performance Reports.

Online access to your accounts at TD Ameritrade.

Placing Your Interests First

As both a Registered Investment Advisory Firm and as a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional we are required to put our client’s interests ahead of our own.
 

We have taken steps to eliminate as many conflicts of interest in our business as possible.  There are no investment commissions. We do not receive any incentives to sell specific investment products. 

Our Fees

Part of putting your interests first starts with how our clients pay for the services we provide. Here is what you can expect.

 No investment commissions or sales incentives.

No charge for our initial conversation.

We are paid via:

A percentage of the investments we manage.
An hourly rate
Or a combination depending on the scope of our relationship.
 

Financial Planning:  $75/Hour

Our rate for financial planning services is $75/hour.  Often we will estimate the amount of time it takes for your project and quote you a flat fee.  

Asset Management Fees

(All Rates are annual, fees are calculated monthly, in arrears)
 First $150,000 – 1.2%
Next $100,000 – 1.0%
Next $250,000 – 0.8%
Thereafter – 0.6%
 
Please see our disclosure document for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Fiduciary is someone who puts the interests of others ahead of their own.  In the financial industry not everyone is required to act in a fiduciary capacity.  Brokerage firms and insurance companies operate with a best interests standards which might conflict with what is best for their clients. As a Registered Investment Advisory firm, Fleming Watson Financial Advisors is legally bound to place our clients’ interest first, and act in the capacity of a fiduciary.  Likewise as a Certified Financial Planner Professional, Neal Watson has committed to placing the interests of his clients ahead of his own.

In the financial services industry, you will find a variety of initials following the names of many advisors.  This alphabet soup represents a number of professional designations relating to financial planning, investing and insurance. CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can call themselves a CFP® professional. Neal earned his CFP® designation in 1999.

We believe in being completely transparent about the costs of doing business.  We clearly explain the fees charged for the services provided.  For investment management services, our fees are based on the assets in our client accounts.   But often times, our clients engage us to do only planning work which does not include managing a portfolio.  For those clients, we work with them on either an hourly basis or a flat fee basis.  (Our fee structure is explained in our disclosure document.) Fleming Watson does not receive any commissions for the sale or recommendation of investment products.  We do not receive any benefits or incentives to recommend certain products to our clients.

Absolutely.  Technology is awesome, and allows us to do 21st century stuff, like virtual meetings.  

We are happy to sit down with you and discuss your situation in general terms.  We encourage you to ask questions so you can get to know us.  There is no charge for this meeting.

Once you decide you want to do business with us, we will ask for a lot of information.  The more details you provide, the better we can help you plan for your future.  Here is a list of common items we request:

  • Statements from any investment accounts, including retirement plans, IRA’s or other accounts.
  • A copy of your tax return.
  • A basic budget.
  • A list of any debts or other obligations.
  • A basic budget
  • Basic demographic information for you and your family members (names, dates of birth, etc.)
  • Social Security earnings statements (Click here to obtain your earnings record)
  • Pension statements

There may be other things we request after we discuss your situation in greater detail.

Our office is located at 512 Third Street in beautiful historic Marietta.  We are in a residential section between Washington and Wooster Streets. Our office is not the most accessible place.  So we are happy to meet with you in your home or somewhere of your choosing. 

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Our Financial Advisors

Our financial advisors are a father and son team.  Jim began his career in 1986.  Neal joined him in 1996.  And Neal earned his Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 1999.   Learn more about our financial advisors.

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