Our Core Values
A Letter from our Managing Partner, Derrick Handwerk, on Who We Are
In 2004 I met with a financial planner to develop a wealth management plan for myself and my family. After 45 minutes the financial planner gave me a boilerplate plan. The 100+ page document was produced with very minimal data from me, and essentially only outlined how I should invest my money, and not well. All I really received was a cash flow projection with some Monte Carlo variable analysis thrown in. I wondered how many others like me had received just such a document.
From that experience, I realized the vast majority of people calling themselves financial planners are just stockbrokers and insurance salespeople. I was looking for an integrated plan to tie my taxes, estate plan, and investments together. It was at that time that I realized that unless I had at least $20 million in investable assets I would not find what I was looking for.
Through the course of earning my MBA and owning and running several companies I learned to approach problems in a holistic fashion, and when I looked at the financial industry I did not see this multidisciplinary approach to solving problems. Instead I saw salespeople with no significant background in financial projections, taxes, estate planning or settling long-term strategies. Worse yet, they did not understand the needs of an affluent family or a successful business owner. Even the large multi-family offices also wanted to concentrate on investing since that business is very scalable and thus profitable with each marginal dollar added.
It was at that time that I decided to retire from the corporate world and begin my financial services business. It took me two years of research to understand the industry and find a niche where I believe I could excel and deliver services on a win-win basis. I did not want to follow the big company model of averaging more than 250 clients per advisor. Rather, I wanted to concentrate on setting a strategy and working with client wealth on a much more personal and customized basis. I defined by client base as affluent families and decided I would not work with more than 40 families.
Since then it has been my experience that most people with less than $10 million in investable assets have never had the opportunity to work with a person who works in a customized, multi-dimensional fashion, who looks at all aspects of their wealth and who is primarily concerned with their well-being. Many affluent clients cannot even tell the difference in services provided by one financial professional versus the next. At Handwerk Multi Family Office we are working to change that, by providing holistic wealth management services for long-term financial success. If you are ready to start getting the full picture of your financial health, contact us today for a free consultation.
Investments in securities do not offer a fix rate of return. Principal, yield and/or share price will fluctuate with changes in market conditions and, when sold or redeemed, you may receive more or less than originally invested. No system or financial planning strategy can guarantee future results. Therefore, no current or prospective client should assume that future performance or any specific investment, investment strategy or product will be profitable.