The easiest path to financial freedom is through preparation. Yet, adequately preparing for your family’s future can be an arduous journey. Because most people do not have training, expertise, or experience in financial disciplines, this vital task can be intimidating and, therefore, ignored. Let us help you.
Geier Asset Management is a qualified and experienced financial advisor in Howard County that can guide you throughout your career and into retirement. With a staff equipped with numerous Certified Financial Planners™ and Certified Public Accountants, Geier can assist in a variety of financial planning areas, including but not limited to:
The complexity of these topics requires a comprehensive solution with a simple action plan, which Geier Asset Management can provide. Contact our trusted financial planners in Howard County, Maryland to get started.
Geier Asset Management is a fee-only advisor serving Howard County, Maryland. When it comes to investments, Geier Asset Management has formed a relationship with Fidelity Investments, one of the largest and widely respected providers of investment products. All of our investment offerings from Fidelity are obtained at minimal transaction costs to the client. There are no commissions involved. Any transaction costs are charged by the investment product fund company—Geier Asset Management does not receive any compensation from any transaction fees or commissions.
A small number of Howard County clients have requested that we provide insurance products that are only available with commission compensation. In these cases, Geier Asset Management does receive the normal commission, as the Geier representative is acting as an insurance agent. All commissions are disclosed to the client up front so that there is no conflict of interest involved. Because insurance is a small ancillary part of our revenue that is offered as part of our financial planning process, we have no incentive to “sell” insurance. It is available as a convenience for our clients.
Implementing a budget for yourself and your family is a difficult process for most. Sticking to it is even tougher. However, the first step in effectively managing your finances is the creation of a budget. Developing and maintaining a budget is crucial to your ability to save, which allows you to:
Managing and maximizing your personal cash flow is essential in obtaining your financial goals. Geier Asset Management prioritizes cash flow analysis—it is the first item we review. We work directly with you and your family to analyze your living expenses in relation to your current financial situation. A reasonable, itemized budget is then determined and implemented. Your cash flow statement, factoring in your income, tax liabilities, and budgeted expenses, will paint a picture for you, dictating a short-term course of action. Adhering to the budget will usually result in a surplus of cash, which will ultimately lead to the achievement of your financial goals and objectives.
The hope is that tragedy never strikes, but Geier Asset Management will help you be prepared in case it does. To help your family avoid a catastrophic hit to your finances, we are able to service our clients’ insurance needs, including
We want to make sure that if misfortune occurs, you and your family are protected. Therefore, part of our financial planning process involves analyzing your situation to determine the need, if any, for insurance. Once we determine which types of insurance are necessary and affordable, we work with trusted providers to issue the appropriate coverage. Consistent insurance planning is conducted to maintain adequate coverage as your financial situation continues to evolve.
The most common financial planning request from individuals is centered on their ability to retire. Whether it is defining the specific age at which they can retire, calculating the total amount of assets needed before they can stop working, or determining their budgeted level of spending during retirement, people know that planning for the next chapter of their financial life is critical.
Geier Asset Management focuses on helping our Howard County area clients make smart decisions throughout their lives so they have some flexibility as they approach retirement. Long-term cash flow projections are built to illustrate the impact that regular contributions to savings, monitoring of spending, and wise investing will ultimately have on their ability to retire and the lifestyle they will be able to afford.
We help our clients understand the impact of inflation and taxes on their long term goals. Many retirees have complicated pension benefits. We will assist you in understanding the benefits and selecting the best payout option for you and your family.
Lastly, a thorough understanding of Social Security and Medicare benefits has been valuable for our elderly clients. We’ll help you conquer the fear of outliving your retirement income. Our registered investment advisors will be there to guide you throughout your career so you are able to retire comfortably when you choose.
Planning for death is often a topic of conversation most people prefer to avoid. However, it is essential in ensuring your assets are protected, your loved ones are cared for, and your wishes are granted. The completion of certain basic estate planning documents will provide protection and guidance for your survivors while limiting federal and state estate tax liabilities that may arise from an estate exceeding the exemption levels.
From living wills, to medical power of attorneys, to revocable trusts, Geier Asset Management will coordinate your family’s estate planning efforts with the assistance of trusted estate attorneys nationwide.
As assets accumulate, you are granted the luxury of giving back. We encourage philanthropy and our clients have embraced the idea of charitable giving. Creating and maintaining a charitable endeavor can be complex. Different donation options, including donor advised funds and private foundations, have different benefits, all which should be considered prior to implementation. Other strategies such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and pooled income funds are often utilized in estate planning efforts. Donors receive the benefit of supporting a charity while removing assets from their estate that may be subject to tax. The charitable giving space is complicated but is both a satisfying mission and an effective tax planning strategy.
Geier Asset Management has the ability to help you understand your options and assist with your giving plans, whether for a local Howard County organization or a nationwide cause.
With the cost of college education rapidly increasing, planning for college has become a priority for most parents. We encourage our clients to begin funding and regularly contributing as soon as their children are born. Through the use of Section 529 College Savings Plans, Prepaid College Trusts, and UTMAs, our clients are able to incrementally save for their children’s college education while benefiting from multiple tax efficiencies that these programs and accounts offer.
We typically will tie college funding into the budget and cash flow analysis. If the cash flow indicates a surplus of cash, we will set up contribution programs that will automatically fund college accounts. We prioritize this expense and want to ensure it’s accounted for. We can even help grandparents and other family members design and contribute to education funding where desired.
We have been planning for our clients’ futures for the past 15 years. Whether you are beginning your career, building a family, or approaching retirement, we have the knowledge and experience to lead you in the right direction. If you are struggling to stay on budget, want to establish a college fund, or are just eager to retire, our financial planning team can help.
Making wise financial decisions now will result in a better life for your family in the future. We have the experience, training, and ability to listen to your needs, devise a successful plan, and coach you to your goals. Let us help manage your wealth effectively, so your future is clear and your financial dreams are attainable. We are conveniently located in the Howard County area.