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Tysons, VA

Address
1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1575, Tysons, VA 22102
Fax
(703) 738-2259
Hours of Operation
Today - 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tysons Corner
Tysons
Located in the heart of the National Capital Area, SEIA Tysons serves a diverse clientele of affluent individuals and corporations. Our team is actively involved with both professional and community-focused organizations such as the National Capital Area Financial Planning Association, the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum, Insight Memory Care Center, and George Mason University School of Business Advisory Board.
We are proud to support several local organizations through our annual charitable giving campaign such as DC Central Kitchen, The Fisher House at Fort Belvoir, and Second Story. Our three wealth management practices are comprised of professional teams of complimentary professionals in portfolio management, financial planning, and retirement consulting.
Features
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom
Amenities
  • Restroom
Planning
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Service options
  • Online appointments
  • Onsite Services
  • Covid-19: Check our service and safety guidelines
    As we continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of SEIA employees and clients are of the highest importance. We have instituted the following policies for all SEIA offices and continue to rely on guidance from state and local authorities and the CDC to navigate the ongoing pandemic.
    Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
    • Stay home if you are sick with a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever or chills or if you are currently under quarantine or isolation.
    • Stay 6 feet away from other customers and staff as much as possible.
    • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth while you are here.
    • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after contact with frequently touched surfaces.
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Tysons, VA TEAM
John P. Keenan
CFP®, AIF®, C(k)P®
Senior Partner
John P. Keenan

John P. Keenan

CFP®, AIF®, C(k)P®
Senior Partner
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John P. Keenan, CFP®, AIF®, C(k)P® is a Partner at SEIA. John Keenan brings a high level of knowledge and 18 years of expertise to his government contractor clients. John specializes in 401(k) plans, deferred compensation plans, executive benefits, investment management, as well as retirement and estate planning for government contractor owners/executives. He works with plan sponsor clients to enhance the participant outcome by delivering a custom, census driven retirement analysis, along with automated plan solutions and sophisticated investment selection. By working together with John, plan sponsors and plan participants have the ability to make great strides toward a better retirement.

John's commitment to the government contractor marketplace is demonstrated by his industry involvement. He was recently appointed to the GovConNet Council at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member at the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and participates on the Legislative & Regulatory Committee. He also co-hosts regular educational events with government contractor practice groups at local accounting, legal and M&A firms. Additionally, John is a sought after speaker with organizations that foster corporate growth. John has served the Board of SHAH, the organization to preserve the Lee Mansion in Arlington Cemetery, and is also involved with SOAR!, a Catholic organization serving aging sisters, brothers and priests. John lives in Bethesda with his wife and two sons.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a proud supporter of his alma mater, Georgetown Prep.
Thomas C. West
CLU®, ChFC®, AIF®
Senior Partner
Thomas C. West

Thomas C. West

CLU®, ChFC®, AIF®
Senior Partner
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Thomas C. West, CLU®, ChFC®, AIF® is a Senior Partner in SEIA's Virginia office. Tom has a robust wealth management practice that emphasizes cash flow in all stages of retirement with an emphasis on planning and asset management for families facing the challenge of health-related dependency due to disability, illness, or death. Tom also has significant experience in issues related to suitable and ethical financial strategies pertaining to incapacitated seniors.

Tom has been in the investment management and insurance business for over 25 years and was honored as a 2017 Signator/John Hancock Hall of Fame inductee*. Tom has been interviewed by periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investment News, and New York Times which profiled his practice in 2013. He has also been published multiple times in peer-reviewed professional journals on best wealth management practices involving seniors facing health-related dependency. Tom is the creator of Lifecare Affordability Plan® a proprietary healthcare and financial planning offering from SEIA. Tom regularly educates financial professionals, attorneys, tax professionals, and geriatric care managers on the most appropriate financial planning techniques for families facing long-term care decisions.

Tom's community service in aging services has stretched for decades as well. Tom currently serves on the board of the Jewish Council for the Aging and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Goodwin House Inc. He previously served in leadership positions on the boards of Insight Memory Care Center and the National Capital Alzheimer's Association. Tom lives in Falls Church, Virginia, along with his spouse.

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1992. Additionally, in 1994, he received both a Master of Business Administration, Finance, and Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom earned a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) certification from The American College in 2000. He has been a Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) since 2002. In 2011, Tom earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. He is also a licensed insurance agent (VA Ins. License #575925).

*The Hall of Fame was an elite group of financial representatives of former broker-dealer Signator Investors, Inc. and the John Hancock family of companies. To be included in the HOF, inductees need to qualify for the Achieving Client Excellence award 15 times. The ACE award is granted to the top 250 advisors each year based on total weighted premium from the sale of both proprietary and non-proprietary protection and wealth products. No other factors are considered. Third-party rankings and recognitions are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client's evaluation.
David L. Johnson
CFP® , AIF®
Partner
David L. Johnson

David L. Johnson

CFP® , AIF®
Partner
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David Johnson, CFP® , AIF® , is a Partner at SEIA. He has over 25 years of experience in investment management and estate planning with a focus on advising corporate executives, business owners, multigenerational families and trustees.

David’s expertise in Asset Management, Retirement Distribution Methods and Estate Protection Strategies makes him a sought-after guest speaker at industry conferences, government agency and public service organization events. Recent interviews include CNBC, Investment News and RIA Channel.

David proudly achieved his Eagle Scout Award and continues to demonstrate those values of service and leadership through involvement with various charities supporting youth and education. His newest passion is serving as a founding member of the George Mason University Financial Planning and Wealth Management advisory board where he was also recognized in 2020 as a Prominent Patriot.

A native of Northern Virginia, David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from George Mason University. Subsequently, he completed the George Washington University Financial Planning program and became certified by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in 2001.

He resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and son. Additionally, he loves the outdoors and enjoys international travel, high-altitude mountain climbing and running.
Harry Schiavone
Financial Advisor
Harry Schiavone

Harry Schiavone


Financial Advisor
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Harry Schiavone, Jr. is a Financial Advisor at SEIA. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years and has managed investments through many market corrections and fluctuations. Harry's emphasis is on helping clients maintain cash flow in all stages of their retirement through planning and management of their assets.

He is a third generation native Washingtonian and lives in Reston, VA with his wife and two daughters. Harry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia. Additionally, he holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 Professional Securities licenses as well as Life, Health, and Variable Insurance licenses. (VA Insurance License #582970)

Arvette Reid
Client Services Director
Arvette Reid

Arvette Reid


Client Services Director
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Arvette M. Reid is the Client Services Director in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Lifecare Affordability Plan® service. She joined the practice after working 15 years as a marketing professional in the senior housing and healthcare industry where her tenure spanned a range of independent living, assisted living, nursing care, dementia, and hospice care. Her ability to bring the financial and healthcare worlds together truly makes a powerful impact on how families who are going through trying times are holistically served.

Arvette's deep commitment to civic engagement and local issues was established as a youth while visiting residents at Goodwin House in her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. Arvette currently serves on the boards of the Insight Memory Care Center and Senior Services of Alexandria, and is an active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Arvette lives with her spouse, son, and daughter in Burke, Virginia.

Arvette earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1992. In addition, she holds a Series 65 securities license since 2020.
Ashley Utterback
Office Manager
Joe Dawkins
CFP®, AIF®
Advisor
Kyle Smith
CFP®
Advisor
Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

CFP®
Advisor
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Kyle C. Smith, CFP® , is an Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office. Kyle began his career in financial advising in 2006 and has been working directly with David and his clients since 2008. As an Advisor, Kyle's mission is to provide clients with a diverse range of solutions while focusing on the specific concerns and circumstances of each individual client.

A native of Montgomery County, Maryland, Kyle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Towson University. In addition, Kyle earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2013 after completing the professional education program through the College of Financial Planning. Kyle holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 professional securities licenses and life & health insurance licenses (VA Insurance License# 536072).

Outside of work, Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working on cars, playing sports, and cheering on the Capitals, Orioles, and Commanders. He resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, son, and daughter.

Glenn McGregor
CFP®, AIF®
Advisor
Glenn McGregor

Glenn McGregor

CFP®, AIF®
Advisor
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Glenn McGregor, CFP®, AIF® is an Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. Glenn is dedicated to engaging in a comprehensive financial planning process to help clients grow, retain and distribute their wealth according to their goals.

Glenn has over 15 years of experience in financial planning and investment management. Before joining SEIA, Glenn was a Senior Wealth Manager at USAA where he managed the client relationships of the organization's DC area executives, board members, and high-profile members. Glenn lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and two daughters. Outside of work, Glenn enjoys football, soccer, travel, and the Boston Red Sox

Glenn graduated from The George Washington University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Archaeology. Glenn earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2009, after completing the professional education program through the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He holds the Series 7, Series 66, and Life & Health Insurance licenses (VA Ins. License #570814). Glenn earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary®(AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.
Robert Papa
CFP®, RICP®, AIF®
Advisor
Robert Papa

Robert Papa

CFP®, RICP®, AIF®
Advisor
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Robert Papa, CFP®, RICP®, AIF® is an Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. He has extensive experience in cash flow management, retirement planning, budgeting, and sophisticated portfolio analysis. Robert works with clients to develop investment strategies and financial plans that are truly tailored to their specific needs.

Robert is passionate about developing long-term client relationships and directing his clients to solid, strategic, financial, and investment options, enabling them to meet their current and future goals. He believes that financial guidance starts by getting a complete understanding of a client's situation now and planning for their ideal future. But just as importantly, Robert explains what to expect in the future and how best to prepare and cope when it happens. He takes pride in having real conversations about future possible outcomes for his clients and their families.

Robert has worked in the investment and financial planning industry for over 25 years, including 11 years with Charles Schwab as a Vice President, Financial Consultant. Robert currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland along with his wife, son, and energetic dog. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and cheering on all the DC-area sports teams.

Robert received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 1995. In addition to having his Series 7, Series 63, Series 65, and Life & Health Insurance licenses, he earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2014, after completing the certification education program at The American College of Financial Services®. In 2019, Robert earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF&®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility, and has been a Retirement Income Certified Professional®(RICP®) since 2016. He is also a licensed insurance agent (MD Ins. License #168802).
Andrew Rome
CDFA®
Advisor
Andrew Rome

Andrew Rome

CDFA®
Advisor
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Raised among family members who worked in financial services, Andrew learned from an early age what the impact of proper financial management can do to help achieve one's goals. He acts on this passion, assisting families, businesses and nonprofits every day.

Andrew combined his financial advising practice with David Johnson's in January 2006 and their combined skills and experiences help to deliver client satisfaction with individualized, focused and creative solutions. Clients appreciate their experience in evaluating various components of wealth management including insurance, investments, cash flow analysis, retirement and multi-generational planning.

After a customized financial strategy is put into place, Andrew and David stay connected with their clients through quarterly reviews, ad hoc phone calls and meetings. Additionally, they work with their clients' other professional consultants (CPAs, attorneys, etc.....) to ensure everyone is working in accord with one main objective—to help clients achieve their goals.

During his free time, Andrew enjoys running marathons, traveling, and enhancing his culinary skills (albeit at a slow pace). Additionally, Andrew gives back to his community by serving as a board member of Child Centered Solutions as well as gives pro bono seminars and assistance with financial literacy organizations including the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). He currently resides in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, Ore., where he is helping to start the Goose Hollow Business Alliance.

Andrew graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where he was awarded honors and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions. He also obtained a coveted White House Internship within the National Economic Council. Andrew holds the FINRA Series 66 and 7 professional securities licenses, as well as life, health, long term care and variable insurance licenses.
Eric Hirsch
CFP®
Advisor
Eric Hirsch

Eric Hirsch

CFP®
Advisor
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Eric Hirsch, CFP®, is an Advisor in SEIA's Washington, DC metro area office. He provides holistic wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals, organizations, and companies with an emphasis in investment management, retirement planning, and estate planning strategies.

Eric has over 17 years of experience in financial planning and investment management. Before joining SEIA, Eric was a Vice President in the Asset Management division at Goldman Sachs. He currently resides in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and three children.

Eric received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, Economics & Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He remains active in the  Booth community as a Booth Ambassador for the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and holds his Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses.

Gabriella Cajina
CFP®
Associate Advisor
Gabriella Cajina

Gabriella Cajina

CFP®
Associate Advisor
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Gabriella Cajina, CFP® is an Associate Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. Gabriella has been with the firm since 2016 and takes pride in helping clients make progress towards their financial goals. Her role entails developing financial plans, guiding clients through the planning process, and answering clients' questions on their financial needs.

Gabriella is a Northern Virginia native and currently resides in Fairfax, VA. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the outdoors with her dog.

Gabriella received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University in 2016. She earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2020, after completing the certification education program through the College for Financial Planning® . Gabriella holds Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses, as well as the Health, Life and Annuities License (VA Ins. License #1057735).
Levene LeBlanc
Associate Advisor
Levene LeBlanc

Levene LeBlanc


Associate Advisor
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Levene LeBlanc is an Associate Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. She assists with financial planning, client experience, and portfolio management.

Previously, Levene worked at Morgan Stanley as an associate financial advisor and at Stone Street Capital as an account executive. Her volunteer experiences include teaching English, grant writing, and educational outreach at the Bradley Free Clinic and the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC. Levene lives in Maryland.

Levene received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hollins University in 2017. Levene holds securities licenses 7 and 66. She is currently studying for her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification after completing the certification education program at The American College of Financial Services®. Levene is also working toward her Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360.
Christine Sol
Investment Strategist
Christine Sol

Christine Sol


Investment Strategist
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Christine Sol is an Investment Strategist in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. Christine is dedicated to portfolio management and investment strategies for clients, including non-discretionary accounts, fixed income (public/private credit, munis), and alternative strategies.

Prior to joining SEIA in 2019, Christine worked in investment management for 14 years at companies such as Wilshire Associates, Rayliant Global Advisors Ltd, Chaikin Analytics, Research Affiliates LLC, and Western Asset Management Company. Christine lives in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks Korean fluently and knows intermediate German. Outside of work, Christine is an active volunteer for the Kappa Delta Foundation which funds scholarships and leadership development for women.

Christine graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Christine is a Chartered Financial Analyst Level 3 Candidate and Financial Risk Manager Level 2 Candidate. She holds a Series 7 securities license.

Kathleen Persak
Registered Associate
Kathleen Persak

Kathleen Persak


Registered Associate
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Zander Cochran
Registered Associate
Zander Cochran

Zander Cochran


Registered Associate
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Rivers Rodriguez
Client Service Manager
Rivers Rodriguez

Rivers Rodriguez


Client Service Manager
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Jill Eisemann
Client Service Manager
Jill Eisemann

Jill Eisemann


Client Service Manager
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Vannara Murphy
Client Service Specialist
Vannara Murphy

Vannara Murphy


Client Service Specialist
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Ruderis Fuentes
Client Service Administrator
Ruderis Fuentes

Ruderis Fuentes


Client Service Administrator
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Ruderis (Rudy) Fuentes is a Client Service Administrator in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. He assists clients with service requests, account paperwork, and scheduling.

Previously, Rudy worked at T. Rowe Price as a Workplace Retirement Associate, assisting plan participants with their 401(k) and 457 plans. He lives in Maryland with his family and enjoys snowboarding and playing soccer.

Rudy received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, and holds a FINRA Series 7 Professional Securities license.

Jennifer Late
Digital Marketing Strategist
Jennifer Late

Jennifer Late


Digital Marketing Strategist
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Jennifer Late is the Digital Marketing Strategist in SEIA’s Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice’s Lifecare Affordability Plan® (LCAP™) service. Jennifer blends digital marketing, online outreach, creative writing, image curation, and database mining to identify trends and derive solutions that positively impact LCAP.

Jennifer is a marketing and communications professional with over 20 years of experience working for mission-driven organizations. Previously she worked in international education, market research, and business development at universities, non-profits, and associations. Jennifer lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her children.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Communications from The George Washington University in 1994. She completed her Masters in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in 1999.
Jill Fletcher
CFP®,  AIF®
Associate Advisor
Jill Fletcher

Jill Fletcher

CFP®,  AIF®
Associate Advisor
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Jill Fletcher, CFP® , AIF® is a Associate Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. Jill is dedicated to financial planning engagement, retirement planning, model creation, trading, and rebalancing.

Previously, Jill had 7 years of experience working at Clearbrook Advisory Services where she was responsible for client financial plans and investment management. Prior to Clearbrook she worked as a patient financial services representative at UNC Health Care and interned at Wells Fargo Advisors during college. Jill lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. Outside of work, Jill enjoys tennis, hiking, camping with family, and traveling.

Jill graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. Jill earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP® ) certification in 2014, after completing the professional education program through the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc at North Carolina State University. Jill earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF® ) professional designation in 2014 from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. She holds the Life & Fixed Annuities, Accident and Health Insurance licenses (VA Insurance License #1023938).

Services
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How is SEIA different?
    Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC (SEIA) is a Registered Investment Advisory firm offering Investment Management and Financial Planning Services tailored to the unique needs of affluent individuals, institutions, and corporations. We provide an advisory partnership focused on helping achieve long-term financial goals and objectives.

    Given that we are held to a fiduciary standard, we keep your best interests always at heart. Our team of experienced professionals address your unique goals and objectives with a customized investment, estate, or financial plan. Our commitment to successful wealth management is built upon deeply-rooted and meaningful client relationships.
  • What is SEIA’s approach to investment management?
    SEIA’s six-step asset management process helps ensure that your financial goals and objectives are met:
    1. Determine investor needs
    2. Assess risk tolerance
    3. Review asset allocation
    4. Implement strategic plan
    5. Rebalance and monitor portfolio
    6. Comprehensively report

    Strategic Macro Allocation
    After calculating the range of probabilities for a specific risk tolerance, SEIA can determine which combination of assets might provide your best risk-adjusted return. Results are then analyzed to create an “Efficient Frontier” curve that highlights the appropriate mix of assets at a given level of risk. Strategic Macro Allocation provides guidelines to “buying low and selling high”* through rebalancing portfolio assets that have gone up in value against assets that have either retraced or stagnated, helping bring the portfolio back to the optimal allocation.

    Tactical Micro Allocation
    By employing Strategic Macro Allocation and Tactical Micro Allocation strategies, SEIA can potentially capture additional value by managing allocation shifts within a business cycle. These strategies also help prudent investors take advantage of shorter-term tactical trends that may favor various asset classes, sectors and industries.
     
    *Investing involves risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. They are methods used to help manage investment risk. Rebalancing can entail transaction costs and tax consequences that should be considered when determining a rebalancing strategy.
  • What can I expect as a client of SEIA?
    SEIA combines its foundation in investment management and financial planning with advanced advisory services to create a truly customized client experience. Our holistic wealth management process includes the oversight and stewardship of all elements of your financial life. Along with our commitment to navigate the potential growth of your wealth, we help protect and preserve your estate by managing risk, developing efficient tax strategies, and planning for the distribution of your legacy.
  • What is a fiduciary financial advisor?
    A fiduciary must put your best interest above their own. A financial advisor who is a fiduciary has an ethical duty to recommend the best investments for you. Fiduciaries have a bond of trust with clients and must avoid conflicts of interest. If your financial advisor does not have a fiduciary duty to you, they may be able to recommend investments or products that pay them a bigger commission over ones that would be the best fit for you, which could cost you more.
  • Why do I need a financial advisor?
    Financial advisors are professionals who advise their clients on decisions related to wealth management and personal finance. This can include assessing your current financial situation and goals, developing a comprehensive plan that addresses your major areas of concern, providing ongoing advice as unexpected financial issues arise, setting up investment accounts and investing funds for you, and much more.

    Financial decisions can often be time consuming, overwhelming, and emotionally taxing. Having an unbiased financial advisor to assist with these decisions can be extremely valuable.
  • What is non-discretionary investment management?
    Signature Elite is a non-discretionary custom investment management platform designed for the high net worth individual. We incorporate a holistic investment management process collaborating with your tax, legal and other professionals to help meet your overall wealth management needs. The combination of Strategic Macro and Tactical Micro Allocation strategies with a third Dynamic Allocation Strategy creates your personalized Core-Satellite Portfolio.

    Special Situations
    • Diversification around Concentrated Positions
    • Tax-Loss Harvesting Opportunities
    • Strategically Unwind Concentrated Positions
    • Consideration of Legacy Assets
    Portfolio Customization
    • Individual Stocks and Bonds
    • Illiquid and Liquid Alternative Investments
    • Access to Institutional Class Investments
    • Laddered and Barbell Bond Strategies
     
    Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. They are methods used to help manage investment risk.
  • What is the Private Client Group (PCG)?
    Our private client group is tailored to the needs of affluent clients who entrust SEIA with managing over $5 million of assets. As part of the SEIA Private Client Group, clients have special access to customized financial solutions, services, and events.
  • What is the Signature Allocation Series (SAS)?
    Signature Allocation Series (SAS) is a discretionary model platform engineered for various time-horizons and objectives to meet a client’s personalized investment needs. Using an open-architecture platform, these models incorporate multiple asset classes, investment styles, and investment vehicles.

    The investment strategy employs both Strategic Macro Allocation and Tactical Micro Allocation capturing opportunities within the business cycles.

    The portfolio is professionally monitored on a continuous basis. SEIA will automatically rebalance/reallocate investments in accordance with the Investment Policy Statement.
     
    Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. They are methods used to help manage investment risk. Rebalancing can entail transaction costs and tax consequences that should be considered when determining a rebalancing strategy.
  • What is the Signature Fund For Giving (SFFG)?
    Philanthropy is a long-standing pillar for the employees of SEIA. In our mutual recognition of the importance of giving back, we came together as a firm to pool our resources in support of children’s causes. The SEIA Signature Fund for Giving helps support local youth who represent tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.
  • Does SEIA offer socially responsible investment strategies?
    SEIA understands that sound investment advice and allocating investments based on one’s values are not mutually exclusive. Together, values-based investing can achieve both goals. Investors can ‘do good’ with impactful investments to promote sustainable conditions achievable through three main tenets—the Environment, the Society, and Corporate Governance (ESG). Your values can dictate your portfolio, and SEIA can help guide you through the process.
  • What are the key types of investments?
    There are many types of investments, but some of the most popular are:
    • Stocks: an investment in a specific company
    • Bonds: a loan to a company or government
    • Mutual funds: a pool of money from many investors that employ a professional manager to invest across a large number of investments all at once
    • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs): Similar to a mutual fund in that it’s a pool of money from many investors that invests across a large number of investments all at once, but trades on an exchange and can be purchased or sold throughout the day
  • What are the key components of financial planning?
    There are many elements of a financial plan:
    • Financial goals: What you want to accomplish in the short, medium, and long-term
    • Net worth statement: An itemized list of your assets and your debts
    • Budget and cash flow planning: An assessment of where your money is going over the course of time
    • Retirement plan: Understanding your retirement goals and assessing your readiness to retire
    • Emergency funds: Making sure you set aside enough cash to cover essential living expenses in the event of the unexpected
    • Insurance coverage: Important to protect in the event of an unexpected event. This can include health, disability, auto, homeowners, renters, and life insurance
    • Estate plan: This can include a will, trust, healthcare power of attorney, and financial power of attorney
  • What are the key steps in risk management?
    Here are five distinct methods, or strategies of dealing with risk:

    1. Risk avoidance: Avoid those high risk activities in your life that, should they happen, would be catastrophic to your personal financial plan. Examples of these activities would be speeding, dangerous sports, smoking, etc.

    2. Risk retention: To personally assume the risk, in essence self-insuring. In this case the risk must not impose a substantial financial or non-financial threat to you. For example, “I do not insure my life because I have no debts or obligations,” or “I forego long-term care insurance because I believe I have enough in financial assets and cash flow to pay out-of-pocket for this type of medical care.”

    3. Risk reduction: There are two sub strategies to this method: Loss Prevention and Control, for example: use of fire and burglar alarms, air bags, and smoking and weight control programs. Risk reduction can also involve minimizing risk by using an insurance company that uses the law of large numbers to maintain their solvency.

    4. Risk sharing: In this strategy one assumes a limited degree of manageable risk and transfers the balance of the risk to one or more organizations. For example, I choose a high deductible health plan that would require me to pay the first $5,000 of any major health bills, but would then pick up 100% of the cost after that. This risk sharing agreement allows me to cut my monthly insurance premiums by 40%. I can cover the $5,000 in risk and hope that over the long run my reduction in premiums justifies the risk of having to pay $5,000 out-of-pocket.

    5. Risk transfer: I transfer risk completely to a third party in consideration of an insurance premium. Life, disability, and liability risks are often dealt with in this way.
  • What’s the difference between a will and estate plan?
    Along with a trust, healthcare power of attorney, and financial power of attorney, a will is an important part of an estate plan. A will outlines your wishes for the assets you own at your passing. It allows you to name the people you’d like to leave something to upon your death. In most states, without a will, your assets will follow a process called probate, in which the state determines how your assets are distributed based on state law. A will allows your assets to skip the probate process and be distributed as you wish.
  • How do you get paid?
    SEIA’s payment incentives are aligned with the success of our clients: We are paid a percentage of assets under management, meaning that the better your investment returns are, the larger your portfolio becomes – and thus our compensation increases accordingly. If, on the other hand, the market suffers, or your account declines in value, our compensation decreases in tandem, too. Our incentives are always aligned with yours. Helping you succeed is always in our best interest, too.
  • What are your qualifications?
    SEIA employs over 140 people who not only advise clients and manage portfolios, but also those who provide essential functions in compliance, trading, operations, marketing, and administrative support, as well as the multitude of other roles that are necessary to provide a full array of services to our clients.
    Within that universe of employees, though, are people who have significant experience, expertise, and education to help enable our clients to succeed. SEIA employees offer the following qualifications:
    Current SEIA employee qualifications (number of employees holding each credential):
    • Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) – 11
    • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) – 39
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – 9
    • Master of Science (MS) – 4
    • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) – 27
    • Chartered Mutual Fund CounselorSM (CMFC®) – 13
    These designations often may involve years of extensive studying and classwork, require passing rigorous exams and may be accompanied by requirements to have demonstrated work experience. And some of our employees may have more than one of these designations. And that is in addition to years of experience in their roles of advising clients or managing portfolios.

    For details on the professional designations displayed herein, including descriptions, minimum requirements, and ongoing education requirements, please visit seia.com/disclosures
  • What investment benchmarks do you use?
    Reflecting the diverse array of our clients’ investment objectives, goals, and other parameters, our portfolios are often highly customized to each client. As such, we don’t try to measure performance against a single benchmark that may not fit how your portfolio is invested. Instead, there are many different indices that cover various segments of the market, including those that are broad or narrow, focus on just the U.S. or are global in scope, include mostly conservative or riskier instruments, etc.
    Since your portfolio may be a composite of different styles and strategies, our benchmark index for your portfolio would reflect the type of securities in which you are invested. The question any benchmark decision must answer is, would you have been better off investing in that index? If the index in question holds securities you wouldn’t own, it isn’t the right benchmark to use for your portfolio.
    However, for discretionary accounts, we use a blended benchmark consisting of the Russell 3000 and MSCI ACWI ex-US for equity accounts, and the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond and the Bloomberg Barclays High Yield for fixed income accounts.

    Indices cannot be invested in directly, are not managed, and do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses.
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