Investment Principles

Common questions we hear from clients include when and where to invest for retirement and/or their child’s education

Investing can be so intimidating that they simply put it off for another day.

Yet, time marches on. Children get older and go to college. Retirement draws closer with every birthday.

Saving and investing for retirement and other goals are crucial to the life/money balance we seek now and later in life.

Understand what you own (or are about to buy)

At Artisan Financial Planning we take the time necessary to educate each client about investing as well as market opportunities and risks. 

We believe that clients deserve to understand their investments.


You may have heard the phrase "don’t put all your eggs in one basket." Investment-wise this means to not hold all of one’s investments in a single stock, for example. 

Diversification is the practice of building a portfolio with a variety of investments that have different expected risks and returns.

In general, diversification is important because it can reduce risk and improve portfolio return.

Our portfolios include primarily no-load mutual funds and low-cost ETFs. We create models for clients that cover multiple asset classes including large, mid and small cap US equities, developed international and emerging markets, fixed income, and, as appropriate, may include specific sectors and/or alternate investments as well as a limited number of single stocks under certain circumstances.

Be in the stock market for the long-term

We do not recommend equities for short term investment or speculation. Our view is that stocks and stock mutual funds/ETFs as well as other risk assets are more appropriate for long-term time horizons. 

Develop a plan and stay the course

It is difficult to beat the market especially over the long run and even more so for individual investors. Individual investors all too often buy high and sell low when their emotions get the better of them. Artisan Financial Planning does not recommend market timing or day trading.

We believe that better investment results come from adopting an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) customized to each client’s personal goals, objectives and time horizon balanced with their risk tolerance and preference assessment. 

The key is to follow one’s IPS through market upswings and downturns just as institutions and foundations do. At Artisan Financial Planning we will work with you to develop an IPS customized to your individual circumstances. 

We will then help you stay the course over the long term. This remains especially important given the increase in market volatility since the Great Recession.

As your investment manager we will make adjustments periodically including:

  • Recognizing opportunities to “tilt” towards value or growth as appropriate
  • Increasing tilt toward specific sectors during certain market conditions
  • Increasing tilt toward particular asset categories
  • Replacing funds/ETFs as appropriate in order to achieve better alignment with goals
“The stock market is designed to transfer money from the active to the patient.” — Warren Buffett