IPA and its Team
Patrick Paxton opened the first IPA office in Cumming in 2005 with the vision of providing the residents of Northern Georgia a premier independent financial planning firm. Now, with 3 locations to serve you, our success is built from our emphasis on personalized attention, superior service and providing a comprehensive road-map to guide you through the years. We take the time to learn about your important lifetime goals and discuss all of the different components of your financial life. We explain how financial advisors are compensated and provide the pros and cons in language that you can understand. We want you to have the pertinent information so you can make the best decision for you and your family. Our desire is to work with our clients through the years in helping them achieve their financial goals.
We have been the Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Show since 2003. Please view the Dave Ramsey page for further information.
Value to You – Mission Statement
Our Mission is to partner with our clients on their lifelong financial journey, providing honest and objective advice. We dedicate ourselves to educate, guide and serve as our clients strive for financial success and peace of mind.
Our Clients Come First – Our core values are:
COMPASSION – Caring about the dreams and goals of those we serve.
INTEGRITY – Honesty, fairness and ethics are the foundation of our firm.
INDEPENDENCE – Using our years of experience to provide objective, unbiased advice – guided by faith.
COMMITMENT – We are dedicated to the success of our client’s financial journey.
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Financial Planning begins with addressing your values, beliefs, and life goals. We want to gain a deep understanding of who you are and what issues impact your life the most. This process helps ensure that your financial life is discussed within the context of your key life goals.
Too often, investors address financial goals like retirement planning, college planning, and estate planning as separate concerns. We believe that the financial issues we face today are often interconnected and must be managed as a group. Comprehensive financial planning requires you to think through the full range of financial challenges you and your family face, and develop optimal solutions that work in a coordinated manner.
The range of services and tools involved in crafting a comprehensive financial plan might include:
We believe that all of these components must work in sync with one another in order for you to accomplish your goals. We use our expertise in coordination with tax accountants and estate attorneys to ensure all areas of planning are appropriately covered.
What can you expect?
1. Discovery Meeting
2. Developing a strategy
3. Implementation Meeting
4. Regular Progress Monitoring
Why an independent financial planner.
Objective advice on achieving your financial goals may be best delivered by an independent financial advisor. Your independent financial advisor is not an employee of an investment or Insurance firm – they are an independent business owner. They have the freedom to structure their business in a manner that best serves their clients. Your independent financial advisor utilizes an independent broker-dealer who provides services that include processing investment business, marketing assistance, practice management, and education.
What is an independent broker-dealer?
There are many different types of firms for your financial advisor to consider in choosing a broker-dealer. You may be familiar with broker-dealers that are subsidiaries of conglomerates such as commercial banks, investment banks, and investment companies. An independent broker-dealer is different from such firms because they generally do not underwrite securities, they do not create research, and they do not engage in investment banking.
1Independent broker-dealers were created to accommodate financial advisors who carry securities licenses and need back-office support for services such as compliance and trade execution. These firms typically cater to more experienced advisors who generate high streams of revenue from a sophisticated client base.
Most advisors in this category don’t want to be required to sell proprietary products by their firm’s marketing department. Many independent broker-dealers offer a much more comprehensive array of products and services under their umbrella than discount or full-service firms. While most firms of any kind will offer mainstream products such as mutual funds, annuities, unit investment trusts, low and midlevel automated portfolio management and retirement accounts. Independent firms can often provide access to high-level money management platforms not available to the general public.
1Source: Independent Broker-Dealers: What You Should Know | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/articles/active-trading/082715/independent-brokerdealers-what-you-should-know.asp#ixzz4DjrBDA1I
For 13 years, Pat Paxton has been a Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro for the North Georgia area. In 2016, he added the Florida panhandle to service clients in that region. In order to be a SmartVestor Pro, you need to have the same philosophy as Dave. You have to have the heart of a teacher, treat every client as if they were your mom, and be honest and forthright. There is a very thorough screening process that a SmartVestor Pro has to pass to be in this program. See below for some of the most common questions we get surrounding the Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro program.
In order to be a SmartVestor Pro, you need to have the same philosophy as Dave. You have to have the heart of a teacher, treat every client as if they were your mom, be honest and forthright, and have the same investment mindset. There is a very thorough screening process that a SmartVestor Pro has to pass to be in this program.
What makes us different?
Why use a Financial Advisor within the Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro program?
How did Pat first become endorsed by Dave Ramsey?
Our Team and the Dave Ramsey Endorsement
Investment Planning Advisors is a Fee-Only financial planning firm. We strongly believe in the fiduciary standard and our fee options reflect that commitment. Over the past twenty years we have learned that each individual comes with different circumstances and objectives. We always review the options during our complimentary initial consultation and make sure your questions are answered. Unfortunately, we often find investors don’t understand how their financial planner is compensated and we believe that is unacceptable.
- Asset Based Fee Agreement– The Asset-Based fee is expressed as a percentage of the clients’ assets under management. We offer a simple and transparent, competitive fee based on your portfolio’s size. It is designed to be easy to understand and put your interests first—no hidden commissions. Since our revenue is based on your portfolio’s size, our incentive to perform well is directly aligned with our clients’ investment planning objectives. Our asset based agreements include our comprehensive financial planning services without the complexity of combining additional fees.
- Fixed Fee– A fixed or flat fee agreement is a good option for investors that want a comprehensive plan but may not necessarily want help with on-going portfolio management. The quoted flat fee will vary on a case by case basis and requires a thorough initial consultation. The investor benefits from a professionally crafted plan which can serve as the primary plan or as a reliable second opinion. This form of compensation can be structured as an on-going periodic fee or one-time flat fee.
- Hourly Financial Consulting– An hourly agreement is best for investors with a specific need or question. Typically, the investor is looking for guidance in one particular area or for a certain event in their financial life. Examples include help with stock options, 401(k) allocations, or insurance review. While we focus on comprehensive planning, we understand our second opinion can provide the confidence and clarity to make a decision. The rate quoted normally depends on the services desired and does vary by advisor.