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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Distinguishes StratFI from Other Advisors?

StratFI offers a unique combination of knowledge and accountability. As a fee-only advisor, we receive no commissions or outside compensation for our advice.  This eliminates conflicts of interest. We also pride ourselves in being able to build strategies and portfolios that reflect the perspectives and needs of our clients. Furthermore, we focus almost exclusively on investment management.

StratFI uses a forward-looking approach to investing. We identify trends and use a multi-disciplinary approach to identify investments that stand to benefit from those trends. We believe this enables us to seize opportunities and avoid risks better than many of our peers.

What is Your Investment Minimum?

We provide the most benefit to clients with at least $250,000 to invest. There is no investment minimum for our one-time portfolio consulting service.

What Do You Charge?

We charge annual advisory fees according to the following schedule: 1.00% for the first $2 million
; 0.75% for assets over $2 million.

StratFI provides hourly consulting services at the rate of $250 per hour; part or all of that fee may be waived or be applied toward investment management fees for those who become investment management clients within six months.

Who is Your Custodian?

Client assets are custodied with The Charles Schwab Corporation. Clients maintain full access to their accounts at all times. Clients also receive monthly statements and performance reporting, in addition to low-cost trades through Schwab.

What is Strategic Foresight?

The definition of Strategic Foresight is "the ability to create and maintain a high-quality, coherent and functional forward view, and to use the insights arising in useful organisational ways. For example, to detect adverse conditions, guide policy, shape strategy and to explore new markets, products and services."

Futurists study three different types of outcomes--probable, possible, and preferred. Jim Lee is an academically-trained futurist and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Should I Work with a Larger Firm?

As a boutique advisory firm, we at StratFI believe we provide better service for a number of reasons. We have a low client/advisor ratio, which translates into high levels of personal attention. We are also small enough that clients have direct access to their investment manager, and flexible enough to tailor our recommendations to meet each client's unique needs.

Finally, thanks to our ongoing investment in state-of-the-art technology and investment research, we believe we have the resources to go toe-to-toe with firms of any size.


How Do I Transfer Assets to StratFI from Another Advisor?

Just provide us with a copy of a current statement from that advisor. We’ll take care of setting up a new account and transferring your assets.