Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions, we have answers.
We offer comprehensive financial planning, led by our licensed Financial Advisors, with your goals and happiness as the focus. Your money is managed by our investment team. Cumulatively, we offer comprehensive services to achieve lifelong wealth with everything under one roof. Our services include financial planning, retirement planning, college planning, investment planning, tax planning*, estate planning*, protection planning, legacy planning, charity planning, social security planning, business planning, employee benefits, executive equity compensation, and mortgage & home equity analysis.
*Diversified does not provide tax or legal advice.
We have physical offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Wayne, Pennsylvania. However, we have clients all over the United States. We’re well adept at meeting virtually and are ready to provide you with white-glove service, no matter where you’re located.
We work with a wide range of clients. From busy professionals planning to protect their families, executives at the height of their careers, couples planning for their golden years, widows or widowers adjusting to their new normal, and anything in between.
Our average client has at least $500,000 in assets to invest, and is between 40-70 years old.
Contact us to see if we’re the right fit for you.
At Diversified, we go beyond financial planning to help you identify your goals, and what makes you happy. Your happiness is central to everything that we do.
Learn more about what sets us apart from other financial firms by reading our core values and our mission statement on our why page.
Sure! Just like you could do your own landscaping, or change your own oil. But sometimes, it’s easier to let someone else handle it for you – especially if you’re a busy person, or if you have a complicated financial situation.
We have expertise in financial planning and investment, and we’re here to help you not only plan your finances, but to identify what makes you happy, and to build your goals and your life around that happiness. We’ve received training from psychologists and coaches so that we can assist our clients in this task, so that is something you won’t find from a DIY app or website.
Diversified is a Registered Investment Advisor. As such, we have a fiduciary duty to our clients, so you can be certain that we always put your best interest first. We also must disclose any conflict of interest. We are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state regulatory agencies.
Fiduciary simply means that an individual or organization must act in your best interests. Diversified is a Registered Investment Advisor, and we are required to act as fiduciaries. What this means in simple terms that is that we always put your interests first – we don’t recommend a plan or a product expecting a commission or kick-back because that isn’t in your best interest. We are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest to uphold our fiduciary standard.
We operate our business with transparency in all that we do, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because we genuinely care. We want you to know that you’re in good hands with us, and that we’re here to serve you.
The acronyms behind our advisor’s names are designations of their licensure and certifications.
CFP means Certified Financial Planner, and to earn this certification one must complete education in 72 areas of financial expertise with thousands of hours of experience, including educational, ethical, examination and experience requirements. Learn more at the CFP Board.
CEP stands for Certified Estate Planner, and is from the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners.
AIF means Accredited Investment Fiduciary, and this designation comes from Center for Fiduciary Studies based upon experience, education and successful examination.
If you’re curious about any of the designations that you see by a name within our organization, they’re all listed with FINRA.
With a traditional Financial Advisor, the advisor typically makes the financial plan, does the investments, and completes all of the back-office tasks. At Diversified, we have a dedicated team for each part of our business, so our Financial Advisors can focus on their financial planning. The investment planning takes place within our Investment Committee, headed by our Chief Investment Officer, Mike Horwath.
Mike writes weekly market commentary to keep you up-to-date with market changes. This commentary is sent via email weekly and is available on our blog and social media. Mike also creates monthly and quarterly videos to update you on market changes, inform you on how we structure investments, and to keep you informed regarding investment changes.