Sep 12, 2023
In Episode #09 of NAPFA Nation, Mark Berg, Founding Principal of Timothy Financial Counsel, Inc., talks with podcast host Marie Swift about a new type of firm and a new potential audience for financial advice that is awaiting the financial planning profession. Berg, the Founding Principal of Timothy Financial Counsel, Inc., has proven how this business model can work for both financial advisors and clients – and says that it’s only a matter of time before we see much faster adoption.
Berg shares key concepts from his book, A Matter of Time: Principles, Myths and Methods for the Hourly Financial Advisor, co-authored with Matthew Jackson, CFA®, including how financial advisors can:
Key points: Berg explains why he chose the hourly model for his firm after receiving calls from clients who didn’t fit the traditional models. He discusses the myths surrounding hourly financial planning and how his firm serves clients at different complexity levels. Berg shares the challenges he faced in building trust and convincing clients about his commitment to the hourly model. The firm has grown from Berg, as a sole practitioner, to a larger firm with multiple advisors. Understanding how they built their team, their hiring process, and the role of partners can provide insights into their success and scalability.
Timothy Financial is a financial advisory firm that charges clients hourly for their services. They provide planning, advising, and second opinions to clients across different stages of life. Their value proposition includes validation, ideation, being a trusted thought partner, and serving as a family resource. The firm has experienced significant growth and now has 18 advisors on the team. The firm provides transparency in pricing and offers comprehensive financial planning rather than investment management alone. They assist clients with developing target asset allocations using low-cost ETFs and provide support during implementation.
They have built their reputation through networking, referrals from other advisors in the industry, and involvement with organizations like NAPFA (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors). Being part of a professional community like NAPFA has been instrumental in their success and they highly value the support and collaboration it provides.
Special Note: In 2023, we rebranded the NAPFA podcast with a new album cover and series title: NAPFA Nation. We are shifting our monthly episodes to bring you inspiring conversations and key insights from leaders in the Fee-Only financial planning profession. Marie Swift, Founder and CEO of Impact Communications, will continue on as host, interviewing a variety of NAPFA members and professionals. You will still be able to find on this channel the 32 Mindset Mastery episodes with respected fiduciary financial planners and allied advocates who are committed to accomplishing great things as they master their own mindset and continue to serve their clients in the best ways possible.
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