Our Process

Wisdom is Where Knowledge Meets Discipline

We use the wisdom and experience gained from more than 30 years in the financial services industry to help you navigate your personal version of an ideal future. Getting to your destination requires planning, focus, coordination, and the ability to adapt as you encounter challenges along the way.

In our role as a trusted wealth counselor, we align the expansive resources of our team of specialists along with our tried-and-true methods and innovative tools with the needs of our clients. This discipline allows us to properly assess and help alleviate anything in the way of our clients’ financial health and wellbeing. Our duty of care to our clients and their unique circumstances is a foundation for what becomes a true partnership between us and those we are privileged to serve.

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Our Process

By establishing a system of professional oversight, we hope to increase your peace of mind throughout each step of the process.

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  • A clear path & plan
  • Strategies in the 10 key planning areas
  • Alignment of your vision, values, goals, & resources
  • Proactive advice


  • The Ideal Futures PortfolioSM
  • Manage risk & return
  • Eliminate excess costs
  • Tax optimized structures


  • Efficiency
  • Timely follow-up
  • Advisors work as a team
  • Comprehensive reporting & accountability
  • Cost efficient products


  • Simplicity & ease
  • Responsive to critical life events
  • We are on call
  • Ongoing active oversight
  • No plan
  • Disorganized
  • Too little time
  • Too much cost
  • Uncertain future
  • Lack confidence
  • Too much tax
  • Too complex
  • Ineffective diversification
  • Excess or unknown risk
  • Poor performance
  1. Determine what’s important
  2. Review current plan & portfolio
  3. Develop plan
  4. Implement & coordinate plan
  5. Conduct review sessions
  • Plan and path
  • Organized
  • More free time
  • Lower cost
  • Tax-efficient
  • Simplicity
  • Effective diversification
  • Managed risk
Your Ideal Future

Getting Started

Just as you visit the doctor for an annual checkup to ensure that your health is optimal, Savant’s Ideal Futures Financial Health Assessment℠ helps to determine the current state of your financial life. It identifies needless risk and helps you prioritize the planning opportunities to more closely align your decisions and assets with your goals. Our proprietary assessment covers the 10 key financial planning disciplines.

Health & Wellbeing

The state of your health and wellbeing can impact whether or not you reach and enjoy your goals. Identifying risks related to disability, along with your mental and physical health, helps build a plan that can illustrate strategies to support your wellbeing now and in the future.

Retirement Planning

Without a well-designed retirement plan, it may be challenging to maintain your lifestyle in retirement. Designing an appropriate retirement strategy involves reviewing savings, income sources, and cash flow and optimizing distributions from your investment portfolio (if already retired). By formalizing your retirement plan, you can gain clarity to determine if you are on track to live the retirement you want.

Risk Management & Asset Protection

If you don’t have appropriate insurance, you may not be efficiently protecting the people and things that are important to you. Maintain an appropriate amount of insurance by regularly evaluating your needs, policy types, coverage amounts, beneficiaries, and other factors to help ensure you are protected when you encounter obstacles and detours on the way to your ideal future.

Debt Management

Debt can hinder you from achieving your long-term goals. While debt can be a prudent financial tool, it can cause significant financial distress if not properly managed. With a strategic plan, you can understand how much debt you can afford, how to use debt in a way that is tax-efficient, and ensure that the terms and rates are appropriate for your financial situation.

Education Planning

If putting your children or grandchildren through higher education is important to you, you’ll want to take advantage of all available education planning strategies while you’re balancing saving for retirement. An education plan helps you assess how much it may cost in the future and determine the best ways to fund this expense in a tax-efficient manner.

Income Tax Planning

Tax advice is not the same as professional tax preparation. Tax advice involves working with a knowledgeable advisor to proactively look for strategies designed to minimize current and future tax liabilities. Optimizing your tax situation is an important part of a well-designed financial plan, assuring you pay no more taxes than you are legally required to pay.

Investment Planning

A sound investment strategy assures you make sufficient returns to meet your goals while not taking excessive risk that can cause needless anxiety. Specifically, a well-executed investment plan reviews the appropriate amounts of risk, builds an optimal portfolio allocation, mitigates taxes, benchmarks performance, understands overall costs, and assures proper liquidity.

Charitable Planning

An optimized giving plan will help you leverage your charitable giving to create impact for the organizations and causes you care about. Being deliberate with your giving can assure your philanthropic strategies align with your values and goals, while also maximizing opportunities to reduce current and future income and estate taxes.

Business Planning & Succession

If you’re a business owner, your business plan should be optimally integrated with your personal financial plan. The two plans should be aligned so that both are working together toward achieving your long-term goals. Your business will likely impact all the other areas of your financial life, so coordination is critical.

Estate Planning & Administration

If you die without an estate plan, your family may end up paying needless tax and legal bills, while your estate becomes a matter of public record. An estate plan assures that your assets are distributed in a manner that perpetuates your values, protects your heirs, reduces or eliminates estate taxes, diffuses family conflict, and makes the administration of your estate simple for your family.

Wise Counsel Illuminates the Road to Your Ideal Future

With the help of Savant’s robust team of professionals, a complex collection of seemingly unrelated documents and outdated plans can transform into a straightforward and streamlined roadmap to set you on the right path toward your ideal future.

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