Investment Planning Our approach to investment planning relies on core principles developed and tested since the inception of our firm. These principles are:Asset allocation provides the foundation to managing portfolio risk and return potential;Tax efficiency and asset location are critical;Portfolio expenses must be scrutinized;No single money management firm can be all things to all people; andOur most important role is to be an objective advocate. Our goal is to control costs, be tax efficient and manage risk. This provides an effective way of helping toward achieving your financial goals.We leverage the power of technology to drive our disciplined five-step investment process:Investment PlanningStep 1 - Advice and planningStep 2 - Portfolio modeling, analysis and designStep 3 - Investment policy statement (IPS) development planningImplementationImplementation takes the IPS one step further by clearly defining the specific investments to be included in the portfolio and proposing how, when and where they should be incorporated. Our investment management platform offers:Step 4 - Implementation, manager search and selectionStep 5 - Ongoing monitoring, due diligence and reporting** **Available through our investment advisory programs.