Summit Financial Advisors, a San Francisco Bay Area Based Wealth Management Firm, Publishes Two Educational Reports for Individual Investors

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The independent registered investment adviser has introduced complimentary reports on important emerging trends in wealth management. The reports include an alternative approach to indexing and an examination of automated investment services, known as “robo-advisors”.

These reports provide compelling evidence that by implementing the most thoughtful and disciplined strategies, investors may be able to improve their results.

Summit Financial Advisors, a San Francisco Bay Area based financial planning and investment management firm, empowers individual investors to create thoughtful investment strategies and comprehensive financial plans by presenting two free reports. The topics include timely information about seeking to improve passive investing strategies through fundamental indexing and utilizing automated investment tools to create more efficient portfolios.

Indexing and other forms of passive investment have garnered increasing acceptance among investors and a larger share of their portfolios. The report entitled “Indexing: An Alternative Approach” examines whether selecting, weighting, and rebalancing portfolios around certain quantitative factors is better than the more common approach of using their market capitalization. It addresses the question of whether market prices are entirely efficient and if not, can strategies be implemented to exploit those inherent inefficiencies in seeking above market returns.

“With regards to the new approaches to indexing,” stated Rafael Velez, the Managing Director and a senior advisor at Summit Financial Advisors. “The evidence is compelling that by implementing the most thoughtful and disciplined strategies, investors may be able to improve their results.”

The second report on the new, automated, investment services tackles the industry’s development and relevance for individual investors. It examines the advantages such as lower costs, a disciplined approach and ability to serve investors with lower portfolio minimums. The shortcomings relative to more traditional methods of advice are detailed. Finally, the report highlights the primary reasons for the recent growth in “robo-advisors” as well as the regulatory concerns with regards to their ability to meet their fiduciary obligations.

“Automated investment services are a unique opportunity for investors to reduce costs and to enjoy a more efficient implementation to their investment plans,” Mark Pietrofesa, a senior advisor at Summit Financial Advisors, commented. “We have made a great effort to bring these advantages to clients as a compliment to the work of our advisory and service teams.”

These educational reports serve to inform investors of possible improvements that can either be made to their portfolio strategies or to update them about emerging trends within the overall industry. The information shared should not be considered individual investment advice and before implementing any of the strategies detailed, investors should consult with their relevant advisors.

To download the free reports: 

"Robo-Advisors: Emerging Trends for Individual Investors"

“Indexing: An Alternative Approach”

No strategy assures success or protects against loss.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SlPC. Investment advice is offered through Summit Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. LPL Financial is not affiliated with any other entity listed.


Summit Financial Advisors, LLC is a SEC Registered Investment Adviser providing private account and wealth management services to clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country. Founded in 1998, the firm combines a total wealth management approach to financial planning strategies with a disciplined asset management program.

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