Our Investment Process

Stifel | The Shollmier Team | Investment ProcessWe offer a highly personalized approach to investment management by tailoring an investment plan to your unique needs.  Bringing your investment plan to life involves three phases:


Phase I: Gathering Information

This phase begins with the Investment Planning Meeting where we get to know you and learn what you need and want your investment capital to do for you.  We will ask you to bring recent statements for each of your existing investment accounts.  We will ask you to complete a questionnaire to quantify your investment goals and risk tolerance as well as gather other pertinent information.


Phase II: Developing an Asset Allocation Plan

With the information from the Investment Planning Meeting, we use Stifel's Wealth Strategist Report® to develop an asset allocation model.  Understanding that the historical performance of each investment in no way guarantees future performance, the model will be time tested against historical markets to help you understand the range of historical returns for the proposed asset allocation.


Phase III: Including Stocks and Bonds Accordingly

Normally the asset allocation model will include stocks (equities) for growth and bonds for income.  The equity portfolio can be positioned to have both core long-term holdings and short-term trading positions.

For the core equities, we enlist professional money managers who work on a fee basis.  The size of the core holdings will determine if we use mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), or individual managers.

If you want a trading position, we will work on a commission basis. We will manage the bond portion of your portfolio.




Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss.

When investing in bonds, it is important to note that as interest rates rise, bond prices will fall.

While most of our accounts are fee-based through advisory services, we also serve clients who prefer to remain transactional through brokerage services.  We pride ourselves on employing a simple and easy-to-understand fee structure.  You have a right to know exactly what you are paying and how it is computed.

Where we reasonably believe it to be in a client’s best interest, we recommend:

Advisory Services

For more details, including costs, please refer to Stifel’s Form ADV Part 2A, Wrap Disclosure Brochure, available on our website at www.stifel.com/disclosures/investment-advisory-services/program-disclosures, for detailed information about the fees and expenses that clients incur in connection with Stifel’s investment advisory programs and to Stifel’s Form CRS, available at www.stifel.com/CRS.

Non-Advisory Products (Brokerage Services)

For more details, including costs, please refer to Stifel’s Relationship Guide at www.stifel.com/relationshipguide and to Stifel’s Form CRS, available at www.stifel.com/CRS.