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Meet Kaplan Financial Advisors, a Fee-Only Advisory Firm

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Kaplan Financial Advisors is a SEC-Registered investment advisor in Berkeley Heights, NJ. We provide Fee-Only Financial Planning and Investment Management to clients throughout New Jersey and nationwide. Our typical clients are individuals and families with a minimum of $1.5 million of investments.

We adhere to a Fiduciary Oath that puts our clients’ needs before our own at all times. We take a 360 degree view of planning and investments. By working closely with our clients, we replace uncertainty and chaos with prudent investment management and financial planning principles. This gives our clients peace of mind. We have over 30 years of professional investment experience.

Eve Kaplan, a Certified Financial Planner(R), opened our doors in 2004.  Our services include retirement planning, investment planning and management services, insurance planning, estate planning, gifting strategies, executive compensation analysis and tax planning. We work together with insurance agents, CPAs and attorneys to provide our clients with the best advice available but we do not benefit in any way from doing so. We specialize in working with women. We’re honored to be designated a “Five Star Professional Wealth Manager” for 5 years in a row (2016-2020).

We welcome new clients. Please call or email Eve if you’d like to learn more about our services. Please note we take privacy issues very seriously. Your inquiry is confidential and we will never make your information public.

Services

Investment Management

We design low cost, high quality portfolios that are integrated with client needs for both growth and income. We rebalance regularly and adjust client portfolios as their needs change. Click on “Learn More” for detailed information.

Financial Planning

We leave no stone unturned. We help transform chaos into order for our financial planning and investment clients by assembling a step-by-step plan of action. Each client has his or her own financial road map which outlines the best approach toward estate planning, insurance, investment design, tax minimization, executive compensation or other relevant areas.

Why Fee Only?

Our Fee-Only approach to planning and portfolio management is not clouded by product sales or split commissions. We charge a percentage on the investment assets we manage to cover detailed financial planning and investment management. Our fee structure is transparent. The Fee-Only model is a perfect fit with our Fiduciary Oath to put our clients’ needs before our own at all times.

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Tax Planning

We work with CPAs (our own “team” or existing client CPAs) on tax projection work to minimize annual taxes. Example: Jill is retired and wants to tap her taxable account for funds. We determine that she can tap e.g. $30,000 from her IRA in one year and avoid virtually all ordinary income taxes, while drawing the balance of funds she needs from a taxable account.

We utilize tax-managed mutual funds for taxable accounts, whenever possible, the minimize capital gains taxes.

Executive Compensation Assessment

Some of our clients have an array of stock options and Restricted Stock Units that contribute significantly to their net worth. We utilize The Black-Scholes model and other strategies to determine the optimal timing for exercising and/or selling executive compensation; we work together with a CPA in this area to optimize value and minimize taxes.

Estate Planning

What are the best ways to gift to family and charity while our clients are alive, and after they have passed away? State and federal guidelines constantly are changing. We work with “best in class” estate attorneys to make sure our clients’ needs are addressed.

Insurance and Annuities

We work together with insurance specialists in the area of life, disability and long-term care insurance. As a Fee-Only firm, we don’t sell insurance or other products. We make sure our clients secure the best insurance for the best price to address gaps in financial planning. We don’t sell annuities but we do work with a specialist to assess existing annuities to see if they truly are needed or if they can be terminated or rolled over to save our clients’ money.

Founder

Eve Kaplan

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

National Advisors Week

2019 Five Star New Jersey Wealth Manager

From the Blog

Three Common Investment Mistakes, And How To Fix Them

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(TM) Whether you’re working with a broker or  advisor, or you’re managing your own investments, watch out for these common investment errors. They are: 1) having multiple overlapping holdings (and not being aware of it), 2)...

Don’t Make These Investment Mistakes!

By Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner™ The investment world is a confusing, opinionated and noisy place. Here are 2 classic investment mistakes that are very common: 1) trying to time markets and 2) stock-picking your way to investment success. Mistake One:...

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ADV Part 3 – Client Relationhip

As a SEC-Registered Advisor, I’m required to make my Form CRS available to all prospective and current clients on an annual basis. The Form CRS explains – in a succinct 2 page document – how I work with clients and how I invest on their behalf.