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Clarity

Once we show you how your financial goals relate to your savings rate, you will appreciate the value of a strong financial plan.

Planning

We show you a roadmap for achieving financial peace of mind.

Advice

As fiduciaries, we place the highest priority on impartial advice derived from extensive analysis.

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Our Firm

We are a registered investment advisory firm headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in Napa, Los Angeles and Seattle, WA. We operate virtually and are available to meet at other locations in the Northwest, West and Southwest upon request.


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Trust

The foundation of building trust begins with communication at the initial consultation. Trust also involves making sure you fully understand your investments.

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Multiple Perspectives

We have a former Chief Investment Officer of a multi-billion dollar wealth management group, a former hedge fund manager, an entrepreneur who took a company public, a psychologist, and an experienced trader. These diverse backgrounds bring fresh thinking and "out of the box" ideas to our investment decisions.

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Pricing

A majority of our clients are comfortable paying a fixed percentage of assets under management. Some clients, however, prefer a fixed annual fee or a consulting fee for special projects. Variables we consider include the time required, portfolio size, and complexity of the services we will perform.

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Milton Balbuena

Founder | C.I.O.
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Milton Balbuena

Milton Balbuena

Founder | C.I.O.


Milton has been an investment professional for 28 years and served as an Investment Committee Chair and Chief Investment Strategist of Contango Capital Advisors, the $3.5 billion wealth management arm of Zions Bancorporation. Mr. Balbuena holds an M.B.A from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley. He and Dr. Hoyt founded Blue Hall Wealth Advisors in 2013 with the shared belief that investment objectives should be tailored to age and life circumstances.

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Robert Hoyt

Founder | Investment Committee
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Robert Hoyt

Robert Hoyt

Founder| Investment Committee


Robert was a clinical psychologist at Mount Sinai medical school before becoming an entrepreneur. During his tenure as CEO of an industrial distribution company, it went public through an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to founding Blue Hall Wealth Advisors with Mr. Balbuean, he has been a hedge fund manager and an advisory board member of a significant N.Y. investment advisory firm. He strongly believes his psychology training has helped him be a better investment professional. Dr. Hoyt received a Ph.D. from Ferkauf Graduate School at Yeshiva University.

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Matthew Gropp

Operations Manager | Client Management
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Matthew Gropp

Matthew Gropp

Operations Manager, Client Management


Matthew has extensive experience in wealth management and financial advisory services. Before establishing the operations infrastructure at Blue Hall Wealth Advisors, Matthew served as a client relationship manager to high net worth individuals for a $200 M boutique wealth management firm and as an operations manager for a large single-family office. Matthew holds a B.S. in Business Administration in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.  

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Stephanie Navarro

Operations
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Stephanie Navarro

Stephanie Navarro

Operations


Stephanie has spent many years in the financial industry in various specialized roles within the Operations Department at Oppenheimer Funds including banking functionality, new account management, and financial reporting. She also served on numerous business committees during her time with Oppenheimer. Stephanie attended the University of Utah, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree.   

Services

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Financial Planning

We begin with an extensive evaluation of your current financial situation.

From there, we give you a short, intermediate, and long-term roadmap for your financial future. Your plan is as dynamic as you are, with revisions based on changing needs and market conditions.

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Investment Advisory

We take pride in making investments more understandable.

Explaining how our recommendations relate to your unique requirements can be challenging. There are U.S. and global investments, multiple asset classes with private and public ways to invest. Explaining what can feel like a dizzying array of choices is central to our role as your fiduciary.

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Retirement Management

Financial planning is about the known. Retirement management has contingencies for the unknown as well. 

Surprises can have significant financial implications during retirement. It can be a chronic illness with high uninsured expenses, or financial support for a child or grandchild, or even outliving the actuarial tables.

From one's early 50's, age-based portfolios make the most sense.

During pre-retirement, growth is the primary investment goal. In early retirement, there is more emphasis on downside protection. Bottom line, investment income becomes more important with age. Most retirees benefit from our extensive knowledge of income-producing investments, both public and private.

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Specialist Network

Over time, many clients will have requirements for services and products like reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance, annuities, estate attorneys, and accountants. 

Our specialists offer your exceptional value. In our search for the best people, we found substantial differences in program features, fees, and creative solutions to unique requirements.

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Our Partners

Gaining accurate insights into changing market conditions is essential to optimizing gains and mitigating losses in our portfolio. 

We work with some of the largest and most highly-regarded market research firms in the world:

Capital Economics

The bedrock of Capital Economics is an in-depth analysis of the world's major developed and emerging economies. London-based, it has long been known for making market calls early enough to gain a competitive advantage.

BlackRock

Voted #1 in model portfolio quality by Morningstar in 2020, is the largest asset manager globally, with robust institutional and retail business lines overseeing $7 Trillion of client assets.

Right Capital

Advanced Web-Based Planning software helps us optimize retirement account distributions, social security and medicare decisions, runs simulations and "what-ifs," and stress test financial plans.

Black Diamond Wealth Platform

High-quality quarterly performance reports, portfolio income reporting, and "pie-chart" asset class categorizations of your portfolio over time. At your request, we can add investment not managed to monitor changes in your net worth.

iCapital Network

CAIS

Both firms offer private equity, real estate equity and debt funds as well as corporate debt and income fund.

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