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100 Wealth Advisors for 2007. Each year, Worth honors financial strategists who go above and beyond mere service to their clients. We recognize those who ...
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T HE TOP

WEALTH ADVISORS

In good times, wealth advisors temper exuberance,

keeping those with much to lose focused on life goals rather than quick kills. In bad times, they provide reassurance by offering the kind of wisdom that only years of study, determination and experience can provide. In the following pages, Worth contributor Judy Martel offers insights into the way leading wealth advisors and their clients work together to build security and trust.We then present the Top 100 Wealth Advisors for 2007. Each year, Worth honors financial strategists who go above and beyond mere service to their clients. We recognize those who offer wise counsel, consistency and integrity. Simply put, they are the best at what they do.

T HE TOP

WEALTH ADVISORS

FIRM, CITY

PHONE

FIRM ASSETS

LARGEST CLIENT’S NET WORTH

MEDIAN CLIENT NET WORTH

MINIMUM ASSETS FOR NEW CLIENT

Weatherly Asset Management, Del Mar

858.259.4507

$195 million

$100 million

$8.5 million

$0.5 million

California Carolyn P. Taylor

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The Top 100 Methodology

OR SOME, THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING heralds new beginnings

expertise, their approaches to working with new clients and how they

after a long winter. For the editorial staff of Worth, it signals

meet the unique needs of the affluent clientele they serve.

the return of a daunting, yearly task: the selection of the Top

While we give this information considerable weight in our selection

100 Wealth Advisors from a large pool of highly qualified applicants. The

process, we place the greatest importance upon each candidate’s ability

complex process of gathering, organizing and assessing the information

to intelligently discuss the current investment climate, the markets and

that wealth advisors submit takes months to complete, and sometimes

their strategies for success. At this point, the competition becomes fierce.

pushes hard against deadlines set for the publication of the October issue,

Affluent investors pay their wealth advisors to be independent thinkers,

in which the final list is published.

and based on the spectrum of analyses we read, many earn their keep.

While this task is never easy, it was particularly difficult this year. The

This year, very few agreed on the best way to invest in a global market

hundreds of advisors who answered our Top 100 questionnaire offered keen

where phenomenal growth—and risk—can be found offshore, and dra-

insights into the current investment climate. A number of the responses we

matic market swings have become daily events. Even fewer claimed that

received were exceptionally thorough and original, evidencing the kind of

their strategies were foolproof. Many, however, explained their insights

comprehensive financial expertise and client focus that elevates advisors to

clearly, concisely and with conviction—exactly how they should commu-

the pinnacle of their profession. Some who made the list in the past are

nicate with their clients.

noticeably absent this year; others who have never participated before make their debut.

Following our compilation of a preliminary list, the final step in the selection process is one of verification. Worth’s editorial staff confirms,

In anticipation of the inevitable questions about how we choose the

to the extent possible, that the information advisors provide is accurate

individuals we honor, please know that our methodology is straightfor-

and truthful. We run background checks and occasionally ask additional

ward. While our weighing of the various criteria may change in response

questions of both advisors and their clients. By the time this step is com-

to market shifts or economic activity, the methodology we use to gather,

pleted, spring is just a memory and the dog days of summer are upon us.

organize and analyze the information remains constant. The process begins with an invitation to our readers to nominate those

With deadlines approaching, we finalize our list, confident in the choices we’ve made.

wealth advisors who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty

The competition this year was extremely tough. But that’s how it

in meeting their clients’ needs. We also solicit nominations from private

should be. Wealth management is not an easy profession—the men and

banks, wealth management and investment firms and industry associations.

women who guide their clients through life’s triumphs and challenges

Nominated advisors, and others who wish to participate, then complete a

must be smart, resilient, decisive and dedicated. Those honored in the fol-

detailed online questionnaire in which they provide their educational and

lowing pages embody all these qualities and more. We salute them. They

professional credentials, work history, compensation structure, client reten-

are Worth’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors for 2007.

tion rate and other background information. We then ask about areas of

—Douglas McWhirter

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Carolyn P. Taylor

President

Comprehensive Wealth Management Services

Carolyn P. Taylor, an engineer by training, received her B.S. and B.A. Retirement from Stanford University. Carolyn’s Planning wealth of experience ranges from Philanthropic Planning Investment Banking at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. in New York, to Goal Investment Analysis Advisory Services portfolio management at Payden & Employee Benefits Analysis / Advice Rygel Investment Counsel in Los Angeles and additionally at Neuberger Trust Capabilities, access to owner & Berman in New York. She has Trustee Options Analysis W EATHERLY’S worked closely with the complex and / Strategies CLIENTS NEEDS, diverse needs of the affluent client for GOALS AND O BJECTIVES over 25 years. She founded Weatherly Debt Analysis / Strategies Asset Management in 1994 to provide Risk Management -Life Insurance/Term Financial the pinnacle of wealth management -Disability Evaluations -Financial Strategies -LLC services to those clients that demand exceptional detail and attention from a multi-generational, family office Educational Strategies / Guidance / Cost Analysis investment advisor. Since inception Insurance Analysis Estate Planning & of the Firm, the services and handsWealth Transfer Guidance on approach continue to evolve to Small Business Tax Guidance & Planning Planning - Employee Benefits fit each client’s individual needs in - Retirement Planning an ever-changing and increasingly complex legal, tax, financial, and geopolitical world. “Our clients are highly educated and intelligent.” says Taylor, “They understand a number of the issues they confront as wealthy individuals or as a family. Weatherly plays a key role in orchestrating the appropriate advice for the present client situation.” At Weatherly Asset Management, a team of qualified, experienced professionals provides comprehensive, high-quality, wealth management services on a fee-only basis. The services cover a number of areas within the financial universe and are available to each client as their own unique needs require or as their circumstances change over time. A broad array of services including Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Wealth Transfer Guidance, Stock Option Analysis and Financial Evaluations are provided by our team of exceptionally well-qualified professionals, committed to providing superior customer service (for specific biographies and qualifications of our team see our website www.weatherlyassetmgt.com). Client portfolios are uniquely constructed based on clients’ specific risk and return objectives, utilizing asset allocation models and emphasizing diversification among different types of equity, fixed income, and alternative investment vehicles. Portfolios primarily consist of a balanced approach utilizing a combination of individual stocks, bonds, Exchange Traded Funds, and noload mutual funds, to produce the most tax-efficient, after-fee results possible. The professionals at Weatherly have a combined 70+ years of experience that give them a unique perspective into the complexities of financial markets and wealth management. This experience, coupled with a commitment to providing specialized, comprehensive advice to high-net-worth clientele is what sets Weatherly apart from its competition. Carolyn was chosen by Worth Magazine in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007 for their list of Top Financial Advisors and in Worth 2007 Wealth Management Sourcebook. Weatherly has been chosen by Bloomberg Wealth Manager in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 for Top Wealth Manager. Weatherly has been recognized in Forbes magazine by Goldline Research on their list of Ten Most Dependable Wealth Managers of Southern California 2007.

832 Camino Del Mar, Suite 4 Del Mar, CA 92014 phone: (858) 259.4507 fax: (858) 259.0782 [email protected]

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