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Richard Schultz

Pacific Investment Research

Richard Schultz, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2009. Richard is the owner of Pacific Investment Research. Richard holds the Certified Financial Planner certifications and has over 27 years of experience. Richard provides financial services to clients in the Orange, California area.

I.
Snapshot

Part I provides a quick summary of this advisor’s credentials, ethical history, and business practices. See additional descriptive information in Parts IV through VIII of this research report.

A. Registry Member
  • Since 2009
B. Years of Experience
  • 27
C. College Degrees
  • Bachelors - Computer Science
D. Certifications
  • CFP®
E. Financial Fiduciary
  • Yes
F. Business Philosophy
  • Read Business Philosophy

    Pacific Investment Research is a fee only financial advisory firm based in California. As a fee only fiduciary firm, we avoid any conflicts of interest because our compensation is solely derived from our clients. This means no commissions ever. Being fiduciary we are held to a higher standard of care and are required to always put our client’s best interest first. We believe in building trust through understanding your needs and desires and hence we are always eager to listen to you. Integrity, honesty and clarity are few of the cornerstones on which we have built our practice. At Pacific Investment Research, we believe in helping clients achieve their financial goals through clear, helpful communications, exceptional client service, and providing highly personalized, yet professional financial advice. We offer both comprehensive financial planning and active investment management services.

G. Asset Requirement
  • $500,000

II.
Contact Information

Part II provides general contact information

A. Key Contact
  • Richard Schultz
B. Main Location
  • 942 E Chapman Ave
    Orange, California, 92866
C. Additional Locations
  • Cupertino, California
    Aliso Viejo, California
D. Telephone
  • 714-731-0848

III.
Internet

You should use the Internet to conduct your own online research for advisors before you select them:

  • Visit firm websites
  • Google search names (advisors, firms, owners of firms)
  • Check advisor compliance records at FINRA.org
  • View firm ADVs at SEC.gov
  • View social connections
  • Read articles that have been written by this advisor or firm
Tip: The information on the Internet is easy to access, you retain your anonymity while you conduct your research, and you will find information that helps you make the right decisions.

B. Social Connections

IV.
Firm(s)

This part of the research report contains important information that describes an advisor’s relationship to various financial firms.

RIA (Registered Investment Advisor): This type of firm registration permits the advisor to provide financial advice and services for fees.

Broker/Dealer: This type of firm licenses representatives who sell financial products for commissions.

Relationship: The advisor may be an owner, employee, partner, or independent contractor.

Tip: Make sure you know who owns the advisor’s RIA and Broker/Dealer (if applicable). The firm may look independent, but it may be owned by a bank or insurance company. Google the name of the owner to make sure there is no history of financial fraud, misrepresentation, or omission.

A. Name of Firm
  • Pacific Investment Research
B. Relationship to Firm
  • Owner
C. Name of RIA
  • Pacific Investment Research
D. Name of Broker/Dealer
  • None
E. Name(s) of Custodian(s)
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Folio Institutional

V.
Credentials

You want a real expert with documented credentials helping you plan your financial future and invest your assets in the securities markets.

Real experts have valid, documented credentials that include degrees, experience, and high quality certifications.

Paladin Quality Rating: Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets and rates the quality of financial advisors and firms. A 5 Star rating means the advisor or firm scored in the 90th percentile or higher when Paladin rated the quality of their credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Experience: Years of experience is the best way for advisors to become real financial experts.

Education: Degrees should be from accredited institutions. Use the Internet to research schools you may not have heard of. Some advisors buy degrees to appear more knowledgeable than they really are.

Certifications: Also called designations, certifications are the best way for advisors to acquire specialized knowledge in shorter time periods. Some certifications are extremely valuable (CFA, CFP, CIMA, CPA). 35% of certifications are fake (Source: Paladin Research).

Associations: Membership in quality associations can also be a source of specialized knowledge if the organizations have continuing education requirements.

Firm Credentials: Some advisors represent firms that employ or license multiple professionals. Some of these professionals may impact your financial results.

Tip: Real experts have good educations, years of experience, and high quality certifications and designations.

A. Years of Financial Experience
  • 27 Years
B. College, Degrees, Years
  • Bachelors - Computer Science
C. Current Certifications
D. Financial Industry Associations (Active Memberships)
  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
  • National Association of Active Investment Managers

VI.
Registration, Licensing,
Compliance

You want a real financial expert. You also want an expert you can trust.

Registration: Only Registered Investment Advisors (firms) and Investment Advisor Representatives (professionals) can provide financial advice and ongoing services for fees.

Type of Registration: RIAs with less than $100 million of assets register with your state’s Securities Commissioner. RIAs with more than $100 million of assets register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Industry Licenses: These licenses permit advisors to sell investment and insurance products for commissions.

Registration & License Numbers: Use the advisor and firm’s registration and license numbers to check compliance records at: FINRA.org, SEC.gov, your State’s Securities Commissioner, and your State’s Insurance Commissioner.

State Licensing: Make sure the advisor is licensed to sell investment and insurance products in your state. Make sure the advisor is properly licensed before you buy.

Financial Fiduciary: RIAs and IARs are fiduciaries who are held to the highest ethical standards in the financial service industry. Salesmen are held to lower ethical standards that do not require them to put your financial interests first.

Compliance Record (Investment): Does an advisor or firm have disclosures on compliance records that are maintained by FINRA.org, SEC.gov, or your state’s Securities Commissioner?

Compliance Record (Insurance): Does an advisor or firm have disclosures on compliance records that are maintained by your state’s Insurance Commissioner?

Criminal Disclosures: It may be hard to believe, but convicted felons can obtain securities licenses if their crimes were not securities related.

Additional Disclosures: Advisors and firms have the option of providing additional disclosures that are published on their Paladin Research Reports.

ADVs: RIAs file ADVs with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents provide valuable information about advisory firms.

Links: Click on these links to view additional information about advisors and firms on third party websites.

A. RIA/IAR Registration
  • RIA
B. Type of RIA Registration
  • State - California
C. Industry Licenses
  • Securities License(s)
D. Registration & License Numbers
  • CRD: 2122190
  • IARD: 132063
  • Insurance: None
E. State Licences
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: California
F. Compliance Record (Investment)
  • No Disclosures
G. Compliance Record (Insurance)
  • No Disclosures
H. Criminal Disclosure(s)
  • None
I. Additional Disclosure(s)
  • None
J. View our ADV(s)
K. Links

VII.
Business Data & Practices

Part VII describes the advisor’s business and practices. How does the advisor’s business practices compare to other professionals you are considering?

Business Philosophy: Every advisor has a business philosophy. This makes philosophy a differentiating characteristic. Compare philosophies and select the one that has the highest probability of helping you achieve your financial goals.

Minimum Asset Requirement: A high percentage of financial advisors have minimum asset requirements for new clients. Advisors with bigger practices tend to have higher minimums. Advisors with smaller practices tend to have lower minimums. Some advisors will work with anyone who would benefit from their services.

Number of Current Clients: An indicator for the scope of an advisor or firm’s current business.

Assets Under Management or Advisement: An indicator for the scope of an advisor or firm’s current business.

Method(s) of Compensation: A critical variable when you select a financial advisor. Real advisors are compensated with fees. Salesmen are compensated with commissions. Some professionals receive both types of compensation.

Methods of Communication: Traditional advisors will meet face-to-face in your location or their offices. Virtual advisors communicate via email, telephone, or Skype. All Robo advisor communications are online.

Types of Reports: Performance reports are the most important type of documentation. You may also want brokerage statements, market environment reports, and newsletters.

Second Language: It may be important to you that your advisor speaks a second language.

Value Statement: This statement may describe how this advisor or firm produces value that offsets expenses that are deducted from your accounts. The statement may also describe differentiating characteristics.

Tip: Select an advisor or firm that has an investor-friendly business model and practices.

A. Business Philosophy
  • Read Business Philosophy

    Pacific Investment Research is a fee only financial advisory firm based in California. As a fee only fiduciary firm, we avoid any conflicts of interest because our compensation is solely derived from our clients. This means no commissions ever. Being fiduciary we are held to a higher standard of care and are required to always put our client’s best interest first. We believe in building trust through understanding your needs and desires and hence we are always eager to listen to you. Integrity, honesty and clarity are few of the cornerstones on which we have built our practice. At Pacific Investment Research, we believe in helping clients achieve their financial goals through clear, helpful communications, exceptional client service, and providing highly personalized, yet professional financial advice. We offer both comprehensive financial planning and active investment management services.

B. Minimum Asset Requirement
  • $500,000
C. Number of Current Clients
  • >90
D. Assets (Management, Advisement)
  • $100 million
E. Methods of Compensation
  • Hourly Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee
F. Methods of Communication
  • Face-to-Face Meetings
  • Telephone
  • Email
G. Types of Reports (Frequency)
  • Performance (mo)
  • Brokerage Statement (mo)
  • Other: Weekly Blog
H. Second Language(s)
  • None
I. Value Statement
  • View Value Statement
    At Pacific Investment Research, we offer a better alternative to investing for those approaching retirement or retired. Instead of just following the markets up and down, we perform active portfolio management so your money can continue to work for you no matter what the markets are doing Active portfolio management seeks to take advantage of stable or rising asset prices when markets are performing favorably, but also protect against market declines. Here’s how our investment approach can benefit you: • Invest for higher returns – You can confidently allocate a larger portion of your portfolio to stocks or high yield bonds, knowing that we are carefully managing downside risk. • Limit Losses During Bear Markets – Our active investment strategies are designed to systematically reduce market exposure during market declines. • Profit from Volatility – Instead of the usual buy-and-hold approach, we strive to take advantage of market volatility, up or down, to enhance your returns.

VIII.
Clients & Services

Part VIII provides information about this advisor or firm’s clientele and services.

Types of Clients: Describes the types of clients this advisor or firm works with. You should ask for a breakdown of clients to make sure the advisor works with a lot of clients like you.

Types of Services: Describes the types of services that are provided by this advisor or firm. Make sure the advisor provides the services that you are seeking.

Discretionary Asset Management: Some advisors and firms make investment decisions for clients without the clients’ approval in advance.

Limited Engagement Services: Some advisors provide limited engagement services that do not require assets.

Custodian(s): Financial advisors are not allowed to come in contact with your assets. They use the services of third party or firm custodians to hold your assets for you. Make sure the advisor uses the services of a brand name custodian or a custodian with a long history of providing services to investors with billions of dollars of assets.

Tip: There are five types of financial advice and services: Planning, Investment, Insurance, Tax, and Legal (wills, trusts).

A. Types of Clients
  • Individuals & Couples (Working)
  • Individuals & Couples (Retired)
B. Types of Financial Services
  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
C. Discretionary Asset Management
  • Discretionary and Non-Discretionary
D. Limited Engagement Services
  • Investment Portfolio Reviews

IX.
Certification

Certification: Advisors certify the data in this research report are complete and accurate. Check Most Recent Update to determine the last time this advisor or firm updated this report.

Advisor Name
  • Richard Schultz
Most Recent Update:
  • Dec 11, 2019

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