What our clients are saying
Tumwater has helped my family think about our financial future– but in a uniquely holistic way.
I really value being to ask for Ben’s advice on any financial topic, be it immediately related to our investment planning or not.
Ben sees and understands how the big picture impacts the tactical decisions he helps you make.
The service provided by Tumwater has met all of my needs.
Tumwater has given me a place to have my money managed, to allow
the money to work for us, thereby increasing in value every day. Tumwater
invests the money into funds that grow, watches those funds to stay
[diversified]. You hire a Financial Advisor to focus on increasing the
value of your saved money. This allows you to focus on your own profession to
succeed. The money invested then grows and is there for life’s big bills, college
for youngsters, retirement, etc.
I have complete trust in Tumwater, they alleviate a huge burden of stress in my life.
My first contact with Ben occurred when he was the Financial Advisor for my
former employer… The first one-on-one meeting we held to discuss my financial future
was a total wakeup call (Yes, there were tears). He laid out an honest appraisal of my
current financial situation and what I needed to do differently to move positively
toward a reasonably comfortable retirement. I took his sound advice to heart. Last year,
I was unexpectedly laid off and that led to my decision to retire at the age of 70.
I reached out to Ben and he immediately set up a time to talk about the best
options for my 401K. A plan to roll the funds into an IRA was set in place and
implemented by Ben and his co-worker, Jackson. I am confident that Ben has my best interest at heart.
Communication is never an issue—I always know I will receive honest, appropriate guidance.
[I] sleep well at night knowing Ben and his team are taking care of our investments.
Tumwater has been a great resource for financial planning for my future and eventually my retirement.
I’ve worked with Ben to find the right balance of investments that suit my long-term saving goals.
I also have appreciated Ben’s help with other savings goals, whether it’s regarding an emergency savings fund,
or saving for a specific purchase. He is always willing to answer my questions and explain the rational behind
investment moves. He also reviewed my 401(k) plan which was very helpful!
Tumwater allows us to enjoy our retirement.
Tumwater provides a thorough explanation of my
assets and how best to meet my needs.
Tumwater has helped to make us feel financially secure over the long run
because of the sensible investment strategies Ben has employed for us.
Cherie and Jim C.
I find the entire staff consistently responsive. This is significant for me.
Once I recognize I need information, it is helpful to receive that information quickly.
You have been a valuable resource for others in our family.
You have gained our trust and respect and this is very important at our stage in life!
Cherie and Jim C.
Through Ben’s guidance for over 10 years he has
brought to a comfortable financial position heading into retirement.
We have 100% confidence that you know what you are doing which is so
much more that most professionals who call themselves a financial advisor.
They have helped me feel safe with my financial future and provided me a
valuable resource to come to with any questions about financial decisions and planning.
The Underestimated Power of Rebalancing
In much of the investment industry, rebalancing is thought of as a calendar to-do item – it’s January 1st? Must be time to rebalance!
Or maybe you might rebalance quarterly or monthly, etc.
At Tumwater, we think rebalancing should happen only when things get out of balance. We believe it’s important to monitor each investment in a portfolio on a daily basis so we know when it gets out of balance and can take action to put things right again.
During the Covid 19 bear market (and record-breaking recovery), rebalancing their portfolio helped investors avoid being too conservative or too aggressive by accident.
A good rebalancing discipline sets intelligent tolerance bands to notify you when the portfolio needs to be rebalanced.
At Tumwater we use a 15-20% tolerance band for each investment.
For example, imagine you want to hold 25% of your portfolio in a particular fund. A 20% tolerance band means you wouldn’t want your fund to move 5% in either direction.
If it ever drifted outside of that tolerance band it would be time to rebalance the portfolio to get it back to 25% of the portfolio.
This tactic ensures your portfolio maintains the asset allocation targets you set out originally – it doesn’t accidentally become more and more aggressive (or more and more conservative) over time in any one investment.
Rebalancing also helps the portfolio stay diversified rather than becoming more and more concentrated into whatever investment has done the best.
Rebalancing is a reset button for your investments.
When you build your portfolio the right way, every investment is carefully chosen to work in harmony with every other investment.
Each one has its own unique part to play in the portfolio.
Over time, the fastest growing investments become a larger and larger piece of the portfolio. The longer this goes on, the less the portfolio resembles how you set it up to begin with.
For instance, since the 5 largest companies in the S&P 500 have grown to be 20% of the overall index, this could indicate the need to rebalance your index investment to lock in that growth.
When you rebalance, you take the portfolio back to the original design.
But how do we know when to rebalance?
It depends on how much time you want to devote to monitoring them.
We track each investment in each client portfolio daily so we know when any get out of balance and can take action to put it right.
You may not have the time or the tools to track it that frequently and may just need to evaluate it monthly, quarterly, or annually.
But however frequently you look at it, setting triggers to rebalance your own portfolio is a sure-fire way to invest well over time.
Repeated consistently over years and decades, the rebalancing discipline enables investors to even outperform their own investments simply because they buy more of any investment when it’s price is low and sell a bit of any investment when it’s price is high.
We explore rebalancing and more in our new 9-Email Course: Foundations of Financial Success. Sign up here for free!