Founder & CEO
Timothy Baker, CFP® is the founder and CEO of WealthShape, an independent advisory firm built on innovation, responsibility and the real world application of research.
He spent over a decade developing a new client investment experience to specifically address the major problems facing today's financial services industry.
Throughout his career he’s held positions as an advisor, consultant, portfolio manager, and vice president for institutional money management firms with billions of dollars in assets under management. These experiences led to a new way of thinking about personal finance based on a combination of three critical elements: digital age financial planning, low cost factor-based investment management and fiduciary advice delivered by CFP® professionals.
WealthShape works with clients in Connecticut and throughout the country to deliver evidence based investment solutions and high quality advice at a low cost. Clients receive access to all investments, goals and progress in one easy to understand, secure location. The company operates under the belief that financial planning shouldn’t be static but rather vibrant and ongoing all while upholding the highest level of fiduciary responsibility.
Tim’s appeared numerous times as a guest on SiriusXM Business Radio and frequently contributes to media outlets including Investopedia, The Wall Street Journal, Investment News, US News & World Report, Financial Advisor IQ and AdvisorHUB. He holds a MBA with a concentration in Finance, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an active member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). He guest lecturers on personal finance via electronic media and at various locations throughout the northeast U.S. including his home state of Connecticut where he resides with his wife Danielle and their daughter Ripley.
BS, Business Administration, Southern Connecticut State University
MBA, Southern Connecticut State University
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Advice and Investment Design Should Rely on Reason. Not Speculation.
Timothy Baker CFP® Advisor Insights
Both mutual funds and hedge fund are professionally managed investment vehicles, but there are a couple major differences. Just about any investor has access to mutual funds. They’re diversified, easy to buy and easy to sell. Hedge funds on the other hand are only open to accredited investors who have a net worth of at least a million dollars or an income of at least $200,000 over the last 2 years. Hedge funds often have lock up periods, where for a period of time you cannot get your money out of the fund due to their propriety trading methodology that often involves leveraging.
Although not always the case, hedge fund fees are usually much higher than that of mutual funds. The typical two and twenty fee represents the 2% fee on assets under management and the additional 20% of fund profits, which goes to the hedge fund.
Employers benefit in 4 primary ways:
- It allows them to attract new talent by offering employer matching contributions to a prospective employee’s retirement.
- It gives them a tax deduction for the contributions they make.
- Providing the plan remains in compliance with all required testing, it allows owners and other highly paid employees the opportunity to also defer funds for retirement.
- In some cases, matching contributions are not immediately vested, meaning the company gives them to you, but they don’t completely belong to you until you satisfy some period of time under continuous employment. Vesting schedules can encourage any employees who were considering a job change to reconsider or delay leaving, given the benefits they might be leaving on the table.
First, you should be commended for wanting to learn more about investing. I’m 100% for learning about capital markets, how they work and the principles of investing. While I won’t dissuade you from taking any of the aforementioned courses, I will make a few comments.
Day trading is a highly speculative endeavor that pits you against millions of other market participants seeking to profit from fundamental mispricing’s or technical analysis. In order to be successful you would have to believe that you knew something that millions of others didn’t. For arguments sake, lets suggest that you did. What are the chances that you will be able to act on that information prior to everyone else? News travels in milliseconds and even small mispricing’s can be arbitraged away very quickly.
I don’t have much advice for speculators largely due to the huge amounts of evidence suggesting you’re highly unlikely to outperform the market. Furthermore, even if you did, it would take years to determine whether your efforts were the result of skill or luck.
Lots of charts or data mining systems appear intuitive in hindsight. I tend to be skeptical of any company selling their methodology on becoming a profitable day trader. After all, if they truly had a formula that produced superior results, it would stand to reason that teaching it to others would only diminish its value because everyone would use it.
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A company called SPIVA releases their findings on this very topic every few months or so. Their study measures the % of mutual funds that are outperformed by their relative benchmark. For the S&P 500 you would be looking at US large cap funds. Through mid-year 2015 about 65% underperformed over a 1 and 5 year period, and about 80% underperformed over the 10 year period.
The difficulties in attempting to beat the market are well chronicled. Finding the next great fund manager before they fall into the small percentage of winners has proven just as difficult. Over short periods of time it’s almost impossible to determine if any outperformance was due to luck or skill.
Finding old 401k monies can be a challenge due to all the business mergers that take place. There are a few places to begin looking. The first thing to do would be to call the old company or the current company that owns the old company and speak with the HR department. You may have already exhausted this route. If so, I would say the next place to look is a website called www.FreeERISA.com. Plans are required to file a form 5500. You may be able to find information under the old firm name. The DOL also has a place where you can search for old abandoned profit sharing plans: http://askebsa.dol.gov/AbandonedPlanSearch/.
Hope this helps. Best of luck with your search!