My Background, Experience, and Family

Rick is a First Vice President, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, and a Portfolio Management Director.  Rick graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance, and an International Finance Minor through the London School of Economics.  From 1990 to 1999, Rick was a Floor Trader and Portfolio Manager on the London, New York, and Philadelphia financial exchanges.  Since 1999, Rick has been a Financial Advisor & Portfolio Manager with Smith Barney (until 2007), and with Morgan Stanley. 

Rick has been happily married to Keirsten since 1993. They have two great sons named Connor and Keith, and live in the quiet countryside of Hilltown, Pennsylvania with their chinook dog Dakota and one-eyed rescue cat Bagheera.  Both Connor and Keith are graduates of LaSalle College High School.  Keith is a college athlete at Ursinus College in Collegeville PA, and Connor a college athlete at West Chester University in West Chester PA.  Rick was born in Bellefonte, PA (near Penn State) and raised in Huntingdon Valley, PA.  When not working with his clients, Rick enjoys surfing, high school & college football, boating, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Drawing on over 27 years of experience, Rick helps a select group of successful families, business owners, and executives manage their wealth.
Services Include
  • Financial Planning1
  • Professional Portfolio Management2
  • Retirement Planning3
  • Divorce Financial Analysis4
  • Estate Planning Strategies5
  • 401(k) Rollovers
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Rick's 10 Core Beliefs

1.    Real wealth comes from three basic things: personal initiative, hard work, and savings.

2.    You shouldn’t live life to make money. You should make money to live life.

3.    Yes, investment cost efficiency is important. The 4 key criteria for evaluating an investment choice are risk, return, taxes, and cost. The most successful portfolios balance all four.

4.    Trust is earned, one little piece at a time, by being honest at all times. That means doing what is right is the only choice.

5.    A simple, written, evolving Financial Plan is essential for those serious about their money.

6.    Consider yourself the equal of everyone. No one should look down or up to you.

7.    If you rush into retirement without first seriously considering how much withdrawal pressure you can put on your money before it breaks, you will set yourself up for Financial Destruction on the Installment Plan.

8.    Following the trend through Relative Strength, coupled with simple fundamental analysis, is the most powerful process for choosing investments to include in a portfolio. It is even more powerful for choosing which investments to exclude.

9.    Aging, without seriously trying to protect your wealth through Estate Planning, is a mean and selfish thing to do to the people you love.

10.   Every year, many investors build portfolios that are risk, return, tax, and cost efficient. Then the markets cycle up and down. And lots of those investors either get greedy during an up cycle and buy "what’s hot", or get fearful in a down cycle and sell low in a panic. Investor behavior (good or bad) always trumps investment selection.

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    What Real Financial Advisors Do For Their Clients


    Explain the exact nature of their relationship with you, including how they are paid
    Systematically analyze your portfolio for cost-efficiency
    Make conflict-free recommendations
    Educate you so you know exactly what you are investing in, and why
    Help you integrate your 401(k)/403(b) plans with your other investments
    Follow a long-term investment process that ignores short-term outcomes, which are usually based on luck
    Apply risk management strategies that have high probabilities of being successful
    Seek to manage your behavior and keep you from acting impulsively
    Help keep you focused on the things you can control

    Construct and Update your family’s written Financial Plan
    Use your Financial Plan to help you find your financial blind spots and seek peace of mind
    Talk with you about strategies to efficiently fund college educations
    Create your retirement income plan by coordinating your Social Security benefits with your spouse’s benefits, and any pensions
    Educate you as to what is considered a safe withdrawal rate for your portfolio
    Talk with you about when to start Social Security, and which strategy fits best for you
    Talk with you about your legacy, and efficient wealth transfer techniques
    Talk with you about the relationship between your portfolio and your taxes
    Offer to meet with your accountant and estate attorney, and be the quarterback of your wealth team
    Help clients who own businesses understand, select, and build the right company retirement plan
    Advise clients on efficient strategies for preserving and transferring IRA assets, including Roth conversions

    Develop criteria for their ideal client, and are willing to tell you that you might not be a good fit
    Work with a limited number of clients
    Communicate with you in the way you are most comfortable; in person, telephone, email, or a combination
    Provide you with responsive and caring service

      Client Service Team

      • Kathy Bogle - Senior Registered Associate
        Direct:  215-230-2927

        General administrative issues, including address changes, transfers, account forms, and signature forms.
        Dividend, interest, and IRA distributions checks and transfers.
        Monthly statement & 1099 tax form reprints or questions.
        Time-sensitive order and trade entry.
        Appointment scheduling.


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      On the Markets


      Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a personalized wealth strategy. Today and for the years to come.
      • 401(k) Rollovers
      • IRA Plans
      • Retirement Income Strategies
      • Retirement Plan Participants
      • Annuities
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      Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.
      • Asset Management
      • Wealth Planning
      • Traditional Investments
      • Alternative Investments
      • Impact Investing
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      Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.
      • Estate Planning Strategies
      • 529 Plans / Education Savings Planning
      • Long Term Care Insurance
      • Special Needs Planning
      • Trust Services
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      Here's how to take control of your finances if a death or divorce leaves you holding the reins.

      Business Planning

      Helping you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.
      • Succession Planning
      • Business Planning
      • Retirement Plan Sponsors
      • Qualified Retirement Plans
      • Corporate Pension Funds
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      • Donor Advised Funds
      • Impact Investing
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