Time is Money: The Power of Bill Payment Apps

In the fast-paced world of wealth management, even a minor delay can cost high-net-worth individuals and their advisors dearly. Any time not spent on maximizing returns is a missed opportunity.


Between managing complex portfolios, navigating the markets, and tending to multiple properties, every minute counts. However, a persistent drain on valuable time often lurks in the shadows: bill payments.


Traditionally, bill payment involved manual processes, requiring individuals and advisors to gather bills, write checks, and track payments meticulously. For HNWIs with complex investment holdings, this means dedicating considerable time and resources to monotonous administrative tasks. Moreover, the risk of mistakes and missed payments are ever-present, potentially leading to errors, late fees, and penalties.


Enter bill payment apps, which have transformed the landscape by offering intuitive platforms that centralize and automate the entire payment process. These innovative platforms are revolutionizing the way HNWIs and their advisors handle financial obligations, introducing efficiency and automation into a previously cumbersome process. These apps allow users to aggregate bills from various sources, including utilities, credit cards, mortgages, and subscriptions, into a single dashboard. Through secure integrations with bank accounts and financial institutions, bills are automatically retrieved and presented for review, eliminating the need for manual data entry.


The Plumb Bill Pay app is the perfect example of a game-changing app, and was developed and built exclusively by Plumb to address the issues and challenges faced by our high-net-worth clients and their advisors.


Here’s how bill payment apps, and the Plumb Bill Pay app in particular, save HNWIs and advisors precious hours:

  • Streamlined Workflow: Bill pay apps automatically categorize, prioritize, and schedule bills for payment. This ensures timely settlements without the need for constant oversight, eliminating countless hours spent on paperwork and data reconciliation. Additionally, these apps offer customizable alert systems, notifying users of upcoming due dates, payment confirmations, and unusual activity, thereby enhancing transparency and security.
  • Enhanced Visibility: Gone are the days of scrambling for missing invoices or chasing down overdue payments. Bill payment apps provide real-time visibility into spending patterns and cash flow dynamics, offering personalized insights and recommendations, empowering users to make informed financial decisions. {Read about the Plumb Bill Pay app Commitments module and how it provides clarity and insights.}
  • Reduced Errors: Manual processing is prone to human error. Bill payment apps minimize the risk of mistakes with automated payments, ensuring accuracy and timely payments.
  • Improved Security: Traditional paper-based systems are vulnerable to fraud and theft. Bill payment apps offer robust security measures such as multi-factor authentication and encryption, to safeguard sensitive financial information. {Learn more about just some of the ways Plumb provides the most stringent digital security here.}
  • Advisor Efficiency: For financial advisors, managing bill payments for multiple clients can be a time-consuming burden. Bill payment apps allow advisors to delegate and automate tasks, freeing up their time to focus on strategic financial planning and client relationships.


Bill payment apps have emerged as indispensable tools for HNWIs and their advisors, offering unparalleled convenience, efficiency, and security in managing financial transactions. By streamlining the bill payment process, these platforms liberate valuable hours that can be redirected towards more productive endeavors, ultimately empowering individuals to achieve their financial goals with confidence and peace of mind.


Plumb Bill Pay + Sage Intacct Use Cases for Multiple Real Estate Holdings

Many of Plumb’s high-net-worth clients manage and own multiple real estate investments, and we are experts at assisting them with their bill pay and accounting needs.

How do we do this?

  • Property Management:  We understand how pivotal it is to record and track complex financial transactions related to property management.
  • Financial Consolidation and Reporting: We provide crucial consolidated, accurate, and timely reporting needed for clear visibility into each property and overall portfolio.
  • Budgeting and Forecasting: We create budgets and forecasts that allow our clients to make more strategic decisions.

Plumb works with HNWI clients with multiple real estate holdings.

We have decades of experience helping high-net-worth-individuals manage the accounting of their real estate holdings. We’d love to help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to schedule time to speak with Anneke Stender, our EVP, at your convenience.

Cash is King (But Not Really): The Shifting Landscape of HNWI Payments

If it seems like there are an overwhelming number of payment options on the market today, it’s because there are. Gone are the days where the only choices were scrambling for your checkbook, searching for a pen, and writing out a check or physically handing over cash.

We applaud these technological advances in payment – as bill pay experts we hold a special place in our hearts for all FinTech payment developments – but we also understand that with options come confusion and uncertainty.

  • How do you know which payment method is best to use?
  • What are the benefits of each?
  • And what are the pitfalls?

We’ve been working with high-net-worth individuals for decades, and we understand their unique financial needs. We also know that choosing the right payment method – especially for our clients – isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair. From art purchases to philanthropy, understanding the nuances of popular payment options like credit cards, wire transfers, ACH payments, Venmo, PayPal, and Apple Pay can make a world of difference.

We’ve put together this helpful guide to outline the advantages, challenges, and special considerations for high-net-worth individuals of the most popular payment options currently available.

(Also – don’t miss out on the additional tips we provide at the end of this guide.)

Credit Cards

  • Advantages: Convenience, rewards programs, purchase protection, building credit history.
  • Challenges: Interest charges, credit score dependency, spending limits.
  • HNWI Considerations: Premium cards offer higher limits, travel benefits, and concierge services.

Wire Transfers

  • Advantages: Fast, secure, large transaction capability, international transfers.
  • Challenges: High fees, limited real-time tracking, irreversible in case of errors.
  • HNWIs Considerations: Negotiate reduced fees with banks for high-volume transfers.

ACH Payments

  • Advantages: Lower fees than wire transfers, recurring payments, direct bank account transfers.
  • Challenges: Slower than wire transfers, limited international use, potential return fees for insufficient funds.
  • HNWIs Considerations: Ideal for payroll, bill payments, and large domestic transactions.

Venmo & PayPal

  • Advantages: Peer-to-peer convenience, fast for small transactions, social features (Venmo).
  • Challenges: Limited transaction amounts, security concerns, potential fees.
  • HNWIs Considerations: Primarily for casual transactions with trusted individuals.

Apple Pay

  • Advantages: Contactless convenience, security with Face ID/Touch ID, integration with Apple ecosystem.
  • Challenges: Limited merchant acceptance, potential fraud risk, requires compatible Apple devices.
  • HNWIs Considerations: Useful for everyday purchases, but not suitable for large transactions.

Additional Tips for High-Net-Worth Individuals and Payment Methods:

  • Diversify payment methods based on transaction type and size.
  • Prioritize security by using trusted platforms and strong passwords.
  • Understand potential fees from financial institutions.
  • Seek professional advice from wealth managers for complex financial transactions.

Ultimately, the best payment method for HNWIs depends on the specific transaction. Credit cards offer rewards and convenience for everyday purchases, while wire transfers are essential for large, time-sensitive transactions. Venmo and PayPal facilitate casual payments between individuals, while Apple Pay provides effortless everyday spending. Understanding the strengths and limitations of each option empowers HNWIs to make informed financial decisions and navigate the payment landscape with ease.

And when in doubt, reach out to your trusted advisors and outsourced service providers (like Plumb) for help navigating this newly complex world of payment options.

Take the Next Step Towards Financial Ease and Clarity: Experience the benefits of safe and streamlined bill pay management. Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to discuss how our outsourced bill payment services can enhance accuracy, save time, simplify record-keeping, reduce stress, and fortify the security of your financial transactions. Your peace of mind is our priority.

5 Reasons Why Pricing Transparency Matters to High-Net-Worth Clients

A common misconception about affluent people is that they don’t worry about their expenses. On the contrary, not only do they worry about the entirety of their financial picture – costs and spending included – but many of them like to be intimately involved with the management and strategy surrounding their wealth. Perhaps most importantly, these clients need to feel that they can trust the people they work with to provide not only accurate and timely information, but also the security and confidentiality they require.

Nobody likes surprises when it comes to expenses, and high-net-worth individuals are no exception. These clients want to understand the pricing of services upfront. Providers will lose a lot of trust and credibility if they hide fees or sneak in any “gotcha” charges.

When reviewing pricing – and the value of the services you provide – with high-net-worth clients, it is crucial to be straightforward and open about any costs they might incur.

Here we list the top 5 reasons why pricing transparency matters to HNWI clients – and why it should matter to you.

Reason #1: Confidence

Pricing transparency helps build trust and confidence in the client and outsourced provider relationship by demonstrating openness and honesty. When clients understand what they are paying for and why, they are more likely to have faith in their advisors. This in turn can pave the way for a long and successful working relationship.

Reason #2: Clarity

Clarity is a vital aspect of any type of communication and with any relationship – especially one in which you are trying to build trust. When well-defined and transparent pricing information is provided, your clients (or prospective clients) will have a clear understanding of your costs so that they can better evaluate your services. There should be no hidden fees or surprises. When the cost of the services you charge for is clear, you help to eliminate any misunderstandings while strengthening your relationship with your clients.

Reason #3: Comparison

Part of evaluating any new service involves speaking with different providers and gaining an understanding of who they are, what they provide, and what value they offer. Without knowing precisely the cost of these services, it is impossible to compare the different options accurately. Additionally, providing context around industry standards and benchmarks related to your costs can be tremendously helpful. (Even if your costs are higher than the industry standard – this is your opportunity to explain why you charge a premium.)

Reason #4: Conflict {Avoidance}

Transparency in pricing can help mitigate conflicts of interest in the wealth management industry. When clients know how their advisors and service providers are compensated, they can better assess whether any recommendations are driven by their best interests and not by financial incentives. When advisors and service providers are transparent in their costs it can reduce the likelihood of any recommendations that benefit them more than their clients. It also brings peace of mind to the client knowing that their best interests are the only elements factored into proposals and suggestions.

Reason #5: Loyal Clients

Proving clear, transparent, and easily understood pricing to high-net-worth clients also contributes to the stability and longevity of these relationships. When clients feel that they are treated fairly and that their advisors and service providers are upfront about costs, they are more likely to remain loyal clients and refer their peers. (And who doesn’t love a solid referral?)

At the end of the day, high-net-worth clients would like to understand exactly what services will be provided and exactly what the cost will be. Being upfront and providing clarity in costs will help to establish a strong foundation of trust for a long-term, successful relationship.

Get the Financial Clarity and High-Touch Support You Need: Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to explore how Plumb’s expertise can elevate your bill pay and accounting experience. Let us tailor solutions to meet your unique financial goals, providing the clarity and specialized attention your wealth deserves.


See Your Fortune Clearly: High-Tech Wealth Visualization for High-Net-Worth Individuals

Navigating the complex financial landscape of high-net-worth individuals can be like piloting a yacht through dark and uncharted waters.

The complexity of their finances is driven by their large and varied assets and income streams, sophisticated investment strategies, and higher-than-typical monthly expenses. The need for a streamlined and transparent view into the finances of HNWIs, specifically where their money is coming from and going to each month, is critical. Without this, it is nearly impossible to make sound and strategic financial decisions.

And this is where the importance – and benefits of – digital dashboards come into play.

What are digital dashboards?

Digital dashboards are a user-friendly way to present data and financial information. They provide high-net-worth clients and their advisors with an uncomplicated way to check their financial performance while offering the option to drill down into the details of specific entities, assets, or expenses – anything that the client or their advisor is interested in seeing in greater detail.

Why use a digital dashboard?

There are many benefits to utilizing digital dashboards – especially for HNWI. We have listed the top five benefits here:

  • Clarity: Provides a clear overview of wealth that allows clients and advisors to visualize total assets, liabilities, cash flow, and net worth. (The dashboard on the proprietary Plumb Bill Pay App also provides a balance snapshot and a list of upcoming payment commitments.)
  • Convenience: Gives the client and advisor the convenience of real-time updates, removing the concern of looking at data that is already outdated.
  • Access: A mobile app, like the Plumb Bill Pay App, delivers access to financials on the go – anytime, anywhere.
  • Customization: Offers personalized and customized data and reporting so the client can see precisely what they want and need to see – the information that is most important to them. This customization eliminates the need for clients and advisors to pick through data they do not want or need, and it eliminates the need for them to request additional data that has not been provided.
  • Comprehension: Presents financial data in an easy-to-understand layout making the essential information clear and accessible for all levels of financial expertise.

Digital dashboards cut through the complexity of HNWI finances, offering instant clarity and streamlined management. Their visual data formats empower clients and advisors to see the flow of money, make informed decisions, and maximize wealth.

With Plumb you can have access to your bill pay data – anytime, anywhere. Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to learn more about our bill pay app and how Plumb can help you and your clients focus on the big picture, while we focus on your bill pay and accounting needs.

Advanced Threat Detection for High-Net-Worth Clients: A Proactive Approach

High-net-worth clients (HNWIs) possess highly sensitive financial information and assets, making them attractive and common targets for cyberattacks – and these attacks are only becoming more advanced and sophisticated. Strong digital security is crucial to protect their data and privacy.

Plumb has decades of experience protecting the security and privacy of our high-net-worth clients. In this document, we review the methods and processes Plumb has put in place to reduce risk and ensure data protection in a world where cyber threats are increasing and continually evolving. We also include important recommendations and best practices which should be employed to protect high-net-worth clients.

Rising Sophistication of Threats

Implementing basic security practices is effective in reducing risk and securing data; however, due to ever evolving cyber threats and the increased use of artificial intelligence (AI), it is critical to use advanced tools and methods to provide additional protection. Early phishing attacks were relatively easy to identify:

  • Obvious subject lines like, “You’ve won a prize” or “update your password” were common.
  • Poor grammar and misspelled words.
  • Generic salutation/introduction.
  • Request for immediate or urgent response.

However, the sophistication of phishing email attacks and campaigns have greatly increased with new technologies and AI. Today, most people can be easily tricked into opening and acting upon phishing emails because the messages appear to be authentic and legitimate. Due to the increased sophistication, it is important to always abide by the following guidelines when opening/processing e-mail:

  • Always be alert when reviewing e-mail.
  • Verify the sender’s e-mail address.
  • Be suspicious of messages that are demanding an urgent response.
  • Never click on embedded links.

Forward suspicious messages (as an attachment) to your IT team for analysis. New attacks exploit vulnerabilities in outdated technologies and procedures, which is why it’s more important than ever to update security platforms and protocols – and to stay vigilant.

Practical Security Measures

Training Staff

Providing staff with regularly scheduled Information Security (IS) training is crucial in the protection against cyber threats and data compromises. These training sessions need to be current, providing members with information on the latest threats and security techniques and methods to avoid attacks. The training enhances awareness, promotes safe and secure behaviors, and equips members with the knowledge to both identify and mitigate security risks.  Frontline staff and their IT team must work closely together to minimize risk and maximize data protection.

Secure Password Management

Utilizing online password storage platforms like Keeper, which employ zero-knowledge encryption and multi-factor authentication (MFA), protects login credentials and other sensitive information. These secure online tools allow users to use unique, highly complex passwords which cannot be easily memorized. Zero-knowledge encryption protects data with a master password which is known and maintained by the end-user alone. Neither the admin nor the platform developer has access to the user’s password or data. This type of encryption provides numerous benefits: reduces risks from data breaches, insider threats, or unethical practices; even if a service is hacked, your encrypted data remains secure, and it helps meet industry standards related to strict data privacy regulations.

Advanced Threat Detection

Advanced threat detection goes beyond basic antivirus software by using smarter tools and techniques to identify and stop sophisticated cyberattacks before they cause harm. Utilizing cloud-based firewalls with intrusion detection systems allows early identification of unauthorized access attempts, password guessing, and port scans.

Secure Cloud Migration

Shifting from a private cloud to a well-established platform like SharePoint OneDrive simplifies access while offering robust security features and data collaboration options.

Layered Security Solutions

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Mandatory MFA adds an extra layer of protection beyond basic user credentials like usernames and passwords. A properly configured MFA reduces fraudulent sign-ins, system compromises, and account takeovers by 99%. MFA is a powerful tool that strengthens security and fosters trust in the digital world. It is a simple but effective way to significantly enhance online security and protect valuable information.

Microsoft Security Suite

Leveraging Microsoft Defender for endpoint and server protection, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for sensitive information detection, and email encryption ensures comprehensive security of emails and data. Microsoft Defender scans all incoming messages and quarantines threats before they reach the user’s computer. The individual computers include their own anti-malware scanners for additional protection.

Plumb utilizes Data Loss Prevention to scan outgoing emails for sensitive information like social security numbers or wire transfer instruction. Messages which contain sensitive information are returned to the sender with instructions on how to enforce message encryption.

Least Privilege Access Control

Granting access to systems and data on a “need-to-know” basis minimizes potential exposure and strengthens overall security posture. At Plumb we have implemented processes with clearly defined separation of duties in the requesting, configuration, and verification of permissions.  This process includes a verification step where permissions are audited and verified on a periodic basis, ensuring that user’s access is restricted to a “need-to-know” basis.

By implementing both practical and layered security measures, by staying on the cutting-edge of cybersecurity, and through consistent updating and auditing of the systems and procedures in place, team members working with HNWI clients are reducing the risk of cyberattacks and safeguarding our clients’ valuable information in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Discover the Plumb Advantage: Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to explore how Plumb’s expertise and state-of-the-art security and privacy protocols can deliver peace of mind. Let us tailor solutions to meet your unique financial goals, providing the specialized attention your wealth deserves.

Bill Pay Freedom for Your HNWI Clients: 5 Steps to Choosing the Right Bill Payment Solution

As a financial advisor, you understand the time and stress your HNWI clients face managing their complex financial affairs. Bill payments often become a burden, eroding their valuable time and focus.

But what if there was a way to free them from this tedious task? Here are some key factors to consider when choosing the right bill payment service for your HNWI clients, empowering them to focus on what truly matters.

  1. Partner with a Trusted Expert

Look for a provider with a proven track record serving HNWI clients, like Plumb. Established in 1996, we possess the expertise and experience necessary to navigate the intricacies of high-net-worth finances.

  1. Prioritize Security and Personalization

Your clients’ data security is paramount. Choose a service with robust security protocols and encryption, ensuring their privacy and financial information remain safeguarded. Additionally, seek a provider offering customized solutions that cater to each client’s unique needs and preferences.

  1. Embrace Technological Innovation

Technology plays a crucial role in efficient bill management. Explore platforms that are user-friendly and intuitive, like Plumb’s proprietary bill pay app, designed specifically for HNWI needs.

  1. Transparency is Key

Clear communication regarding fees and value propositions is essential. Choose a service that transparently communicates its pricing structure and demonstrates the tangible benefits it offers your clients.

  1. Seamless Integration and Ongoing Support

A smooth transition is critical. Opt for a service that seamlessly integrates with your clients’ existing financial team, including accountants, attorneys, and estate planners. Plumb fosters collaboration and ensures a smooth onboarding process.

Unburden Your Clients and Empower Their Financial Future

By choosing the right bill payment service, you can free your HNWI clients from the burden of mundane tasks, allowing them to focus on their financial goals and personal priorities.

Let Plumb take care of the bills while you concentrate on building your clients’ financial wealth and well-being. Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to learn more about how Plumb can help you and your clients focus on what you both want to focus on – and leave the bill payment to us.

Plumb Bill Pay + Sage Intacct Use Cases for Family Offices

Plumb provides financial clarity and peace of mind to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients and the family offices that manage their wealth.

We know the following is true:

  • Consolidated financial reporting is crucial for family offices managing the wealth of multiple family members or multiple generations of a family.
  • Automated accounting processes for those with complex financial transactions provides efficiency and transparency.
  • Compliance and audit support for family offices is critical.

Plumb helps Family Offices with accounting needs.

We have decades of experience helping family offices manage their accounting needs. We’d love to help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to schedule time to speak with Anneke Stender, our EVP, at your convenience.

Family Office Services Outsourcing: The Ultimate Audit Checklist

Finding the right outsourced family office service provider can be challenging enough, but once that decision is made, how do you know if you’ve made the right choice? And what steps can you take to ensure that your needs and goals are being met?

At Plumb we pride ourselves on providing clarity in accounting and stewardship in service for our high-net-worth bill pay and accounting clients (and their trusted advisors). This guides everything we do – from our seamless client onboarding process to our ongoing check-ins and accurate, customized reporting.

Here we take you through our top 5 recommendations for monitoring the effectiveness of your outsourced family office bill pay and accounting provider. Use this simple checklist to ensure that you are getting the service you need from your outsourced firm.

  1. Clarity

Working with an outsourced service – regardless of what that service is – should provide you with clarity. When it comes to bill pay and accounting, clarity is paramount. But what do we mean by clarity? It’s not just about having organized spreadsheets and balanced books. It’s about seeing the story behind the numbers: understanding where your money comes from, where it goes, and why. This clarity will help pave the way for successful wealth management and maintenance.

  1. Communication

A key component to any solid and productive relationship is communication. This is no different when thinking about your relationship with your outsourced service providers. Do you feel like you are kept up to date on everything you need to know about? Are your emails and calls responded to with urgency? Does the team working with you understand your goals, your needs, and your expectations? Are the updates and reports they provide clear and well-explained? If you answer “no” to any of these questions, you should address this with your outsourced firm to see what can be adjusted.

  1. Access

How easy is it for you to get the data and information that you need? Does your outsourced service provider have an app (like the Plumb proprietary bill pay app) that you can access anytime, from anywhere? What about customer support access? How much access do you have to the team handling your account?

  1. Comprehension

Do you feel that you understand what this outsourced service provider is responsible for, as well as any data and information that they are sharing with you? Are they sending updated and timely reports? Better yet, do you have access to a digital dashboard where you can view the data you need, in the way you want to view it?

  1. Peace of Mind

At the end of the day, are you able to relax and rest easy knowing that your bill pay and accounting needs are being met? That you don’t have to worry about keeping track of due dates and cash flow because your outsourced team is on top of it? The ultimate goal for any outsourced service provider is to alleviate the daily stress and worry their clients face. At Plumb, we want our clients to focus on the things in life they enjoy and love – and to leave the bill pay and accounting details up to us. We’ve got it covered.

Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to explore how Plumb’s expertise can elevate your bill pay and accounting experience. Let us tailor solutions to meet your unique financial goals, providing the specialized attention your wealth deserves.

Illuminating the Accounting of Art, Collectibles, and Luxury Assets

There are people who invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds or real estate; and then there are people who invest in more unique assets. These assets can range from photographs and paintings to jewelry and classic cars. More often than not, this is born out of a true love for these items. That they may hold extraordinarily high values is just the cherry on top.

With Plumb’s decades of experience helping high-net-worth clients and their trusted advisors with their bill pay and accounting needs, we are very familiar with the best practices of the reporting and accounting requirements related to these special assets.

Here are some of the ways we work with clients and their luxury assets:

Art or Car Collections

  • It is recommended that clients that have art or classic car collections should itemize every piece or vehicle in the collection.
  • These items may also be held in separate entities – especially if clients do a lot of buying and selling. We may recommend the use of Sage Intacct to make use of their dimensions for ease of tracking. Otherwise, we can utilize subaccounts in QuickBooks.
  • If a client loans a piece or a collection to a museum, a loan agreement is needed, and we will help coordinate with the insurance company. The museum is responsible for the insurance of the piece(s) while it’s in their possession, and when returned, the insurance again needs to be updated.
  • If an appraisal is conducted, we will coordinate with the appraiser to receive the report on both the inventory and assigned values.


  • Jewelry is not always itemized since most clients have a rider on their home policy up to a certain amount that can cover this type of asset. However, we recommend itemizing if clients have more valuable jewels or watches.
  • As with art or car collections, if the client requests an appraisal, we’ll receive the report directly from the appraiser.

At the end of the day, our goal is to accurately itemize these unique, luxury assets for insurance purposes, and they are tracked separately for accounting reasons. And our clients usually just want to ensure that they – and their children and grandchildren – can enjoy these magnificent possessions for a long time to come.

Take the Next Step Towards Financial Ease and Clarity: Contact us at sales@thinkplumb.com to discuss how our outsourced bill payment and accounting services can help you accurately itemize and report on your luxury assets. Your peace of mind is our priority.