Digital Wallets and HNWI: Balancing Convenience with Security in Mobile Payments

For high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), while convenience and saving time is valued highly, when it comes to managing their finances, security is one of the most important concerns. Digital wallets have emerged as a popular option for mobile payments, offering a blend of both convenience and security. However, for wealthy individuals, the question remains: do digital wallets offer the right balance of these two critical factors?

 

Let’s first define a digital wallet. According to Investopedia, a digital wallet is a financial application that allows you to store funds, make transactions, and track payment histories on devices like phones and tablets. So, think in terms of Apple Pay, Google Pay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle – to name a few.

 

Digital wallets offer advantages that are particularly appealing to high-net-worth-individuals:

  • They allow users to store multiple payment methods in one secure location, eliminating the need to carry around a bulky wallet full of cards.
  • Payments can be made quickly and easily with just a tap or a click, streamlining the checkout process both online and in-store.
  • Many digital wallets offer features such as loyalty programs and bill pay, further simplifying financial management.

 

Despite the convenience they offer, digital wallets also raise security concerns for HNWIs. Some of these concerns include:

  • Data breaches: If a digital wallet provider is hacked, the financial information of its users could be compromised.
  • Malware: Malicious software can be used to steal data from digital wallets or even take control of them altogether.
  • Loss or theft of devices: If a high-net-worth individual’s phone or other device that stores their digital wallet is lost or stolen, their financial information could be at risk.

 

In light of these concerns, there are a number of steps that can be taken to mitigate the security risks associated with digital wallets:

  • Choose a reputable provider: Use a digital wallet from a well-established company with a strong track record of security.
  • Enable strong authentication: Use strong passwords, PINs, multi-factor authentication (MFA), or even biometric authentication (such as fingerprint or facial recognition) to secure your digital wallet.
  • Keep your software up to date: Make sure your phone and digital wallet app are always up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Monitor your transactions: Regularly review your digital wallet transactions for any suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious about public Wi-Fi: Avoid using public Wi-Fi to access your digital wallet, as this could make it easier for hackers to steal your information.

 

The Future of Digital Wallets for HNWIs

 

As digital wallet technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more features and security enhancements designed to address the concerns of HNWIs. However, the bad actors and fraud-perpetrators out there are also becoming more savvy and sophisticated making security vigilance a top priority for high-net-worth individuals and those who help manage their finances.

 

Digital wallets offer a convenient way for HNWIs to manage their finances. By taking appropriate precautions, HNWIs can minimize the risks and enjoy the benefits of this innovative technology.

 

Expense Tracking for Wealthy Individuals: Tools and Strategies for Comprehensive Financial Oversight

For high-net-worth individuals, managing finances extends beyond simply tracking income and expenses. It’s about gaining comprehensive oversight of a complex financial landscape that may include investments, trusts, real estate, and more. In this context, meticulous expense tracking becomes an essential tool for informed decision-making, optimizing wealth preservation, and achieving financial goals.

 

Let’s start with the basics. Why track expenses?

 

Expense tracking for wealthy individuals offers several unique advantages:

 

  • Identify spending patterns. Track where your money goes, from regular bills to occasional indulgences. This reveals areas for potential cost-cutting or strategic reallocation of funds.
  • Monitor asset performance. Track the specific expenses related to various assets like vacation homes, yachts, or art collections.
  • Inform investment decisions. Understanding spending habits can help to guide investment strategies. If you know how – and how much – is being spent, you can better determine the types of investments you should be making.
  • Catch mistakes before they happen. With exact and itemized expenses, it’s easy to spot something that doesn’t look right.
  • Ensure tax compliance. Accurate expense records are crucial for tax preparation and audits, especially for charitable giving. When expense tracking is set up properly it can help save both time and money with tax preparation.
  • Achieve financial goals. Tracking expenses against set goals, like saving for a second home or philanthropy, keeps you on track.

 

There are also a few effective expense tracking strategies that we suggest to all our high-net-worth clients.

 

  • Set clear goals. Define your financial objectives and tailor your expense tracking to monitor progress towards them.
  • Choose the right tools. Select a tool that aligns with your needs, preferences, and level of financial complexity. For example, the Plumb Bill Pay app is a great tool for providing clarity into finances.
  • Categorize meticulously. Create custom categories to accurately reflect your spending patterns and identify areas for improvement. At Plumb, we create the categories that best suit our clients’ needs so they can see their expenses exactly how they want to see them.
  • Review regularly. Schedule regular time to analyze your spending data and identify trends or areas for adjustments. Plumb provides customized reporting to our clients, as frequently as they need, with as much detail as they want.
  • Seek professional guidance. Consult a financial advisor or wealth manager for personalized recommendations and strategies, and seek outsourced bill payment and accounting support – like the experts at Plumb – to ensure effective management of your expenses.

 

Remember, expense tracking is about gaining valuable insights into your financial behavior, making informed decisions, and ultimately, achieving your long-term financial goals. By embracing effective tracking strategies and utilizing the right tools, wealthy individuals can transform expense management from a chore into a powerful tool for financial empowerment.

 

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

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.

 

Family Office Services | FAQ | Plumb Family Office Accounting

Family Office Services from Plumb Family Office Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions…

The family office services of Plumb Family Office Accounting were developed to help clients navigate through their complex financial life.  By providing personal financial management with consolidated reports and timely bill pay, it gives a clear picture of our client’s wealth and the analysis needed to implement financial, estate and tax planning strategies.

Q:  Is there a minimum net-worth to become a Plumb Family Office Accounting client?

Answer: No. We believe that comprehensive, timely and accurate information gives our clients true control of their wealth, regardless of net-worth.  By getting into the habit of tracking income and expenses, it helps our clients in their wealth creation stage by following a financial plan to accumulate long-term savings and retirement goals.

A typical Plumb client has a net-worth ranging from $10 million to $150 million and sees the value in our service if they have a complex financial life, complete with multifaceted undertakings, such as alternative investments, corporate entities, private equity, international exposure, and collective properties.

Success Stories: Plumb Family Office Accounting Clients

Q:  What is the difference between Plumb Family Office Accounting and a single-family office?

Answer: Plumb Family Office Accounting creates a virtual family office by providing family office services to include personal accounting, bookkeeping and reporting with controller-level insight on a part-time basis or as-needed.

Single-family offices are typically set-up with full-time accounting staff, including a CFO, staff accountants, CPA and a team of attorneys.

By having a virtual or remote family office with Plumb, clients receive the financial data and organizational structure they need without having to hire a full team of advisors on their payroll.  Plumb Family Office Accounting works in conjunction with the trusted advisors of each client and provides financial data to the team to make better estate, tax and financial planning decisions.

Read: Top Ways that Plumb Family Office Accounting works with Trusted Advisors

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Q:  Does Plumb Family Office Accounting manage their client’s wealth or recommend financial strategies?

Answer:  No. We do not advise or manage wealth, do taxes, or financial planning. We prepare comprehensive reports for clients and their advisors to see a holistic view of assets, including the performance of all investments, statement of cash flow, and net-worth statement.

View samples of personal financial reports created by Plumb

Q: What is the pricing structure of family office services by Plumb Family Office Accounting?

Answer: The price varies depending on the complexity of the family’s wealth and reporting needs.  For most clients, we charge a fixed-fee engagement on transaction-based pricing. In order to come up with a pricing structure, we calculate how many bills to be paid, accounts reconciled and the frequency of their reporting needs (monthly, quarterly or annually).

Typically, our clients pay between $2,000 and $4,000 per month for family office services with the minimum engagement being $1,000 per month.  Every client undergoes an annual fee review to see if there have been any changes in the scope of work throughout the year.

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Q:  Do you provide any other family office services besides personal reporting, accounting and bill pay?

Answer:  Since the majority of our clients lead busy lives, we’ve added outsourced concierge and personal assistant services.  These are customizable based on the family’s need and can range from property management services to booking travel and restaurant reservations, household employee payroll and basic mail pick-up and distribution.  Another example of outsourced concierge is relocation assistance, a project-based engagement in order to help manage and organize a personal move.

See list of outsourced personal assistant services

Q:  Does a client need to be located in Southern California to work with Plumb?

Answer: No, all the financial reporting and bill pay engagements are handled electronically with cloud-based assistance.  Plumb Family Office Accounting uses technology to facilitate bill pay and A/P work flow with a client login system to access reports and status updates.

We offer complete account protection and robust security measures to protect your information from unauthorized access. All confidential information is stored in a data center with multiple levels of security and can only be accessed by Plumb and you or your designated representative. All sensitive information is encrypted and uploaded to your private portal. Two-factor authentication to login to portal further safeguards your accounts and information

Plumb has staff located on both the west coast and east coast time zones to accommodate nationwide and international clients.

Q:  Who is handling the relationship with Plumb Family Office Accounting clients?

Answer:  Plumb takes a team approach for each engagement.  Every client has a main point of contact, a Client Relationship Manager, who oversees a team of junior and senior staff accountants.  The team approach is more cost-effective for the client, as each transaction is mapped in our task management software, and is broken down on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.

There is a centralized client communication portal set up via email, so the team has access to client-specific information and requests.  This ensures dependability and consistency if an accountant is out of the office, needs approval or controller-level insight.

Q:  How can I be assured that my financial information is kept confidential and secure?

Answer: Plumb has been in business since 1996 and has a long history of continuity and confidentiality. We are fully bonded and all employees have to pass a background check before they are hired. With every engagement and task, it is handled with the utmost discretion and attention to detail.

We respect the privacy of our Plumb Family Office Accounting clients and take great measures to protect it.  We ensure compliance with best practices and internal control procedures, different levels of approval and password protection.  Our solid system of checks and balances gives our clients reassurance in the integrity and security of their private information and financial data.

Q:  I have a special project that requires assistance on a one-time basis.  Can Plumb Family Office Accounting help?

Answer:  Yes, we can accommodate short-term engagements and project work.  For example, Plumb Family Office Accounting works with divorce attorneys and their clients who are going through a divorce settlement and need help analyzing and tracking expenses to finalize child and alimony support.

Case Study: Divorce Client

Q:  How is the family bill pay set-up?

Answer: We have created a 4-step bill pay process with segregation of duties and different levels of approval.

  1. Client Associate pays bills
  2. Vice President reviews and signs checks
  3. Client Associate reconciles bank account
  4. Client Relationship Manager reviews bank statements

The family bill pay process is first established with the creation of a financial calendar of due dates and vendor information sheet.

View: Family Bill Pay Services: Organize your Financial Life.

Success Stories – Family Bill Pay 

How can you help with organizing for year-end and tax planning purposes?

Answer: We assist our clients to compile the annual tax organizer for their CPA.  Creating this comprehensive, audit-proof package allows to maximize standard deductions, as well as, allows for the CPA to be more cost effective.

Additionally, we provide the CPA with quarterly reports to adjust estimated tax payments as needed to avoid annual penalties and interest charges with the IRS or Franchise Tax Board.

Learn More: Plumb Family Office Accounting Annual Tax Organizer

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Prioritizing Family Life & Business: An Interview with Anneke Stender

Top Ways to Handle Family Life and Business with a Busy Lifestyle

Several responsibilities can cause stress and anxiety in family life and business.  It can be hard to find the right balance between organizing family life events and getting year-end ready with clients and other commitments at work.

Here is a list of reminders and quick tips to keep things in perspective in your busy life:

  • Schedule: Plan smaller tasks and meetings than normal.  Time management is key and keeping a clear overview of due dates on your calendar.
  • Disconnect: When spending time with your family, make it a priority to unplug from work emails and calls.  Keep everyone informed ahead of time about your unavailability or absence, and let them know when you’ll be reconnecting.
  • Plan time for yourself: It can be exhausting to keep everything going, so taking time for yourself will rejuvenate you later.
  • Avoid talking business with family or friends when they do not ask.  However, it can be helpful to discuss certain topics and events with the most important people in your life to let them know what’s going on.
  • Clear communication: Set fixed times for family and work, so both sides can count on you.  Be fully present during those time blocks, so you’re focusing on one thing at a time.
  • Work when everyone is sleeping: getting up before the family wakes up or staying up after they go to sleep, so it doesn’t conflict with family time.
  • Delegate and trust others: bring in additional resources who can help you avoid stress.

An Interview with Anneke Stender

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With all your responsibilities at Plumb, how do you deal with upcoming family events and all the organization and planning?

Planning ahead and calendaring everything is essential for me.  I plan out the weeks and month very detailed in my corporate calendar, so nothing gets lost and everyone knows if I’m free or not. I always mark events or tasks that are not negotiable in red, so my assistant can plan and schedule meetings around those times.

Overall, the less time I have available, the more efficient I can be.  I focus on the really important things and delegate the rest to others.  I am thankful to have a great team at Plumb behind me that I count on, so I have enough time for my family.

How do you handle work during the days you are spending time with your family?  Are there any rules you set?

When I spend time with my family, I turn off my email notifications.  I want to avoid pop-up messages on my phone, so I am fully present to focus that time with my girls and my husband. I dedicate 100% to one thing at a time.

When I visit my family in Germany, I am totally unplugged from work for the duration of the trip.  Sometimes I feel that going overseas makes it easier to enjoy the time off, because I am distancing myself from work with different time zones.

Clear communication upfront towards everyone at work and from my family is the key for making this work. By setting fixed times, my availability for family and work is clear, so both sides can count on me.

What is your favorite time and place for getting work done?

My most productive time is early in the morning.  I usually wake up at 4:30AM and start checking and responding to emails in bed, then I start getting ready for work.  When the children are sleeping, I have time to work without distraction.  However, I mostly spend working time in the office in La Jolla or Orange County.

What do you do to avoid stress and how do you boost your energy levels this time of year?

Even if I only have an hour a day, I block it off in my calendar.  Pilates helps me to relax from time to time, however, I still struggle on getting better to take time for myself.  In addition, it’s always helpful to seek outside help, such as a nanny on special occasions or counting on someone to help with recurring tasks.

As a successful business leader and mother, who inspires you?

Sheryl Sandberg.  I just finished reading her second book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. I have so much respect and admiration for her and how she handles her life.

How Plumb Family Office Accounting Can Help with your Family Life + Business Throughout the Year

Recurring tasks like bill payment or handling with taxes at the end of the year, and general organization and planning take an immense amount of valuable time. Save this time and effort with the help from additional resources to spend it with your family and friends or use to refueling your energy.

Plumb Family Office Accounting excels at high-net-worth accounting and financial consulting by applying a controller-level’s financial insight to managing personal finances.

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Keys to a Successful Onboarding of a High-Net-Worth Client

The “White-Glove” Experience of a High-Net-Worth Client Starts at Onboarding for Plumb Family CFO

The onboarding of a high-net-worth client sets the tone of the entire relationship according to Plumb Family CFO, which provides family bill pay, consolidated personal reporting and cash flow management services exclusively to the high-net-worth.  As you can image, there is a lot of financial data and vendor information to collect upfront in order to provide these services, so Plumb Family CFO has developed a system to make the onboarding process easier.  It’s simple; it starts with a conversation and customized approach.  White-Glove: marked by special care of attention: meticulous | white-glove service.

“By taking the time to schedule a meeting and get on the phone with a new client or their designated assistant, it makes a huge difference,” said Robert Scherer, President of Plumb. “By walking them through the details and getting answers over the phone, it’s much more efficient than just sending over stacks of paperwork in hopes that it eventually gets filled out correctly,” he said.

Plumb Family CFO has been working with high-net-worth clients for many years, ranging from busy entrepreneurs and investors to even busier affluent families.  They decide to utilize the services of Plumb to make their financial life easier, so onboarding should be as painless as possible. The process for a client to be formally onboarded can happen quicker with the help of a personal assistant or their single family office team. To help answer questions upfront, here is a list of FAQ.

Before starting a new relationship with a prospective high-net-worth client, Plumb sets the expectations of the onboarding lifecycle upfront.  After the initial information is gathered, it is immediately entered into a task-specific software system, complete with a financial calendar of due dates. Within 30 – 60 days, the family bill pay service is fully automated and operates on an ongoing basis.

High-Net-Worth Client Onboarding Process for Plumb Bill Pay:

Plumb has a Client Relationship Manager that leads the efforts for a new client onboarding. With a sense of ownership over a new account, the tasks get taken care of by one dedicated team member. During the duration of the setup phase, Plumb provides weekly status updates with the client or family office team in regards of the progress and items needed to finalize the transition. By having a conversation with the prospective high-net-worth client, Plumb can identify their reporting and transactional needs.

Step 1: Request for information – Gather client details

Step 2: Determine invoice approval process

  • Setup for invoices to be received via email or Plumb-specific PO box
  • Frequency of bill pay
  • Set thresholds and parameters for recurring bills
  • Limits for signing authority

Step 3: Create reporting requirements

Step 4: Plumb to prepare new client schedules – Setup system map into internal task management software

  • Calendar of financial due dates
  • Client insurance schedule
  • List of assets (properties, funds, etc.) that require bill payment/capital calls
  • List of loans that require bill payment

Step 5: Plumb to prepare electronic filing procedure

  • Create remote access or read-only access to documents on accounting software
  • Ability to produce customized reports to download

Sample of Onboarding Reports for Bill Pay Services

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Bill Pay Process

Once the onboarding phase is complete, Plumb will engage in the following tasks on a weekly/monthly basis:

  • Bill payment
  • Vendor management
  • Bank and credit card reconciliations
  • Track all bills / due dates in proprietary task management software
  • Monthly cash flow reporting
  • Ad hoc reporting (i.e. GL detail reports)
  • Customized reporting for trusted advisors  – Read: Top Ways that Plumb Works with Trusted Advisors
  • 1099/1096 filings
  • Year end reconciliations and general ledger review
  • Supply supporting documents for taxable deductions to the CPA

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Family Bill Pay Services: Organize Your Financial Life

Family Bill Pay Services | Personal Bill Pay by Plumb Family Office Accounting

Family bill pay services is a featured offering of Plumb Family CFO.  Depending on need and the complexity of your financial affairs, family or personal bill pay can be a stand alone service or used in conjunction with financial reporting, budgeting or expense tracking.  See full list of services. 

As a professional and reliable firm, in business for over 20 years, Plumb sets up processes and procedures to execute family bill pay.  It first starts with collecting bills and vendor information, resulting in a comprehensive list of vendor and account information.  In the client setup phase, a financial calendar of due dates and bill payment procedures are produced.  Not only are your bills paid on a timely basis, but monitored, reconciled, and reviewed.

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“Thank you for all that you have done for my family.  Your team is proactive and trustworthy and has provided us with such great confidence now that our finances are in order.  What a relief!” – High-Net-Worth Family Bill Pay Client 

 Why Use Family Bill Pay Services?

  • Do you have too many bills to keep track of all the time?
  • Do you want to spend more time with your family and enjoy your wealth?
  • Are you a frequent traveler and need help paying your bills while out of town?
  • Are you disorganized or overwhelmed with paperwork and financial organization?
  • Is anyone in your family suffering from an age- or disability-related challenge?

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Bill Payment Procedure:

Plumb Family CFO created a 4-step bill payment process with segregation of duties and different levels of review. By following checks and balances, clients can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their assets and bills are being monitored by an independent firm with a long history of continuity and confidentiality.

 

Financial Calendar of Due Dates:

Vendor Information Sheet: In order for Plumb Family CFO to handle the bill pay services of clients, information is collected at the beginning of the engagement, including a comprehensive list of vendors and account information.

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Personal Vendor List: A detailed chart of all incoming bills, divided by property is set up.  This vendor list is used as a reference  for each bill, with due dates, payment methods and any special notes.

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Financial and Administrative Calendar of Due Dates: This report tracks bills that occur during a quarterly, yearly or semi-annual basis.

Could your family benefit from Plumb bill pay services?  Fill out this form for a customized pricing quote.

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Five Signs That You Need a Back-Office Family CFO

What is a Back-Office Family CFO?

At Plumb Family CFO, our idea of a “Back-Office Family CFO” is a team of outsourced accountants who handle the financial reporting, bill pay, and cash flow management of a high-net-worth family, rather than having one single Family CFO who takes care of all the tasks associated with a complicated financial life.  A back-office Family CFO, using the Plumb Family CFO approach typically works off-site to handle the accounting and bill pay work remotely, yet still delivers accurate and timely financial information to the client.

Here is a list of five signs that you need a Back-Office Family CFO:

1. Missing due dates and incurring late payments.

You become overwhelmed with the amount of mail received on a daily basis and the pile of bills and due dates keep stacking up.  With so many properties, automobiles, credit card statements, household employees and recurring bills, they are hard to keep track of and get paid in a timely fashion.  Any incurred late payments can lead to damaging credit scores.

Plumb Family CFO offers comprehensive bill pay services for families and individuals.  We oversee your monthly expenses, initiate payments, reconcile your accounts and track your credit card statements.  That way, you never miss a bill and have your credit cards monitored at the same time.  We also provide weekly or monthly cash flow reports, so you know exactly how much cash is coming in and how much cash is being paid out.

Want to learn more about the family bill pay service offered by Plumb?  Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.  Ready for a quote? Answer these questions and we can prepare a proposal based on the amount of accounts to track and bills to pay.  Request a Quote

2. Trouble with keeping track of multiple entities, investments, rental properties and trusts.

You may be the head of the household, but it feels like you a running a multimillion dollar company.  With great wealth comes great responsibility.  Your family’s financial life is complex with multi-faceted undertakings, such as corporate entities, private equity, international exposure, homes and rental properties, and alternative investments. This is a sign that you need help with your personal accounting needs.

Plumb Family CFO delivers financial peace of mind by helping affluent families organize, coordinate and navigate through their financial affairs.  Working in partnership with the family’s team of trusted advisors, we provide the highest quality data and financial reporting to establish a complete view of your assets and financial holdings.

See examples of personal financial reports & analysis that we provide:

  • Statement of Cash Flow
  • Net Worth Statement
  • Family Monthly Budget
  • Vacation/Second Home Expenses
  • Bill Pay Reports

3. You do not have a clear picture of your wealth.

With so many investment accounts, credit card statements and bank accounts, it’s hard to see a clear view of overall wealth.  At Plumb Family CFO, we work with your personal financial team to gather all the information tied to your family’s assets and turn it into a one-page summary of net-worth.  The financial reports we provide are detailed, holistic, and customized to your preference. In order to make better decisions about your wealth, it is important to have up-to-date financial data.

Read: Retain your Family Wealth by Organizing your Financial Life

4. Financial paperwork is not organized for tax season.

Tax deadline is looming and your CPA is working frantically to gather all your necessary paperwork to calculate the right deductions and track all your income and expenses.  It’s costing your family more time and money working with your CPA, because you do not have your financial house in order.

Plumb Family CFO works with their high-net-worth clients to provide an Annual Tax Organizer which is an audit-proof package that allows for maximized standard deductions.  Additionally, we provide your CPA with quarterly reports to adjust estimated tax payments as needed to avoid annual penalties and interest charges from the IRS or Franchise Tax Board.

Learn More: Plumb Family CFO Annual Tax Organizer

5. Too much time is spent handling household finances and not enjoying your wealth.

A good amount of your free time is spent handling household finances and it has become too complex to track properly.  Your family has acquired a team of trusted advisors to help you handle the maze of legal issues, tax planning, and investments, yet you don’t have a consolidated view of your overall wealth.

Why not outsource your personal accounting and family bill pay needs to a trusted and reliable firm with over 20 years of experience working with affluent families and corporations?

See how these families benefited from engaging with Plumb, back-office Family CFO:

Back-Office Family CFO Services by Plumb

If any of these items on the list applies to you and your family, Plumb Family CFO can help.  We are not a wealth management firm and do not recommend investment strategies. We are not a CPA firm and do not file tax returns.  Simply put, we are a back-office Family CFO with a team of personal accountants that have experience working with high-net-worth and their specific needs.  Plumb Family CFO works in partnership with your financial team to provide the highest quality data to help them make better decisions about your wealth and financial planning.

Want to learn more?  Here is a list of the top frequently asked questions about the clients and services offered by Plumb Family CFO.  

Accounting Services Include:

  • Family bill pay – including mail management & vendor management
  • Producing monthly financial statements
  • Cash flow reporting
  • Personal financial reporting & analysis
  • Bank and credit card reconciliation
  • Investment account reconciliation
  • Budgeting services and reporting
  • Household employee payroll services
  • Foundation and trust accounting
  • Annual tax organizer for the CPA

Are you ready to take control of your financial life and start enjoying your wealth?

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Plumb Family CFO Asks: Who’s Managing your Wealth?

A top priority for affluent families is managing wealth.

To make things clear, Plumb Family CFO does not provide services that manage wealth or advise on investment strategies. Plumb Family CFO works with their client’s personal financial team to provide an accurate view of wealth through consolidated reports and financial statements.  Consistent communication with the family’s professional advisers leverages their total expertise and provides a backdrop to make better financial decisions to sustain wealth.

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In this article, written by Tony Robbins for MarketWatch, he gives his opinion on how to take charge of your money and managing wealth by knowing the difference between a financial adviser, broker-dealer and an independent registered investment adviser.  Go to Tony Robbins person website >> here

Managing Wealth: Considerations for Choosing a Financial Adviser

These statements are taken from a series of articles written by Tony Robbins who explains how to improve investment and personal-finance skills. Managing wealth is a complex topic and by knowing the answers to these questions it will help you learn the financial system better.

  1. What’s the difference between a Financial Adviser, Wealth Manager, or Investment Consultant vs. Registered Investment Adviser?
  2. Does the investment firm have an affiliation with a Broker-Dealer?
  3. Does the firm offer proprietary mutual funds or separately managed accounts?
  4. Does the firm receive any third-party compensation for recommending particular investments?
  5. Where is the money held?
  6. Does the firm offer any financial planning services beyond investment strategy or portfolio management?

Managing wealth can include various tasks outside of financial planning and investment.  This is where Plumb Family CFO can help by handling personal accounting services not provided by the client’s CPA or family office.  Read: “Top Ways that Plumb Family CFO Works with Trusted Advisers”

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