SMS Financial

California Disclosures

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Required by California Code of Regulation

California requires Investment Advisory Firms to disclose to clients and prospective clients the potential conflicts of interest between themselves and their client’s best interest (CCR Section 260.238(k)). A material conflict of interest exists when the firm, its representatives or its employees could reasonably be expected to be impaired in rendering unbiased or objective advice.  Conflicts of interest generally include compensation arrangements; other industry activities or affiliations or participation in client transactions.

SMS Financial LLC does not received additional compensation from other sources beyond the advisory fees for financial planning and investment management.  The investment advisory fee is quoted as an annual percentage of assets under management and is divided into a quarterly withdrawal based on the assets at the beginning of each quarter.  Financial planning fees are either hourly or at a flat rate as quoted in the advisory contract Neither SMS Financial LLC nor its advisory representative participates in client transactions, although they may own the parallel investments.

Financial Planning Conflict of Interest Statement

Required by California Code of Regulation

California also requires Investment Advisory Firms to disclose to prospective clients that potential conflicts of interest exist between themselves and their client’s best interest if they provide financial planning services and receive fees and/or commissions from the sale of securities, insurance, real estate or any other product or services recommended in a financial plan (CCR Section 260.235.2).

In the course of a financial planning engagement, the advisory representatives of SMS Financial LLC will make recommendations for asset management of securities through the services of SMS Financial LLC. SMS Financial LLC will receive fees for such asset management based on a percentage of the assets, generally around 1% and such fees will be fully disclosed prior to engagement of SMS Financial LLC. At no time is the client obligated to act on our recommendations and the client can choose to transact our recommendations through any other party.

We are committed to the highest level of ethical professional duty and we continually strive for integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness and diligence. We will always put the client’s best interest first and above our own interests and act with care and in good faith.


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