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A Decade – Looking Back and Forward

A Decade

In the mid-2000s, after working for large Wall Street firms for years, it became abundantly clear to us that the financial services industry was drowning in a sea of sameness. Real financial planning either didn’t exist or was nothing more than a mechanism to generate an asset allocation and sell products. Creativity was nonexistent, culture was focused on shareholder profits first and advisors were accountable to sales managers, not their clients.

We were unimpressed, to say the least—and very, very bored. So, we decided we really just didn’t want to be stuck in the vortex of the traditional, ubiquitous and undifferentiated financial services model.

In a word, or three, we were done.

That’s how Monument Wealth Management began—and before it became a full-on firm, it started the very day we decided to stop taking orders from a big corporation and instead focus on listening to and truly advising clients. A novel idea, that.

We envisioned a firm and a culture that would challenge the industry status quo by being the opposite of everything we wanted to escape —a firm that more closely resembled a creative design agency where the output is meticulously-crafted, creative financial advice that is easy to understand, actionable and measurable.

A firm where the most creative, smart, entrepreneurial, respected, and genuine people gathered each day to give financial advice to clients who truly valued it. An enduring employee-owned firm that would offer clients and their future generations real, focused financial advice through a unique process completely unconstrained by any large corporate agenda.

These ideas became reality when Monument opened for business on May 24, 2008.

It’s hard to believe that was over a decade ago.

A Mission Mindset

We’ve spent the better part of a decade trying to hone an authentic mission statement and we never seemed to get it exactly right.  Then it dawned on us…we didn’t have a mission that could be boiled down to a simple statement.

What we had was more complex – a mission mindset. And that’s not something that can be minimized down into a single, sexy sound bite.

We set out on a mission to challenge the status quo in the financial industry (which by and large relies on managing assets, pushing products and misaligning employee  compensation) and change the conversation around wealth management to one that views complexity through the lens of creative problem solving and seeks to create a dynamic, living vision—rather than flatten it all into a useless pie chart.

In doing so, we’re on a mission to provide opportunities for people to see their options in a new way, and not just tap their potential for wealth, but their potential for living. And to build something that lasts.

We Have a Vision, and We Always Have.

At Monument, we see ourselves as the furthest thing from standard-issue financial advisors – no power suits adorned with fancy cufflinks, red power ties, and starched out, five-pointed pocket squares here. There is simply too much dog hair for that.

We are outspoken critics of the industry, and don’t waste time with short-lived trends, industry jargon, or marketing terms that further commoditize what, to us, should be a human conversation, not a numbers game.

For our clients, this comes as advice in the form of Monument’s considered, bespoke Private Wealth Design.

For our team, we do it by providing opportunities for education, growth, and collaboration, so that they can become not just skilled advisors, but keener thinkers and problem solvers.

The Bottom Line

We aim to be the firm of choice for those looking for something different in a wealth management firm: an enduring, employee-owned company with an entrepreneurial spirit that acts and functions more like a creative team than a financial services office.

To that end, we have built a reputation of meticulously-crafted financial advice delivered by the most creative and forward-thinking team in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.

Our Clients

None of this would have been possible without our clients. From the oldest to the newest, you have all subscribed to our mission mindset and our vision.  We never take that for granted. It’s easy to say thank you, but it’s also so hard because no amount of saying it will be equal to how much we mean it. You are all incredible.

Your continued loyalty and advice are a treasure. Your open-minded participation in the process of providing you with advice and Private Wealth Design has made us better advisors, business owners and people.

2018 was an important year at Monument. We introduced new technology, continued adding to our amazing team, introduced a new custodian with TD Institutional, invested in new portfolio management software, and finally severed ties with the old Wall Street brokerage model for a 100% registered investment advisor model where the only fee charged is for our advice.

None of that could have happened without you, our client.  Thanks for an amazing decade and keep looking forward. We believe the best is still ahead.

Dave

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David B. Armstrong, CFA

President & Co-Founder

Dave got into the industry when he discovered his passion for finance in his mid-20’s. He’s a combat veteran and served as an officer in the United States Marines Corps on both active duty and in the reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving on active duty, Dave was unable to spend money on deployments, so he became a self-taught investor. Along with a few bucks cash as a bouncer, his investing performance grew to be good....

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