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Brett Sifling, CFP®

Investment Advisor Representative

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BIO

Disruption and discipline. Taken apart, they are ordinary. Fused and forged together, they are the fuel that has launched Brett Sifling's parabolic career in finance.

For years, investors have been hypnotized by the notion that the ideal Financial Advisor sports gray hair, taps out buy orders on his Blackberry and ducks out of the office for 1PM tee times. But if we've learned anything from over a decade of economic disruption, even "white shoe" Wall Street is vulnerable to a younger generation untethered to outdated ideas. Like many of his generation, technology quickly became Brett's weapon of choice to disrupt a financial service industry's reign of self-serving mediocrity.

As a youth, Brett lived on his computer. He played games, posted on social media, even did a little bit of coding. Then one day, a teacher showed him an online account invested in Apple stock. The die was cast. Brett soon started trading stocks. He quickly graduated to stock options: a complicated, highly labor-intensive method of investing. He quickly discovered he wasn't just good; he was great at it. Before he could even qualify for a driver's license, Brett made $15,000 on a single biotech trade. He used the funds to travel: New York, Vegas, Europe. Suddenly he had access to hedge fund managers, authors and celebrities.

Brett's reputation grew. First among his relatives who lassoed him to trade their stocks and later on Twitter where he was fast building a reputation as an investment wunderkind. While still in his prom years, Brett started an investing website focused on the biotech industry. The website amassed to a community of over 6,000 traders/investors looking to benefit from his insight. Business Insider magazine added him to their coveted 20 Under 20 list: Meet the Teen Traders Trying to Take Over the Finance World, a pantheon of superlative investing achievement.

While studying Finance at Loyola Marymount University, Brett was handed a piece of the school's endowment portfolio to invest and manage. Post-graduate doors were opening up for him. Goldman and other old school firms came sniffing around. But it was Ross Gerber, CEO and rising disruptive force in finance who won Brett's talent. Founded in response to the excesses of The Financial Crisis, Gerber Kawasaki was the perfect match for Brett's upstart skills.

But it was something else that stood out to Gerber. No one was going to find this Disruptor in the break room, honing ping pong skills between sips of Red Bull. Sifling possessed an iron work ethic. He had created a discipline that demanded he improve himself every day. Never played ukulele before? So what. Sit down and learn it. Too finance focused? He spent a month in Israel picking up an Archaeology minor for a liberal arts balance. Twitter starts percolating at 5AM? Brett has likely downed a cup of joe, meditated and completed a workout before answering investor questions in his feed, which has now grown to thousands of followers.

Designation Disclaimers

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP® (with plaque design) in the United States, which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

For more than 30 years, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification has been the standard of excellence for financial planners. CFP® professionals have met extensive training and experience requirements, and commit to CFP Board's ethical standards that require them to put their clients' interests first.

Candidates for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university and three years of full-time personal financial planning experience or the equivalent part-time experience (2,000 hours equals one year full-time). Designation training requirements for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification include completion of a CFP-board registered program, or hold one of the following: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC); Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); Ph.D. in financial planning, finance, business administration or economics; Doctor of Business Administration; or attorney's license. Following completion of the course requirements, applicants must complete a proctored final certification exam and continuing education of 30 hours every two years.

https://www.finra.org/investors/professional-designations/cfp

MEDIA

January 20, 2022

On Voaltility

Thomas Donnelly, CFP shares his thinking on the volatility we’ve seen in the market recently. Volatility, in this context, refers to the price movement of a stock up or down and is synonymous with risk. Keep reading and find out how he structures his thinking and portfolio in these times.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/volatility-gerberkawasaki

#gkviewpoint #volatility #stockmarket #tesla #tsl #investor #cfp #microsoft

January 27, 2022

5 Things The IRS Wants You To Know

Our GK Tax team wants to make your life easier. They are giving constant updates to our clients and followers on the most important things you need to know before the end of tax season. Listed below are things that the IRS WANTS you to know.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-things-irs-wants-you-know-gerberkawasaki

#gkviewpoint #tax #accounting #taxseason #irs #taxfiling

February 10, 2022

7 Important Inflation-Based Tax Changes to Know for 2022

Make sure that you are planning accordingly because a lot has changed this year when it comes to your taxes. Some of these adjustments include alternative minimum tax, gift tax, and employee contributions to 401(k)s. Reach out to our tax department if you have questions about how all of this may affect you.

February 22, 2022

Deborah Talks - Why So Much Shame Around Money?

On this week's episode of Money Talks, Wendy welcomes Deborah Fryman. Deborah recently sold her house in LA and moved to Washington State, where she is now living her best financially free life. Listen to the full episode to learn about Deborah's battle with foreclosure and why it always pays off to seek help and ask questions.

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