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The Institute for Wealth Planning

Simon Singer, CFP®, CAP®, RFC®

Simon Singer is not your typical Certified Financial Planner.  While most specialists in his industry take a first meeting and ardently try to sell what they think the client should have in her or his portfolio, Singer does just the opposite as he doesn’t try to sell them anything.  He simply listens.  Not simply to the words of these soon-to-be-clients, but he also turns in to the real meanings beneath them.  In Singer’s way of thinking - due to more than 35 years of experience guiding those of substantial means - he has come to realize that there is much to be learned by waiting and listening.   Sometimes he takes an entire day or two with his process.  Why?  Very often, Singer contends, people are not really clear on what they want to do with their money.  They have a sense about it but find it hard to articulate.  Simon helps them sort it out through his information gathering skills, and then with further input, designs a portfolio program that aligns appropriately to what his clients need.

Singer’s “wealth listener”`skills not only come in handy with his own client based - mostly millionaires - but also his other clients:  tax attorneys and accountants.  They need Simon’s assistance to act as a liaison, a translator and interpreter between themselves and their clients because often the communication falters.  The advisor can’t seem to connect the dots with his client, and similarly, the client can understand very little of what his advisor is saying.  This is often were Singer steps in by breaking down the information and bringing grater clarity to both sides.  His wisdom, savvy, and insight are the reasons why he is one of the most sought after Certified Financial Planners in his industry.



Business Background



Simon Singer, who founded The Advisor Consulting Group in 1998, serves as the Managing Partner.  The firm  designed to provide financial and estate planning and bills itself as an “Integrated Wealth Planning” entity for affluent individuals, families, and businesses.



Simon is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®), and is recognized by both the Consumer Research Council of America and “Who’s Who in Business” organizations as one the top planners in the country.  He is a former board member and past president of the prestigious Forum 400; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Professionals (NAIFA): the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT); and the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU).  The highly-lauded financial planner is also a board member for Quadrant Living Architects (QLAN); a life member of the Top of the Table organization and a member of both the international Association of Financial Planners; and Advisors in Philanthropy.



Licenses / Designations / Affiliations



As a Certified Financial Planner, Simon Singer holds a Series 6 securities license; and insurance licenses in life/health/variable in California, as well as life licenses in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia.



Furthermore, Singer serves as principal at New First Financial Resources.  He also enjoys a strategic alliance with numerous accountancy and law firms and was a patron of the 2010 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award program.



Author



In addition to having written dozens of articles in trade and consumer publications, Simon Singer has co-authored three books.  Family Wealth Counseling: Getting to the Heart of the Matter covers a great deal of Singer’s personal point of view of how to effectively work with clients to help them reach their bottom line of how and on what they wish to accumulate and distribute their wealth.  In 21st Century Wealth, Singer tracks how money has been traditionally earned, saved and spent, and what the well-to-do should consider when building an estate.  Love, Money, Control: Reinventing Estate Planning in which Simon Singer tutors the reader on how to reconsider and retool his/her approach to building and maintaining a personal and business-related estate.



In he Journal of Financial Professionals, Singer co-authored an article with Bruce Givner, Esq. a prominent and highly successful tax attorney.  A piece with a humorous spin, “All I Wanted was a Shower,” was Singer’s ironic account of how he had to completely rebuild his house when all he set out to do was remodel a bathroom, also bears his byline.  Simon Singer is also a regular columnist for Hitched Media, which operates an online publication devoted to advice for married couples on the topics of lifestyle and finance.  He is in the throes of writing a six-part series on questions an accountant, tax attorney or financial advisor should be asking a couple in order to get the heart of their financial affairs.



Singer is currently working on a solo  book project on the subject of customer service and communication between financial advisors and their clients.  Written for those in the professional industries - who deal with a client’s money - the book will be based on several highly structured forums conducted by Singer, from the input provided along with case studies.  The  book is due out in late 2015.



Presentations / Speeches



Singer has spoken before numerous groups all over the country for the past 12 years and continues to be a highly sought after speaker.  From Scottsdale, Arizona; to Dallas, Texas; to Washington, D.C., He has lectured on every aspect of financial planning, asset building and effective communication techniques for those who deal with client money matters.  With regard to the latter, Singer is often asked to share his expertise and savvy to industry insiders - accountants, tax attorneys, business managers - to aid them in better understanding the mechanics of dealing effectively with their clients about their financial issues.



Some of the prestigious organizations for whom he has delivered his speeches include:  MDRT; Top of the Table, International Forum, NAIFA, Southern California Institute Laureate Program, InsMark Symposiums, Best Practices of America, and Pacific Life Group, to name but a few.  The following list highlights Singer’s recent talks/discussions/speeches since 1999:



          Best of Times - Worst of Times:  San Diego, California


          Working with a Whale:  San Francisco, California


          Expert Panel Member:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


          Strategic Alliances for the Benefit of the Client:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



Media



No stranger to broadcast media, Singer was also the host of the “Your Money” series on the business channel and also a hosted “Money Talks” on KDOC Radio.



Singer has been quoted on newswire services such as Dow Jones and Reuters, and in various publications and on websites including the Huffington Post, E! Online, Private Wealth magazine, Registered Rep magazine, Wells Fargo Conversations and the Major Gifts Report newsletter. Singer has also ghostwritten a book due out early 2015 on the topic of using diversification to ensure fortunes for heirs.



Education



College of Financial Planning - Denver, Colorado



Estate and wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University - Detroit, Michigan



Laureate in Wealth Strategies at the Southern California Institute - San Diego, California



National Institute of Finance - San Diego, California (Investment Planning, Income Tax Planning, Retirement Planning, Employment Benefits, and Estate Planning)



Personal History / Background



Simon Singer not only excelled in his adult career as a financial planning expert, he also has enjoyed a highly successful career as a youngster in radio and television and also as a star athlete. Singer was a seven-time world and national 4-Wall handball singles and doubles champion and in 1994 was inducted into the International Handball Hall of Fame.



As an entertainer, Singer continues to perform radio and stage readings of famous television, film and radio shows of the 40s, and 50s in which he appeared. His most recent tour included the celebration of Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, where he appeared in readings of some of the “I Love Lucy” iconic episodes. In 2011 alone, he performed in Seattle, Washington with the Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound, in New Jersey with Friends of Old Time Radio and in Los Angeles with the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama Variety and Comedy, and is due to perform at the Motion Picture Retirement Home in October.



In all, Singer has performed in more than 2000 movie, radio and television shows—in the latter, he co-starred in several different network series including “Dagwood and Blondie” “The Jack Benny Show,” and “The Beulah Show.” Singer played various roles and performed alongside such legendary personalities as: Lee Aker, Eddie Albert, Gracie Allen, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Eve Arden, James Arness, Lionel Barrymore, Louise Beavers, William Bendix, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Richard Beymer, Mel Blanc, Pam Britton, George Burns, Spring Byington, Eddie Cantor, Claudette Colbert, Bill Cosby, Richard Crenna, Mary Jane Croft, Bing Crosby, Scatman Crothers, Ruby Dandridge, Dennis Day, Patty Duke, Stu Erwin, Charlie Farrell, Alice Faye, Verna Felton, Frank Fontaine, Greer Garson, Cary Grant, Phil Harris, Bob Hope, Arthur Lake, Dorothy Lamour, Gordon MacRae, Hal March, Hattie McDaniel, Frank Nelson, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Larry Parks, Harold Perry, Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Barbara Stanwyck, Gale Storm, Barry Sullivan, Bob Sweeney, Herb Vigran, Willard Waterman, Ethel Waters, Ernie Whitman, Loretta Young, among many others—all of whom received top billing in his/her day.


Simon Singer sports a unique philosophy in contrast to others in his field—he always thinks beyond the obvious to achieve results. He lives his personal life with equal zeal as he travels, enjoys family, and pursues his hobbies including table tennis and golf.

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