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Why LVW?

Our Client-First Process Makes LVW the Right Choice

We are committed to putting our clients first.

  • An experienced team. Our senior advisors average more than 23 years of experience and our senior team has been together for over a decade serving both institutions and wealthy families and individuals.
  • A disciplined process. We develop a thorough understanding of each client – including their goals, risk tolerance, and income and liquidity needs – and use that information to devise a comprehensive financial plan that forms the basis for all investment decisions.
  • Deep resources. We use our open-source research platform to collect varied, sophisticated and nuanced views on the markets, and use that information as we seek to build and maintain truly diversified portfolios that emphasize our best ideas. We are not beholden to any group of funds or financial products; we use passive strategies where they make sense and active management where we have high conviction that it will add value.
  • Accountability. We regularly provide clients with customized reports that track progress and compare results against appropriate benchmarks and peer universes.
  • A fiduciary commitment. We stand beside you as an adviser you can trust. This commitment is integral to the LVW Advisor mission; and as a Registered Investment Advisor, we are obligated to place the interests of our clients first.
  • Continual support. We are our clients’ first and only call for investment advisory services.
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"Our core values and principles do not waver, but our approach to each client is customized and flexible."
Lori Van Dusen, CIMA
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Co-CIO
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"Our process is anchored in understanding that human emotion can move markets far from fair value, many times irrationally. Education, coupled with diversification and a value oriented discipline, keeps our clients invested – the key to protecting and compounding wealth over time.”
Joe Zappia, CIMA
Chief Compliance Officer, Co-CIO, Principal
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"Build the People - They Will Build the Business! The team consistently adheres to the LVW core values, which forms our culture and allows us to have a singular focus on providing best-in-class client service – and having fun along the way! "
Kim Pugliese, MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Managing Partner
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"Our clients benefit from the experience we have gained in working with not-for-profits for over 25 years and an open-sourced research platform that allows us to incorporate multiple points of view."
Richard Van Kuren, CFA®
Senior Partner
JWagner33-min-CROP
"Our disciplined investment philosophy, client focused approach and a collaborative, team oriented culture are key tenets that we believe produce powerful outcomes for our clients. "
Jeff Wagner, MBA
Senior Partner
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"We genuinely care about our clients which helps develop into long term relationships. Our attention to detail, proactive planning approach, advisors’ experience and complimentary skill sets are what sets LVW Advisors apart from others."
Chris Van Buren, CFP® CPWA®
Private Wealth Advisor
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"Our commitment to our financial planning process, unique to every situation, is coupled with our team's attention to detail and resourcefulness that delivers massive value to our clients."
Jonathan Thomas, CFP®
Private Wealth Advisor

How We Think

Our Investment Philosophy

Our team’s holistic approach pairs deep research capabilities and investment management with sophisticated, fully integrated wealth management strategies. Our investment approach is based on the following principles:

Diversification is a simple yet powerful tool.

  • Complexity is often disguised as diversification.
  • We only add asset classes when we believe they will enhance long-term results.

A value orientation provides a margin of safety.

  • Our decisions are grounded in our value orientation. We seek to avoid overpaying.
  • The human factor can make markets irrational, creating opportunities for disciplined investors.

Discipline means using history and valuation metrics as a guide.

  • While history doesn’t always repeat itself, rarely is it true that “this time is different.”
  • Focus on long-term results rather than short-term performance.
  • Rebalance systematically.

Achieving real returns requires attention to inflation, taxes and expenses.

  • Long-term inflation will erode the value of investment assets.
  • Tax-inefficient investments can destroy long-term results.
  • Investment expenses are a drag on portfolio returns.

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