I’d like to learn more. What comes next?

Here’s what that meeting process looks like: 


We ask a lot of questions and let you do most of the talking. We go over the forms you completed, review your statements and documents, and discuss and prioritize your goals. We identify any income gap and forecast how that is likely to grow during retirement and what it will take to fund it. We’ll test what you are doing now to see if it will work or if it can be improved. We address any questions you have about Kraus Capital, then we schedule our next meeting. This deep dive into your situation helps us establish right up front what is most important to you. You’ll see these insights reflected in your financial/income plan.

Step 3: Create/Design Our analysis

This is where the magic happens. We’ll apply decades of experience and academic research to determine:

  • Can you afford to retire?
  • Can your portfolio be improved?
  • Can you eliminate or at least reduce threats to help defend your retirement?
  • We’ll stress test your current plans, create a forecast and show areas where you can improve
  • Evaluate risk perception, tolerance and capacity for risk  

Step 4: Strategy/Whiteboard Session (2nd Office Meeting)

During this meeting we will explain, in plain English, exactly what you need to do to achieve your financial goals. This is where you will see in dollars and sense, how our firm can help improve your finances. 

We shine a bright light on your current financial situation. We will review the various scenarios we tested, discuss tax planning in retirement and present a detailed breakdown that includes these elements:


We go beyond just assets and liabilities. Your net worth statement itemizes your savings and investments, retirement accounts, real estate, life insurance and more. It includes details about account values, beneficiaries, and ownership, too. If you’re like most people, you’ll love seeing all this information pulled together in one concise, comprehensive document.


We project your cash flow well into your retirement years. Our projection is based on your current and future expected income, taxes, your spending plan, your goals and future aspirations, the projected performance of your current investments, inflation and many more factors, such as whether you’re buying a house or expecting to inherit assets. The plan shows how your finances are likely to look if you stay on exactly the same course you’re on now.


We highlight the strengths and weaknesses of your current investments. We present easy-to-read charts and graphs that illustrate what you own, how diversified you are, how much you’re currently paying in fees, and more. Highlight any problems and what we ‘d charge to fix them.

If we’ve made it this far, chances are we’ll both decide to move forward together. To make it official, you sign our Kraus Capital Asset Management Agreement. We walk you through all the necessary paperwork, the mechanics of the account transfer process and present you with an estimated timeline to accomplish the goals established in your financial plan. You’ve now entered a crystal-clear, confident new era for you and your family. Or you could choose to sleep on it for a few days. If you need more time we’ll typically loop back a week later and see how you’d like to proceed. 

Sleep On it 

Having been in business for more than 24 years, we are in no rush for you to make a decision. Prior to deciding if we should work together you’ll want to ask yourself:

  • Do I like/trust/respect the team at Kraus Capital?
  • Do I understand and agree with their investment process and philosophy?
  • Do their recommendations make sense to me?

*While we would love the opportunity to work with you, if you decide it’s not a good fit we will wish you all the best. In other words, there is never a hard-sell or pressure to do business with us.

If you are ready: 

STEP 5: Making it Official/Deploy (3rd Office Meeting)

This is where we deliver the results of your comprehensive retirement income plan based on the details we reviewed in our previous meeting. We’ll help you identify any tweaks in your portfolio that need to be made today to have a positive impact on your portfolio down the road. We present you with the fruits of all our analysis, including a detailed, one-page financial plan with specific recommendations and investment strategies. Whenever possible, we identify opportunities to:

  • Help plan your retirement
  • Build and protect wealth
  • Portfolio construction and asset allocation
  • Improve your future cash flow
  • Retire comfortably or continue enjoying retirement comfortably
  • Minimize future tax liabilities
  • Protect your assets with the right insurance coverage
  • Distribute your assets efficiently with the right estate plan

We lay out our investment strategy and present a recommended portfolio customized to your goals, risk profile, cash flow needs and more. We set up an online vault for secure digital storage and exchange of your important financial documents and provide a secure web portal for important updates, and quarterly reports.

Initial Portfolio Review

After thirty days, we invite you in for a status update. We bring you up to speed on your asset transfers and update your net worth statement with the new accounts. Together, we prioritize your financial planning goals. And we make sure you’re finding everything you need on our online client portal and schedule our next meeting. By using Blueleaf as our integration partner, you’ll be able to access all your accounts in one place. 

120 Day Check -In

Our service team will reach out to you by phone to check in and see how things are going and make sure you’ve acclimated to using our systems. We want to make sure you are finding your way around our client portal and that you know where to go to stay up to date on everything going on with your account and at Kraus Capital. We’ll also confirm the timeframe and date of your first formal review and remind you of how happy we are that you chose to work with Kraus Capital. 


As often as one to three times per year, we sit down with you to update your plan. We review portfolio performance, risk tolerance and progress on financial planning projects. We discuss any new goals and objectives. And we identify opportunities for the future. Before each meeting, we solicit your input on needs or questions you have and incorporate them into our agenda.

Access to your Kraus Capital team is wide open. Communication is frequent. We’re available to you every day, year-round. Life can get complicated. With Kraus Capital, you have a team of experts to consult with on any topic, any time you need us.

*Please note that we never take custody of the assets.  We always use a third-party custodian to execute our trades and produce our client statements.  What this means for you is that there will always be a record produced for any transaction.