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Planning. For Life.

The concept of retirement is evolving. You want to continue to explore new vistas, remain active and relevant. There needs to be enough purpose in your life to get up in the morning, and enough money to sleep at night. We can get so caught up in doing what we think we have to do, that we may miss connecting with the people and experiences that are most meaningful to us. So, let us ask you...

...do you have a clear vision of how you want to spend your time in retirement?





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Our video, The EPIC Retirement, describes four keys to ensuring your retirement years are a time where your mind, body, and spirit thrive, not just survive. Let go of preconceived notions about retirement and consider the opportunities that come with seeing retirement in an entirely “new light.”

How We Help

Client Profile


Over the years our dedication to making you our first priority has set us apart from other firms in our industry. We take the time to get to know you and what is important to you. We assist  you in developing a financial plan that incorporates your values, needs and wants in order to reach your financial goals. From there, we partner with you to help navigate life's changes and challenges and live the best life possible. We give our clients full access to all the people on our team. You won't just be working with one or two of us; you'll have access to whomever you need to get the job done.


History of Helping People

Our firm has helped high performing, driven professionals in the Western New York community over the past decade; including but not limited to business owners, entrepreneurs, and physicians, both working and retired. We work locally and remotely with you and your family  as your lives evolve even as you move to other areas of the country. As a result, we have expanded our network and offer our services nationwide.

Many of our clients managed their own finances until they were faced with the press of time in their busy lives. Others have decided that they don't want to spend their retirement managing a portfolio. They recognized the time had come to partner with an advisor to help them navigate life's changes and challenges.

We also work with a number of clients that were looking for a second opinion, and then realized that our planning and investment philosophy aligned well with theirs. These clients recognized that by partnering with us, they could maximize their potential for achieving the greatest return on their lives possible.

Client Stories

Successful financial planning and investing are much more than crunching numbers, listening to popular opinion and understanding the latest market trends. As much as people need to know about financial markets, investments and wealth accumulation strategies, they also need to know about themselves.

Read on as we share a few stories about how we have worked with clients to make them aware of certain cognitive biases that kept them from making sound financial decisions and achieving their goals.

Money Maturity
Imprisoned
See You At The Wake
The Parent Trap


Our Process


Our retirement planning process is built around you. We take a holistic approach, because we understand that planning is not a product – it’s a philosophy, and it’s part of our culture. At Ogorek, you are the client not your money.

 

Living Life On Your Terms

We want to know what is important to you. We take the time to gain a better understanding of your lifestyle and economic motivators and help quantify what you enjoy most in life. By working together, we get a clearer picture of where you are today, and how we can help you live the best life possible. Working with our specially trained team of professionals and coordinating with each client's legal, accounting, and estate planning professionals, we will analyze and coordinate all aspects of your financial life to maximize your wealth over your retirement life and beyond.


A Unique Approach to Retirement Planning

Our retirement planning process is centered around a handful of guiding principles that have served our clients well over the years. They embody the need to create a plan that reflects the retirement they want, plan for a long life expectancy, stay informed about rising healthcare costs, maximize Social Security benefits, minimize income and estate taxes, and don’t invest too conservatively or overspend.


icon1.Discover More About You

  • Complimentary initial meeting. 
  • Discuss your goals and concerns.
  • Introduce holistic approach to retirement planning.

icon2.Analyze Your Data

  • Assess financial situation and establish a base plan. 
  • Qualify and quantify goals.


icon3.Present You With Options

  • Present planning and investment roadmap. 
  • Educate and implement strategies.
  • Coordinate with other professionals.

icon4.Monitor Your Success

  • On-going service, support, and solutions. 
  • Update and track the success of your plan goals. 
  • Help you succeed in living the best life.

Investment Management 

As your financial advisor, the value we provide goes beyond investment advice.



Delivering Value & Providing a Steady Hand

There is a reason doctors don’t operate on their own family members, as having an emotional bond can wreak havoc during times of critical decision making. The same is true for finances where we are conditioned to avoid losses and often believe we are protected by selling an investment after it declines. This often leads us to make poor decisions, selling when we should be buying and vice versa. At Ogorek we strive to provide you with emotional distance from your money and a steady hand to guide you during times of market turbulence.

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Creating Better Portfolios

portfolio design

Most investors understand how their portfolio has performed over time, but very few understand the level of risk they assumed to achieve those returns. By carefully selecting the optimal portfolio allocation for you based on your life stage and risk tolerance, we can improve risk-adjusted returns through proper diversification.

As a Registered Investment Advisor, individual investments are selected entirely on merit, with a relentless focus on driving down your expenses. Fees associated with mutual funds and retirement plans can add up significantly over time, often going unnoticed by investors. We believe every one of your dollars counts, especially in this low rate environment.

Lastly, we also believe it’s not what you make that’s important, it’s what you keep. That’s why we employ tax management strategies into every decision we make.

Monitoring and Rebalancing Investments

Keeping track of your investments is a time-consuming but necessary process. Annual rebalancing has been shown to add significantly to your returns over time and ensures that you remain within your desired risk tolerance. We regularly review your portfolios to ensure they remain on track towards meeting their goals, and make adjustments whenever warranted. You never need to worry that you portfolio is in need of a tune-up.


Helping you live the best life possible.

Who We Are

Core Beliefs

Integrity • Objectivity • Competence • Fairness • Confidentiality • Diligence • Professionalism


Clients First

Our primary goal as a trusted advisor is to be available and to provide insightful advice to enable you to make informed financial decisions. We do not accept anything less from ourselves and this is what we will deliver to you. Professional education is a critical reason for our success; to improve our technical expertise, financial knowledge and service to you.


Why Is It Important To Choose A Fee-only Advisor?

Fee-Only
Fee-Based (fee and commission)
Commissions

 

Fiduciary vs. Suitability Standard

Currently, many advisors and broker-dealers operate under the suitability standard of The Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In contrast to the best interest standard, the suitability standard merely requires that advisors ensure an investment or recommendation is “suitable” for you, but not necessarily in your best interest. 

Fiduciary Standard:

  • Put your best interest first
  • Act with prudence
  • Provide full disclosure
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Fully disclose and fairly manage, in your favor, unavoidable conflicts

Suitability Standard:

  • Understand your financial situation
  • Be aware of your investment experience
  • Know your investment objectives
  • Recommend products and give advice suitable to your circumstances

Our Mission & Values


Bringing out the Best in Your Finances

As a trusted advisor, our primary goal is to provide insightful advice to enable you to make informed financial decisions.


Our Mission 


We are committed to the success and security of people.

Transparent leadership is the key to fostering a culture of trust between people and is the foundation of success. As a fee-only advisor, we have aligned our interests with yours. As a fiduciary, we have pledged to act in your best interests at all times.

We believe in a team approach to deliver the expertise and support that each of our professionals has to offer, to identify financial solutions that are relevant to your life, and that will help you to succeed.

Our Values

iconFOCUS

Developing strategies and continuously working to meet goals.

iconACCOUNTABILITY

Always keeping promises and delivering the highest level of service.

iconCOMPASSIONATE

Listening and understanding concerns, so that we may better serve you.

iconCONSISTENCY

Practicing personal discipline, and faithfulness to the process, the organization and to you.

iconEXCELLENCE

Continuously exploring better ways to help you to improve their quality of your life.

iconINTEGRITY

Pledging to always act in your best interest.


Your Wealth Management Team

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ANTHONY J. OGOREK | ED.D., CFP®

Founder & Chief Investment Officer
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ANTHONY J. OGOREK ED.D., CFP®

NAPFA – Registered Financial Advisor Operating Manager

Anthony Ogorek, CFP®, Ed D. is Founder and CEO of Ogorek Wealth Management LLC. Tony has been a Certified Financial Planner licensee and Registered Investment Advisor near Buffalo, New York since 1983.

Tony is an active writer in the financial industry and has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television appearances. Nationally recognized as a financial leader and innovative thinker, his expertise has been consulted and quoted by such national media as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Times, Money Magazine, New York Post, Associated Press, insurance News Net, and Third Age, as well as local newspapers The Buffalo News and Business First . Tony has appeared on TV as a guest commentator on PBS' Nightly Business Report, CNBC's Mutual Fund Investor, The Money Club, WGRZ and WIVB, as well as YNN news. He also had a weekly series on financial radio talk show WBEN and was a financial analyst for National Public Radio's Buffalo, NY affiliate, WBFO for 10 years. Tony recently completed a 3-year term as Director on National Association of Personal Financial Advisors' National Board.

Specialties: Financial Planning, Investment Management, College Planning, Tax Planning, Insurance Analysis, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning

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TRACY L. SHERWOOD | CFP®

NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor
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TRACY L. SHERWOOD | CFP®

NAPFA – Registered Financial Advisor

Tracy L. Sherwood is a Senior Financial Advisor at Ogorek Wealth Management LLC, and also serves on OWM’s Investment Policy Committee. She has spent her 20+ year career in the financial industry working with the founder, Anthony Ogorek, developing and growing our team and the services we deliver to our clients. She works closely with our clients to help identify their goals, plan strategies, and provides continuous support and guidance to help them stay on track with their financial goals. She works with our exceptional team to ensure the plan is executed and updated as life evolves.

Tracy is a Certified Financial Planner licensee. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from SUNY Brockport and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning.

Tracy is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and is a Registered Financial Advisor with NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. NAPFA is the largest professional association of Fee-Only comprehensive financial advisors in the United States. 

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Tracy Sherwood NAPFA registered financial advisor

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RICHARD BARANOWSKI | MBA

Strategic Operations Manager
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RICHARD BARANOWSKI | MBA

operations@ogorek.com

Rich brings 19 years of experience in operations, finance, sales, and marketing. He has earned a B.S. in Engineering and an MBA degree.

Rich is responsible for oversight of the firm’s compliance plan, operational effectiveness, development of short/long-term strategies, and implementation of targeted marketing plans.

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KATHY CHENG | CFP®

Financial Advisor
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KATHY CHENG | CFP®

kathy.cheng@ogorek.com

Kathy Cheng is a Financial Advisor at Ogorek Wealth Management LLC and has over three years of experience in the financial industry. She is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals and abides by the fiduciary standard. As a member of the team, she works closely with the founder, Anthony Ogorek and Tracy Sherwood, the Senior Financial Advisor.

Kathy is a Certified Financial Planner licensee. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and was a small business owner for twenty years prior to joining the industry.

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DENISE LIPKA

Client Services Associate
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DENISE LIPKA

denise.lipka@ogorek.com

Denise joined our firm after graduating from Erie Community College with an Associate’s degree.

Denise is responsible for managing the office, client services, and maintaining our document management system.

She is also responsible for maintaining our client relationship management system as well as the content on our website.

 

Denise Lipka

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JEFFREY VIKSJO | CFA

INVESTMENT ANALYST
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JEFFREY VIKSJO

jeffrey.viksjo@ogorek.com

Jeffrey joined our team after earning his B.S. in Finance/Economics at Canisius College.

Jeffrey assists in management of portfolio software, maintenance of client portfolios, and execution of investment trades. 

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MATTHEW MAGGIO

Investments Associate Intern
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MATTHEW MAGGIO

matthew.maggio@ogorek.com

Matthew is attending the University at Buffalo Honors College pursuing his Bachelors degree in Accounting. Afterwards, he plans to attain his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

Matthew performs investment account administration duties which include account openings and transfers. He also assists in account rebalancing and producing performance reports on our investment models.

We are dedicated to improving our client's quality of life.

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News & Awards

Ogorek featured in Wall Street Journal
Ogorek featured in The Buffalo News
Ogorek featured on News 4 WIVBIV
Ogorek featured on WGRZ

Ogorek featured on WBEN

Ogorek featured in USA Today        
Ogorek featured in The New York Times
Ogorek featured in New York Post
Ogorek featured in Money
Ogorek featured on Insurance News Net
Ogorek featured in Financial Advisor
Ogorek featured in Buffalo Business First 

 

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION


Ogorek NAPFA member
Ogorek featured in Worth Top 250 Wealth Advisors
Ogorek featured in Mutual Funds 100 Top Advisors
Ogorek is an MD Preferred Financial Advisor
Ogorek featured in Medical Economics Best Financial Advisors for Doctors
Ogorek Financial Times Top Financial Advisers 2016



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