Our Mission

We do the financial blocking & tackling behind the scenes so that our time together can also effectively integrate the personal and unique agendas that are your own. Think: your immediate and varied longer-term life goals. We cut the Gordian knot of financial concerns so that you can focus on living life fully.

Converse

Some folks need information and education. Others know where they’re going but need to sharpen the dashboard. We engage in dialogue to frame the big picture and identify the relevant tools.

Craft

Then we go to work. When big decisions are to be made, planning, sorting, and prioritizing is important. It helps to air things out. It helps to model what can be quantified.

Implement

We are incredibly sane and solid, each step of the way. We do nothing in a vacuum. At every turn, we account for how each facet of your financial situation fits into the broader vision for your life.

Butler Financial Services is an investment advisory registered with the Colorado Division of Securities and the State of California Department of Corporations.

Wealth Management

We all aspire to live life fully, yet integrating the economic side of life can be incredibly challenging… this is where we come in. Here are the red and golden threads that run through the ongoing endeavor of wealth management:
  • Asset protection
  • Investment Management
  • Intergenerational transfer-of-wealth issues
  • Evaluation and tracking of performance of varied investments
  • Due diligence on investments under consideration
  • Budgeting strategy, refinements & reconciliation
  • Continuity/monitoring apropos taking action on advisory team’s counsel & recommendations
  • Tax planning & application across investments & expenditure
  • Asset allocation strategy that embeds private investments

Investments

Our principals of portfolio management and securities analysis are informed by the CFA Institute Body of Knowledge, which we regard as the best living exploration of contemporary practices in the domain of investment management.
We closely follow praxis-focused research in academic finance, and adjust our investment management process when novel conclusions prove robust. For instance, we see the merits of factor-based investing (examples of factors are Value, Size, and Momentum), but take the position that factor overweights reliably improve returns only when properly aligned with corresponding behavioral investor types. Our investment management is further grounded in our collective decades of experience, good horse sense, and, indeed, the ability to attune to each investor’s nervous system!

Investment Policy

Carefully crafted at the outset of the advisory relationship, the Investment Policy Statement calibrates to the unique goals and requirements of each client family. What are the specific growth and income objectives? How will these variables change over time? What sort of risk profile does each client-as-investor present, and what are the implications of that? What is the long view? What are the legacy considerations? It is ever our aim to find best-in-class investments and thereby position our client portfolios for strong performance over the long-term, but it is absolutely essential that we establish an investment policy that is also eminently “livable” — that is, one that respects and accounts for the oft-underestimated behavioral finance component.

Fee Based Advisory

Our clients recognize that we are investment advisers who provide ongoing investment and wealth management services. As such, we receive fees for services provided, and these fees are paid directly to us by our clients. This arrangement is distinct from brokers who make their living from the commissions earned from the buying and selling of various products. In the course of our business activity, we receive NO COMMISSIONS of any kind. It is our job as adviser and fiduciary to provide the information, expertise, counsel, and management that we believe will best benefit each client. We believe the fee-based arrangement best mitigates potential conflicts of interest in the client/adviser relationship.

Bio

This is our company, and we take tremendous pride in the quality of the work we do for our client families. Here’s a bit about who we are.

Mark Butler, M.A.

Mark established the investment advisory & wealth management firm that is Butler Financial in 1996, after working for and training extensively with American Express/IDS. He relates directly with clients on matters of investment strategy, wealth transfer, and life transitions. Mark holds a B.A./Philosophy (CU/Boulder) and M.A./Psych (Naropa Univ.). Mark is the author of two “psychology of money” books: Zen Money Blues, a lively and fun Typology about the curiously different styles people exhibit in the realm of personal finance; and, most recently, Lion Hearted Love, a journey into the heart of money-in-relationship. At present, Mark is working on a third book about money and the young people.

Mikyo Butler, CFA

Mikyo allocates the majority of his Butler Financial time to investment management, including monitoring the portfolio “dashboard”, trading to rebalance or tactically tilt risk exposures or individual positions, and working on investment research, analysis, and due diligence. He also interfaces with Schwab Institutional (the primary custodian) on a regular basis. Internally, he keeps the firm’s information systems running smoothly. For the three years prior to joining the firm in mid-2013, Mikyo served as a Senior Analyst for media research company Latitude, managing studies and performing both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. In 2010 he received his B.A., cum laude, from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, where he majored in both Music and German. He is a CFA charterholder. Mikyo lives in Denver but comes up to the Boulder office most days.

Sarah Church

Sarah handles a variety of tasks with respect to trading, as well as keeping up to date the various monitors associated with the firm’s investment and cash management activities. She also coordinates on key admin matters, interfacing with both firm clients and the Schwab institutional team. Sarah joined the firm in April 2021. Prior to that, she spent six years in diverse operational roles at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., an investment bank in Boston. The fast paced and challenging work environment there laid the solid foundation for her position at Butler Financial. Sarah graduated from Stonehill College in 2014 with a B.S. in Business, and she majored in Accounting and minored in Spanish. Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah now lives in Denver.

Podcast

Welcome to the Butler Financial Podcast. This is a series of conversations in which we (Mark Butler and Mikyo Butler) discuss the human intuitions that can make it vexingly difficult to be good investors or handle our money optimally. As well, we explore the intense emotions that can work for us, as rich sources of intelligence, or against us, as catalysts of a reactive state in which we compound previous errors. We, as investment advisors, are consistently fascinated and humbled by this subject matter and its real world applications. But, awareness is our friend! We hope you find these discussions interesting, if not personally illuminating.

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July 7, 2020

The Butler Financial Podcast

Episode 2 - Riding the "A" Train of Cognitive Dissonance July 7, 2020 (Recorded on June 29, 2020 -- Denver, Colorado) Cognitive dissonance is your friend. With a highly uncertain (if…
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Episode 1 - Strange Facts to Keep in Mind Late in a Bull Market January 17, 2020 (Recorded on December 19, 2019 -- Denver, Colorado) This first episode of The…

FAQ

Questions? Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How does this relationship with us begin?

It begins with a 20-minute phone conference during which you share what issues are on your mind and we share how we might address those issues. If we are not the right fit, we will do our best to refer you to a professional who is. The goal of the call is to figure out if it makes sense for us to sit down and consider your situation in more detail. This initial call is confidential and gratis.

How is the matter of confidentiality treated?

Religiously. What is said and with whom we work are private confidential matters.

How do we get paid?

Fees. 100% of our revenues come from fees. Consulting services are by the hour, while wealth management and investment management are either a flat fee or based on a percentage of assets under management.

What is the hourly fee?

$325 per hour for consulting services and management services fees are based on a percentage of assets, depending on overall value of assets and, when applicable, the complexity and comprehensiveness of services required.