Sara  Stanich

Sara Stanich


The Stanich Group


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Fee-Only Financial Planner serving the New York, NY area.


  • Fee-Only Financial Planning
  • Financial Review
  • Hourly Fee Consultations
  • Retirement Planning
  • Investment Management
  • Tax Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Insurance Services
  • College Education Planning
  • 401(k) and IRAs
  • Business Planning
  • Employee Benefits


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40 Wall Street
28th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Fee-Only & Fiduciary

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country's leading association of fee-only and fiduciary financial planners.

Sara Stanich is a New York, NY Fee-Only Financial Planner serving New York and all surrounding areas. The Stanich Group specializes in providing objective financial planning to help clients build, manage, grow, and protect their assets through life's transitions. Sara Stanich is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional.

My mission is to simplify my client’s lives by helping them build financial plans and manage their investments.

I started this blog because a big part of my job is answering questions about my clients’ personal finances, and I can answer them for a broader audience here.

There are a few reasons behind the name “Cultivating Wealth”.

Most of my clients are definitely in the “wealth building” phase of their lives.  Even with a good income, “Cultivating Wealth” can be challenging when you are raising kids and living in an expensive area.  Cultivating has another meaning for me as well – gardening!

You can find out more about working with me by requesting a consultation here or at my other website,

Here are my professional details ….

  • Certified Financial Planner practitioner (CFP®)
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CDFA™
  • BA and MBA from New York University
  • Licensed with the New York State Department of Insurance as a Life, Accident and Health agent


Looking for help to simplify your complex financial life and cultivate wealth?

It’s easy to get started. Take a look at our options below to see what is right for you.

Quick Start Package

Do you need advice on a specific financial planning question or issue? Or maybe you want to validate your financial plan or idea with an objective third party?

We offer a flat fee for limited engagements so you get get the information you need, take action and move on.

Popular Projects:

  • Real Estate Reality Check
  • College Education Savings Plan
  • Company 401(k) Investment Recommendation
  • Company Benefits Package Review
  • Stock Option and Restricted Stock Plan Review
  • Student Loan Payoff Plan
  • Insurance Policy Review (note: we do not sell insurance)

Our Quick Start Package Includes:

  • 30 minute Consultation meeting (free)
  • Data gathering, review and financial planning analysis
  • Preparation of Executive Summary, 10-20 page presentation to guide our discussion, and checklist of your “homework” checklist
  • 90 minute meeting to discuss observations and recommendations
  • Follow up email to see how you did!

Cost: Flat fee ($499 – $2,999) based on project complexity determined at consultation.

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Financial Planning

Want to learn more about financial matters, but too busy to dedicate the time? Do you have a nagging feeling that you should be taking care of financial business, but not sure what to do next?

We build long term relationships to understand your financial needs, help you organize, prioritize and get your financial plan on track.

Ongoing Financial Planning Includes:

  • Initial development of your financial goals and plan
  • Semi annual review meeting (in person or online)
  • Investment recommendations and implementation (optional)
  • Advice on as needed basis: annual benefits enrollment review, tax planning discussions, refinancing, job transitions, etc
  • Monthly services calendar of financial planning topics
  • Email access to a Certified Financial Planner professional (CFP®).
  • Access to our network of professionals (legal, tax and real estate resources) to help you implement your plan.

Cost: Initial setup fee, followed by annual financial planning fee which may be billed monthly.

Financial planning fees waived with investment management of assets greater than $500,000.

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Investment Management

Have your investments underperformed, but you aren’t sure how to make things better? Do you have accounts “all over the place” due to job changes and abandoned plans to start investing on your own? Do you find the multitude of investment choices out there a little overwhelming?

If you are looking for objective advice to help you build your overall investment portfolio, we can help.

Investment Management Includes:

  • Goal-focused financial plan
  • Investment recommendations & implementation
  • Account opening and maintenance (third party custodian)
  • Investment rebalancing as needed (usually 1-2 times annually)
  • Ongoing financial planning (see above) included at no additional charge with investment management of assets greater than $500,000.

Cost: Investment advisory fee is typically* 1.00% of assets under management annually.

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*Reduced with assets over $5,000,000