I’m Sierra Butler
Wealth Advisor, CFP®, CSRIC®
Demystifying your financial life
Planning with your goals in mind
We work hard to understand who you are and what you want to accomplish, both personally and professionally, so we can best support you and your family in achieving your goals.
We're more than just investments
Together, we’ll implement a customized plan for all areas of your financial life: Investments, taxes, estate planning, insurance, charitable giving, and more.
I’ll cut through the noise and build a plan tailored to you.
Early in my career, money was an area of stress. I was earning a good salary but constantly worried whether I was spending too much and saving too little. I was overwhelmed by all of the generic advice I found online, attempting to tailor it to my unique situation and goals. And frankly, after a long day of work, I didn’t have the time or energy to feel confident that I was managing my money well.
Looking back, it is clear why my younger self was so concerned. Money is very personal, and every individual has a unique background and values that inform how you view your money.
You deserve to be heard – I am here to listen and partner with you to create a plan for achieving your goals. I will be a phone call away as you go through life’s biggest transitions: Welcoming a new child to the family, buying a new home, changing jobs, retiring and more. We will reduce your mental load so you can be present in doing the things you most enjoy.
Do you have multiple savings goals, such as kids' college expenses, a new home, retirement, or financial independence?
How do you know if you are saving enough to meet your goals?
Does your investment portfolio reflect your values?
Are you maximizing your employer benefits? (RSUs, 401ks, stock options, etc.)
Does thinking about taxes cause stress?
Do you have an estate plan in place to take care of your family when you are gone?
You have goals that are competing for your attention and resources. We will partner to identify and prioritize the things that are most important to you.
Personal financial decisions aren’t always binary. Together, we’ll weigh the pros and cons of different strategies on a quantitative and qualitative level.
You’re busy enough with your work, family, and interests. I’ll do the heavy lifting to execute your customized financial plan.
We’ll work together to alleviate your worries so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy.
Sierra is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Chartered SRI Counselor™. She earned her B.S. in Finance and B.A. in Business (Law) from Arizona State University, also graduating with honors from Barrett, The Honors College. Prior to joining Merriman, Sierra worked in the Global Client Group at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where she discovered the benefits of evidence-based investing. In Arizona, she worked on a NASA mission that operates a satellite camera system orbiting the Moon.
Born and raised in Western Washington, Sierra enjoys all the Puget Sound area has to offer when away from the office. She can be found hiking, kayaking, and enjoying a good book alongside her husband, AJ. They have also rescued three cats, Luna, Teddy, and Daisey, who are absolutely spoiled and provide endless hours of entertainment.
What is wealth management?
Wealth management is a comprehensive approach to financial planning. It covers all areas of your financial life, making wise use of your assets to help you in achieving your goals and living life to the fullest. Do you want to spend more time doing the things you love and worry less about your finances?
Then wealth management is for you!
Wealth Enhancement - make your assets work for you
- Minimizing taxes – now vs future?
- Managing appropriate cash reserves
- Should you pay off your mortgage early?
- How can you get the most out of Social Security?
- Evaluate your options for college savings
Wealth Preservation - strategies to help reduce risk
- Asset allocation and rebalancing
- Trend following
- Stock option planning
- What to do with concentrated stock positions?
Wealth Protection - proper coverage is key
- Disability or Long-Term-Care insurance planning
- Is umbrella insurance right for you?
- What type of life insurance makes the most sense?
- What level of homeowner’s coverage is appropriate?
- Is your rental property adequately protected?
Wealth Transfer - leaving a lasting legacy for your heirs
- How can you leave the most behind to your heirs without sacrificing too much now?
- Are your assets correctly titled so they’ll pass on in the way you intend?
- Are your healthcare directives and letters of instruction in place?
- Does a trust make sense for you? Which kind?
Charitable Giving - make the most of your contributions
- What charities are important to you?
- How can you make the most of your gifts to charity?
- Is a charitable trust right for you?
Plan with intention,
not by default.
Online Blog Resources
April is Financial Literacy Month
Since April is Financial Literacy Month, Wealth Advisor Alan Hensley shares some personal and professional stories highlighting how Merriman empowers our clients to live fully by providing peace of mind in their financial lives.
Supreme Court Upholds Washington State Capital Gains Tax – What You Need To Know
On March 24, 2023, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of a state capital gains tax, which was originally passed in 2021 to take effect starting January 1, 2022. The state will continue as planned and collect the tax due for tax year 2022, leaving just a few short weeks to file a return and pay the tax (the federal tax return filing deadline lands on April 18 this year). With the clouds of uncertainty dispersed, it’s important for Washington residents to understand what is at play.
Can You Afford to Spend More and Give More? You Might Be Surprised by the Answer!
What I didn’t realize when I started my career was just how difficult it can be for clients to feel comfortable spending money and giving away their wealth to family or charities they feel good about (and the regret that can come later in life by these decisions). Whether you are currently retired, soon to be retired, or just looking ahead to the future, you can learn about options and make smart decisions that may enable you to spend more and give more.