Martha Gribble, Lead Advisor with Foster Group serves clients by helping them identify and realize their financial objectives. As a single working parent, she understands the challenges facing professional women as they strive to identify and prepare for all sorts of life challenges whether managing current cash flow, planning for retirement, funding education or providing for family members.
Martha joined Foster Group in 2001 and has worked in personal finance for over 15 years. A graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Martha began her professional career as a secondary English teacher. She enjoyed being at home with her four children when they were growing up and time with family remains most precious to her.
After several experiences on the “client” side of professional advisory relationships, Martha became convinced the relationship between client and financial professional could be so much better than what she experienced. Following her interests, she entered the personal finance field. At Foster Group she is pleased to be part of a team of professionals with a desire to help others achieve their financial objectives while employing an investment strategy that is explainable, consistent and understandable while paying careful attention to allocation and costs.
I was raised in the small town of Harmony, Minnesota and the name gives a pretty good indication of the community; growing up, I could look out my kitchen window and see both my church and my school. Family, faith and community were the focus. My parents taught me how much we can learn from every person we meet and the value of appreciating and learning from individual differences.
We all face a variety of life challenges and though not always easy, “The best way out is always through.” - Robert Frost
My objective as an advisor is to listen and then offer solutions that give our clients peace of mind, allowing them to focus on what they do best and what’s most important to them. I especially enjoy helping people move through life transitions of all types.
Many years ago, I was charged with managing our family investments and personal finance decisions. I began reading investment books, magazines and newspapers, soaking up everything I could learn. I found there was a different style of investing promoted in each publication. Confusion led to indecision. Then I began learning about investing in the market as a whole. The more I learned, the more this philosophy of investing made sense to me. A couple of books that influenced the evolution of my investment perspective and continue to be references today are, “The Intelligent Asset Allocator,” by William Bernstein, and, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street,” by Burton G. Malkiel. Both reinforce my belief in a long-term, passive investing approach.
Foster Group’s investment strategy is a great fit for my personal investment philosophy and one I am confident of implementing for our clients as well as for my own family. When making investment decisions, I appreciate and remind myself frequently of these words by John Bogle founder of the Vanguard Group: “Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy.”
Blog Posts By Martha Gribble
|12/16/2011||College Savings Iowa|
|11/29/2011||So What's in an Allocation ?|
|11/29/2011||Generosity with Intention|
|10/25/2011||Here's a Thought-Disconnect and Power Up|
|1/25/2010||Wondering how to help the people of Haiti ?|