Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services was founded on the belief to have the highest ethical standard, the most talented team, and to help our clients become as successful as possible.

Our Process

About Us

Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services focuses on helping clients discover their personal, professional, and financial goals and develop financial solutions in alignment with their objectives. Working together with clients, we create financial solutions that can help achieve legacies and financial security for their families and businesses.

Understanding how to position yourself in the marketplace requires that you understand the impact of volatility, price fluctuation and personal risk tolerance on your financial objectives and investment portfolio. The selection of a product should be the last part of your planning process--not the first.

As a part of Northwestern Mutual, Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services affords clientele access to the resources of a high quality financial institution along with the service that can only be provided from a boutique firm.

We look forward to helping you achieve your financial goals!

Our Team

When you meet with us to discuss your future, your vision is on its way to becoming a reality. We help you achieve this by:

  • Educating You
  • Respecting your Assets
  • Solving your Problems
  • Monitoring your Progress
  • Keeping in touch

And most importantly, our mission is to treat you with care, integrity and courtesy.

Stella Oak Financial and Insurance Services Team Photo

Our Team

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Chau Le, CLU®, ChFC®
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Vicki Bauer, CFP®, RICP®
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Tania Vasquez
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Linda Webster
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Liz Murcia
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Angela Reyes

Our Principals

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Brandon Matloff, CLTC
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Suneel Garg, MBA, CLU®

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company

Trust Services

The Trust Services Team, which is based in Milwaukee, can administer a variety of trusts (e.g., Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, Credit Shelter Trusts), and in so doing provide professional investment management, record-keeping, and objective decision-making with regard to trust distributions. Stella Oak Financial & Insurances Services has direct access to the trust administrators and portfolio managers who are responsible for managing trust accounts.

Meet the Team

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC and its financial representatives, visit: FINRA BrokerCheck

Community

Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services is active in philanthropy and in several nonprofit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.


Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer. ALSF founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott held her first front yard lemonade stand when she was just 4 years old , their mission is to find cures for all children battling cancer.

Spark LA

Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services volunteers during the school year, mentoring 7th- and 8th-graders one-on-one in the Los Angeles area, providing a unique experience to enhance traditional classroom experience through project-based learning. During their 10-week apprenticeship Stella Oak's Spark LA students gain valuable skills that enhance their ability to succeed. Stella Oak is proud of their mentees and the skills that they learn during their experience.

To learn more about Spark LA, visit: www.sparkprogram.org

Career Advantage Program (CAP), USC

As a proud Trojan and active member of the alumni association, Suneel Garg gives back to the Marshall School of Business as a mentor in the Career Advantage Program (CAP). This program provides undergraduates majoring in Business the opportunity to pair up with alumni who assist them in developing the professional, interpersonal, and networking skills critical to their career success.

To learn more about CAP at USC, visit www.uscmarshallcap.org

Jewish Home (JHA)

JHA Stella Oak Brandon Matloff

Brandon Matloff is on the board for the JHA. A pioneer and national leader in life-enhancing senior care, the Jewish Home emphasizes the complete needs of the individual — body, mind, and spirit, with a focus on the needs of the "whole person," the Home's programs, protocols, and services incorporate the very latest senior care research and findings, resident feedback, and a culturally-based tradition of respect and compassion for seniors and families.

On May 3, 2015, Brandon was honored at the Circle of Life Gala with the Jack Schlaifer Executive Award. This award is presented to an Executive who has shown exemplary leadership, talent and commitment. Brandon was joined by his family and friends at The Executive's largest fundraiser. This fundraiser raised more than $260,000 for the senior community.

JHA Stella Oak Brandon Matloff

For more information, visit www.jha.org

Darden School of Business (UVA), Los Angeles Alumni Chapter

Suneel Garg serves as President of UVA’s Darden School of Business, Los Angeles Alumni Chapter. As an advocate for the school and program on the West Coast, Suneel provides his time and energy to lead the chapter, keep alumni connected, plan events, and help assist with continuing education

To learn more, visit alumni.darden.edu.

The Legends Club

Stella Oak Matloff Golf Legends
Matloff team golf ball

The Legends Club is dedicated to maximizing the philanthropic impact of the growth and advancement of the sport of golf and youth and families in need in the Los Angeles community. As an ambassador with the program, Brandon is committed to the growth and success of charities and non-profits through the sport of golf in the Los Angeles region through awareness, engagement, and enthusiasm.

To learn more about The Legends Club, visit together.pgatour.com or contact us.

Delta Sigma Pi

Delta Sigma Pi is the nation's largest and first co-ed, professional business fraternity that encourages personal and professional development of men and women pursuing careers in business. The Fraternity is one of the most diverse Greek organizations supporting scholastic, professional and service events on campuses and in communities. Delta Sigma Pi provides high-quality training and events to shape ethical leaders of tomorrow in business, communities, and the world at large. Delta Sigma Pi has grown from its founding at New York University in 1907 by four men of diverse faiths and backgrounds to an extensive network of more than 250 chapters and 275,000 members.

To learn more about Delta Sigma Pi, visit www.dsp.org.

Services

Investment Strategies

Your goal to achieve financial security will undoubtedly include investing for your future.

We can offer you the expertise you need to ensure your investment strategy is aligned with your goals, time horizon and tolerance for risk.

Northwestern Mutual offers investment advisory services, private client services and trust services. Within these levels of service, we may recommend that your portfolio include one or more of the following investment tools.

  • Signature Choice is an investment advisory program that allows your wealth management advisor to provide advice concerning asset allocation, security selection and rebalancing. Your advisor can utilize a wide range of securities, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and individual equity and fixed income investments, to help implement your investment strategy.

  • Signature Managed Accounts is an investment advisory program that utilizes third-party asset management and portfolio manager selection to assist in providing you with a comprehensive investment solution.

  • Signature Retirement is an investment advisory program and integral part of the Northwestern Mutual Retirement Strategy planning process. It is designed to manage your assets and income streams in accordance with your overall retirement plan to provide a balanced and reliable source of income throughout your lifetime.

  • Signature Portfolios is an investment advisory program that utilizes select mutual funds and/or exchange-traded funds to construct well-diversified portfolios for your needs.

  • Signature Annuities is an investment advisory solution that utilizes investment options available within the NM SelectTM Variable Annuity to construct comprehensive, well-diversified investment portfolios for your needs.

  • Private Client Services (PCS) is a fully discretionary, flexible portfolio management solution for high-net-worth individuals that uses a combination of individual securities and other investment vehicles to manage client assets. The wealth management advisor serves as the investment advisor and relationship manager, while Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company’s PCS investment team provides the investment management.

  • Trust Services: Whether the goal is estate tax exclusion, spendthrift protection or multi-generation investment management, Northwestern Mutual can serve as professional trustee for a variety of trusts.

We also are able to offer you the following products and services through Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS):

  • Bonds
  • Cash management services
  • CDs
  • Money market funds
  • Mutual funds
  • Stocks
  • Treasury bills
  • UITs

Trust Services

Trusts help you ensure that your assets are managed according to your wishes and pass to your beneficiaries intact. As part of a tax strategy, trusts can also be used to help you keep more of the assets you’ve worked so hard to accumulate.

Northwestern Mutual can serve as trustee, co-trustee or successor trustee in a wide range of situations, providing services to help you:

  • Manage, supervise and provide regular reports of investments and their performance.
  • Preserve family harmony when carrying out your intentions.
  • Ensure continuity of stewardship that can endure for generations.

Our trust services cover a range of trust types, including:

  • Revocable Living Trusts

    A revocable trust allows for the professional management of your assets during your lifetime and following your death. This type of trust often permits your assets to be managed without the need for a court-ordered guardianship if you become incapacitated, and it allows your assets to pass to beneficiaries outside the potentially costly and time-consuming probate process after your death.

  • Irrevocable Trusts

    An irrevocable trust allows for the professional management of your assets and allows you to make gifts to the trust – free of gift tax, up to certain limits – so that assets can grow and pass to your beneficiaries without being diminished by estate taxes.

  • Charitable Remainder and Lead Trusts

    These irrevocable trusts are designed to provide income to beneficiaries and to charitable organizations, often at a lower tax cost than gifts made outside these trusts

  • Generation-Skipping Trusts

    These are irrevocable trusts that endure for multiple generations, so that assets can be managed for and distributed to grandchildren and generations beyond. This strategy frequently avoids estate and gift taxes that would apply if assets were transferred outright to each generation.

  • Marital and Credit Shelter Trusts

    These trusts take advantage of state and federal estate tax exemptions so that property can pass to a surviving spouse and other beneficiaries while minimizing the impact of estate taxes.

By choosing Northwestern Mutual as your trustee, you’ll benefit from objective trust administration and expert investment management that can provide financial growth and security for your family.

Retirement Planning

Now more than ever, planning for your retirement is critical. Gone are the days when pensions and Social Security provided all the income you needed for retirement. The new reality is that you are responsible for managing your own retirement, and that starts with making sure you’re strategic in your planning.

We can help. At Northwestern Mutual, our approach to retirement planning is designed to help you get to—and through—retirement with a greater level of financial confidence, so you can relax knowing you have a road map to achieve your goals.

You'll want to start by considering how much to save for retirement and where to save it. By accumulating as much as you can as soon as you can, you can put time on your side—time to plan, time to weather the ups and downs of the market and time to let your money grow.

And then, as you zero in on retirement, you'll need a different set of strategies to manage risk and make your money last through retirement.



Estate Planning

Most people associate the phrase "estate planning" with having a will - a legal document that names your beneficiaries and spells out who gets what when you die. And while the transfer of your assets is an important part of estate planning, a will or a trust is just one aspect of broader estate-planning strategy to ensure your wishes are known, honored and carried out as efficiently as possible when you're no longer able to articulate them.

We work with a team of estate-planning experts at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. Together, we can help you develop an estate planning strategy that may include the following:

  • A strategy to reduce or eliminate gift/estate taxes for your heirs
  • A plan to protect your estate from mismanagement or from claims of creditors or ex-spouses

In addition to the expertise our team can offer, you'll want to work with an estate-planning attorney to establish:

  • Health care directives or a living will that specifies the extent to which you want health care professionals to treat you if you become ill or incapacitated.
  • Powers of attorney that grant people you trust the legal authority to act on your behalf in case of sudden accident or illness.
  • A will or trust to ensure your assets are transferred according to your wishes.
  • The naming of a legal guardian for children under the age of 18.


Business Planning

Whether you’re thinking about launching a new business or planning to expand an existing one, we can help you create, grow and protect your business’s value.

We’ll work with you to develop a personalized financial plan with solutions designed to meet the unique needs of your business, with strategies to:

  • Integrate all aspects of financial planning for your business and your personal life to ensure success on both fronts.
  • Minimize risk by being prepared for the unexpected.
  • Safeguard your business with coverage to help offset the loss of cash flow if you become sick or hurt.
  • Recruit and retain employees with competitive benefits programs.
  • Enhance your benefits programs to reward employees who are key to the success of your business.
  • Transition your business smoothly with a properly designed and funded business succession plan.

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC and its financial representatives, visit: FINRA BrokerCheck

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Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services is a financial planning and wealth management firm in Los Angeles, CA. At Stella Oak Financial & Insurance Services we are committed to making sure our clients have a customized financial plan that best suits their needs and the needs of their families.