Michael Policar credits his passion for the financial markets back to a very influential fourth-grade teacher. At the age of 10, his teacher illustrated fraction computation using stock quotes from the newspaper, which at the time were quoted in fraction format instead of decimal format today. Michael took the instruction as an education on stocks, as the lesson’s also involved the basics of trading and taxation. At 13, he began his investing journey focused on acquiring shares in dividend paying companies.
This early introduction to investing led teenage-Michael to the teachings of Columbia professor Benjamin Graham and his most successful student, Warren Buffett. The combination of a value investing philosophy and continuous studies of behavioral psychology, financial advice was not a career choice, it was a calling.
“I get to build puzzles all day, every day. Clients bring the pieces and we put them together in a way that helps them achieve their needs, goals and priorities.” He says. “Learning the basics at such a young age has allowed me to translate complex situations into simple terms for our clients. Less financial jargon usually leads to better outcomes in my experience.”
Michael’s track-record of advising clients has led him from the bank institutions to Hightower Bellevue and the Fiduciary model, allowing him to focus all of his energy on providing excellent service to his clients and their families.
Michael and his wife Karen live in Sammamish with their son, Anthony. Karen, M.Ed. and former elementary educator in the Lake Washington School District are both native to the Northwest, and spending time with family is their number one priority. Michael thinks he’s better at golf than he really is, and enjoys cheering for the Seahawks, Mariner’s and his alma-mater, Arizona State Sun Devils. He sits on the board for the ASU Alumni Association of Seattle as the Scholarship Fundraising Director.