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institutional style asset management


institutional style asset management

Smalley Investments - We Help Our Clients Live Better Financial Lives

Welcome to the best of all worlds. We combine personalized, one-on-one wealth advisory services with online tools to manage your entire financial life from one consolidated and secure place.

High Touch Service

We design financial plans and strategies and proactively follow up to ensure that they are fully implemented. We treat our clients the way we want to be treated.

Institutional-Style Investing

Our investment style is based on low cost core strategies paired with tactical professionally managed portfolios aligned with your time horizon and risk tolerance. 

Financial Dashboard & Mobile Apps

We use award-winning technology to track and monitor your assets and investments to help you make good financial decisions no matter where you happen to be.


Knowing what you have, and where you have it is powerful. Smalley Investments allows you to see all of your accounts in one place so you can make better wealth management decisions.

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We pull it all together and provide you with strategies & options

We are financial advisors, consultants, managers, and educators. We will help you get organized, consolidated, focused, and make sure that everything you have works well together to help you achieve your dreams.


Wealth Management

By taking a holistic approach to all of your financial assets, we provide strategies to help you create an ideal financial future.


Asset Management

As an independent firm, we build institutional-style investment portfolios based on your risk and time horizon.


Investment Consulting

We provide you with asset allocation and investment choices, so you can make sure all of your investments are aligned to help you accomplish your goals.



Sometimes it is not about increasing your assets, it is about protecting them. We provide insurance solutions to help make sure that your family is protected.


If you are looking to get somewhere, we know how to set a course. It’s what we do, and we do it well.


Our Team

Our Team

The Smalley Investments Team

Seasoned.  Experienced.  Trusted.  Accredited.  Local.  Our team has seen the ups and downs of the markets and can help you create a personalized wealth plan to help you accomplish your goals.

Joe Smalley



Joe Smalley’s mission is to make sure that our entire team is focused on helping clients align their values with their money. He always seems to be thinking about the big picture and what is next.

Joe’s background is in private wealth management, retirement plan management, and portfolio design, but he didn’t start out in finance. After graduating from Albion College, Joe moved to Hollywood to be an actor and writer. After only landing bit parts (if you blink, you won’t even see him in For The Boys), he returned to Michigan and worked on political campaigns. But in the early 1990s he was offered a job at a large brokerage firm. Five years later, Joe created his own fee-based wealth management firm. In 2008 he founded Sustainable Folios, the first firm in the country to offer risk-based models using Socially Responsible Investments. Later, he formed an employee benefits firm specializing in retirement plan management. Joe holds the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 through Commonwealth Financial Network, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation, and the Professional Plan Specialist designation.

Joe is passionate about giving back to the community. He has been on the finance committee of the Lansing Community College Foundation, the board of the Lansing Symphony, the board of the Capital Area Humane Society, the Financial Counsel of a statewide political organization, an officer of the East Lansing Rotary Club, the treasurer of his church, and is currently the Chair of the State Officer’s Compensation Commission, which recommends the salaries of the governor and the other officers for the State of Michigan.

Joe enjoys golf and tennis. He and his family live in Lansing with Magglio, who can often be found holding court in the Lansing office.


Rachel Lubahn

Client Ambassador


Rachel Lubahn was blessed with a servant’s heart. Whether it’s planning events, volunteering with nonprofit organizations, making time for coffee chats, or helping others reach their goals, Rachel’s passion for bringing a smile to people around her is unmatched. For this reason, she is perfectly suited to provide outstanding customer assistance to all our retirement plan, endowment fund, and workers’ compensation fund clients. Her concierge-level service involves an attention to detail that can address an impressively wide range of services. From having a check cut from your account, to finding a caterer, tracking down tickets to your favorite event or having your boat winterized, Rachel is here to help.

As a former Big Ten Women’s Golf champion at Michigan State University, Rachel knows how to harness her energy to achieve success both on and off the golf course and continues to make good use of those skills in the financial services industry.

When she is not working her magic, connecting with clients, she and her daughters enjoy living in East Lansing nice and close to the MSU Dairy Store.


Office Dog

Magglio is a calming influence on all who visit the office, with the possible exception of the mail carrier.  He specializes in wagging, sleeping, and looking out the window.  

Ryan Balks

Financial advisor


With an innate drive for solving problems and passion for working with numbers, Ryan found himself drawn to the world of finance. Ryan is one of our team’s financial advisors, focusing on planning and personal wealth. Since earning his management degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, Ryan has spent the past 10 years in client service, insurance, and investment management.

Ryan provides an outstanding service experience by understanding client goals and needs and overseeing the behind-the-scenes magic that our clients rely upon to achieve those goals. This includes meeting clients at critical points in the year, building wealth plans, researching investments, and building investment portfolios. Ryan brings a can-do attitude and a strong work ethic to the office every day.

Ryan and his wife Bethany have two boys and are active members of their church. They are passionate Spartans, holding season tickets for football and basketball.  Ryan also enjoys the outdoors, whether that means golfing, fishing, hunting, or perfecting his lawn.


Mo Parisian

Office Coordinator


Mo Parisian brings her unique set of talents to the Smalley Investment team as the Office Coordinator. As a lifelong Lansing resident and former figure skater, began her career coaching and growing the figure skating and hockey programs in the Lansing area. She has spent the majority of her time in ice rinks - Lansing Ice Arena and Suburban Ice E.L. - but in recent years, she has also been a nanny for triplets and worked for an insurance agency. Working with people, especially in a customer service capacity, is her passion. She thrives on organizing and creating a welcoming atmosphere wherever she goes and is thrilled to bring her skills to the Smalley Investments team.

Away from the office, Mo enjoys her home life with her husband, Toby, and her two sons, Evan and Blake. She is an avid reader and an author with two published novels, and is always working on another project. 



The Commonwealth Team

Smalley Investments has partnered with the premier independent broker/dealer in the country, Commonwealth Financial Network®.

Meet the Commonwealth Team...




We provide fiduciary services and institutional investment management to organizations large and small

For more than fifteen years we have been managing institutional investments, including endowment funds, retirement plans, and workers' compensation funds. Talk to us to see how we can assist you in performing your fiduciary responsibilities and optimize your organization's investments.


Retirement Plans

We work with plan sponsors to manage retirement plans, provide fiduciary services, and coordinate employee education.


Executive Compensation

Keeping your best employees can be difficult.  We help employers offer executive compensation plans to help you retain your high-ranking employees.


Workers' Compensation

We advise the investment committee, manage the investment process, and prepare quarterly compliance reports for self-funded plans.


Endowment Funds

We work with you to develop investment policies that help fund the mission of your organization, manage investments, and document the distributions.

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News & Education

News & Education

Investor News & Education

Informed investors make better investors.  We provide commentary from Wall Street leaders.  We offer insight into the atmosphere in Washington.  And we help clients learn more with educational videos & articles.

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