FEE ONLY FINANCIAL PLANNERS MITIGATE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Any discussion regarding financial planner fees should first start with how they're compensated. We like to use a medical analogy.
Your doctor prescribes you medicine. They don't sell it to you. That would be an obvious conflict of interest! So why doesn't the public think twice when "trusted" financial advisors sell products for commissions? Couldn't those commissions represent a similar conflict of interest? We know that the answer is yes.
The majority of financial advisors are not fiduciaries 100% of the time. It's all too common to flip flop between giving advice for a fee and earning commissions. This kind of advisor is referred to as "fee-based". This compensation arrangement creates a potential bias in the advice you receive.
We work for our clients, not some brokerage firm or insurance company. Our only compensation comes from client fees. We are fee only financial planners who will never sell you a product, earn a commission, or accept a hidden 12b-1 Mutual Fund Fee. This helps ensure advice is in your best interest, not ours. It's the only way we work with clients.
WE CHARGE A 1% FEE FOR WEALTH MANAGEMENT
For clients with a household cumulative investment balance of at least $250,000 invested with us, we manage the portfolio and provide Comprehensive Financial Planning advice for a 1% wealth management fee. The 1% is based on the total investment balance you transfer to us.
Not all our clients pay 1%. There is a point when 1% becomes an unreasonably high fee for the scope of work we do. For clients with $1M - $2M invested with us, we drop the percentage to 0.85%. For clients with $2M - $3M, we kick the fee down to 0.70%. Any clients with excess of $3M, we negotiate a mutually acceptable percentage-based fee.
In rare instances, we may charge a stand alone financial planning fee based on client complexity and the expected scope of work.
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