$5,000 per year ($1,250 per quarter), per client relationship.
The price for our services is one easy-to-understand, flat, annual retainer fee. No hidden fees. No conflicts of interest. This fee includes our holistic financial planning and investment management services.
Why would we charge so much less than traditional financial planning firms?
We are in this business to be a financial force of good for our clients. We believe in keeping our overhead business expenses low so that we can offer our services at a justifiable cost. No high-rise offices, no fancy parties, no expensive advertising. Our clients tend to be hard-working individuals who appreciate our business model, believe in impact investing, and have $500,000 to $5,000,000 of investable assets. We have designed our firm to cater to this niche and created a fee structure that reflects our value. In order to deliver our high-service model, we will cap our client relationships for the entire firm. We believe this is the only way to provide quality over quantity.
Why do you charge a flat, retainer fee instead of the traditional 1% of assets under management?
As fiduciaries, we are constantly seeking ways to provide valuable services to our clients at a reasonable cost and eliminate conflicts of interest. We believe that avoiding commission-based advice is a step in the right direction. However, we still believe that a conflict of interest exists in the 1% of assets under management fee structure. Under this model, an advisor is still incentivized to convince a client to transfer as many assets as possible under his/her management in order to increase the fees collected. We do not believe a fee should be based on the arbitrary value of a client’s investment portfolio. We know from our collective 55+ years of experience that there is not a significant difference in the work required to serve a client with $500,000 in assets vs $5,000,000 in assets. Why should one client pay tens of thousands of dollars more each year in fees?
The difference in costs and lost portfolio growth over time is shocking when you compare our fee structure with the traditional 1% of assets under management. See the example below...
•Loss in portfolio value, $460,000
•Additional fees paid, $290,000
The amounts assume a typical 1% fee for a $1,000,000 portfolio compared to our flat, annual retainer fee of $5,000. We are assuming a 7% annual growth rate before fees each year and use a 20-year time frame for this example.