If you are receiving free financial advice, then you are probably getting what you pay for (or less). Below I explain how I bill my clients for services and highlight some of the fee-related benefits of working with my firm.
Benefits of Working with Me
Below I provide three key factors that allow me to deliver peace of mind to my clients.
My independence and fiduciary standard ensure my advice is genuine, but my competence is what really allows me to deliver value to my clients. This value derives from my analytic expertise and research-based culture. These traits make me more efficient, allow me to conduct more thorough due diligence, and ultimately improve the performance of your investments.
While I have not encountered such a situation, I do not charge clients who are unhappy with my service. If you are not 100% pleased with my service for any reason, just let me know how I can make things right. I will do my best to make you a satisfied customer but can just as easily waive my fees or initiate a refund where applicable. Waived fees and refunds only apply to the most recent engagement or period of engagement. Previous projects or periods may be considered at my discretion.
Transparency is a key element of my client relationships. My fees are not buried in fine print. On the contrary, I discuss fees prior to engagement and provide clients with invoices so they are always aware of how much they are paying. Moreover, for clients who invest in funds or with third-party managers, I also calculate and aggregate the additional fees charged by these entities so my clients know their total cost of wealth management.
Depending upon the type and scope of engagement, my clients pay me in one of three ways I describe below.
Percentage of Assets
I typically charge fees as a percentage of the aggregate portfolio value I manage on your behalf. This fee structure helps align my interests with yours as we both seek to preserve and grow your wealth.
My investment advisory fees range from 0.50% to 1.50% annually and are based on a tiered fee schedule whereby the percentage fee drops as assets exceed certain thresholds. The percentage fees in each client's fee schedule are based on the scope of the services provided. For example, some clients opt out of financial planning services while others require more extensive services to coordinate personal and business planning.
The fee schedule below represents a typical fee schedule for clients who require standard financial planning and investment management services, but I reserve the right to negotiate or amend my fees on an individual basis.
Standard fee schedule: Financial planning & investment management services
|Assets under management||% Fee (minimum annual charge may apply)|
|Assets up to $1,000,000||Charged at 1.0% per annum|
|Further assets up to $5,000,000||Charged at 0.75% per annum|
|Further assets up to $10,000,000||Charged at 0.50% per annum|
|Assets in excess of $10,000,000||Negotiable|
Fixed Fee / Retainer
In many cases I prefer to estimate the scope of work required for a particular project and offer a fixed fee. I believe this works best for financial plans, investment or portfolio audits, and other ad hoc engagements. Similarly, I recommend retainers for ongoing advisory relationships where I may be on-call or participate in periodic investment meetings.
By the Hour
My base rate is $250 per hour. I only bill the time actually spent on research, analysis, etc. I do not bill for initial consultations where I scope out projects and I do not bill for communicating my findings or presenting deliverables.