I created this list of financial advisors for small accounts (less than $300,000 in assets) because there are alot of schmucks out there hawking crap products to people with portfolio of this size, and I don’t think it’s fair.
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These are advisors who hold no insurance or brokerage licenses and are considered pure fiduciaries. The fiduciary standard is important because it defined parameters for behaviors impacting the way that financial advisors treat their clients. Fiduciary financial advisors provide the highest possible standard of care in the industry to their clients.
Please review this debate about the fiduciary standard and familiarize yourself with this important distinction.
The following advisors are pure fiduciary financial advisors who serve small investors.
Avg account size: Approx. $200K
Niche: Workplace retirement solutions
Services: Investment advice/management, financial planning
Avg account size: $42,000
Niche: cross-border individuals UK/US
Services: hourly consults, asset management, financial reports all for no minimum requirement of income or asset levels
Investment Planning Advisors
Avg account size: $107,000
Services: We offer every client the same services: We manage their investments in light of their financial plan that we have developed.
Avg account size: $270k
Services: We offer digital assets for people who are interested and may already hold on their own. Clients are given full access to our entire offering (investments, retirement, college, insurance, tax, estate, etc.)
Avg account size: As an advice-only practitioner, account size is irrelevant.
Services: Brava provides advice-only planning delivered through hourly, project-based, or ongoing engagements.
Elgon Financial Advisors
Avg account size: $30,000. The majority of my clients have very few assets outside of 401k, and home countries. So they are actually starting their investment journeys with me. It will be interesting to see where they are in a couple of years.
Niche: Foreign-born families (US Citizens, Green Card holders, on Work Visas), typically just starting out in the US or with assets overseas.
Services: I offer investment management as an add-on to financial planning. If just doing investment management alone – it would be the usual balancing, tax-loss harvesting (If warranted), asset allocation etc., pretty much everything, that goes into this. Not doing any alternative investing, really keeping it simple
Avg account size: $72,766 (non retirement plan participant); $37,186 (retirement plan participants)
Niche: My particular niche is small business retirement plans, and those individuals/families
overlooked and underserved by the industry.
Services: All account holders have access to the eMoney platform. We offer webinars at least nine
times a year. Assets are managed at Schwab in low-cost funds, without additional TAMP
charges. In the case where individual bonds or CD are a good fit, those are researched and
purchased by us through Schwab. All account holders can book a 15-minute. 1-on1 session
Non-fiduciary financial advisors
The following financial advisors serve small investors, but they are not pure fiduciaries.
Three Creeks Capital – Ryan A. Mink
Avg account size: about $200k.
Niche: I specialize in working with Ohio public employees (k-12 teachers, public universities and hospitals, and first responders. A more specific niche would be working with first responders, veterans, and military. I have comprehensive financial planning experience and clients within the Ohio Public Pension system and FERS.
Services: Full financial planning for clients is available no matter what the account size is. We have one-time financial plans, a monthly subscription model that includes all aspects of financial planning, and also the AUM model. Our cost for services can be found on our website in our About section.
Note: Ryan holds both insurance and FINRA licenses.
Hottleman and Associates
Avg account size: $300k
Niche: Single professional women approaching retirement
Services: Financial planning, investment management, college planning, tax services, company retirement plans
Note: Andrea holds insurance and FINRA licenses.
56 Capital Partners
Avg account size: $300k.
Niche: Entrepreneurial couples at the beginning or midway through their business journey. Single parents. Specialties: estate planning, tax saving strategies, debt and credit management.
Services: Investment management, retirement planning, fee-based financial planning
Note: Rodolfo holds insurance and FINRA licenses.
Avg account size: $46,000
Niche: Business Owners – Athletes, LGTBQ, Minority, Women
Services: My services aren’t based on AUM or Investment Only, so I have DIY services and a full financial planning retainer model.
Note: Stoy holds an insurance license.
Avg account size: $115,000
I offer financial strategies. We develop financial statements net worth and cash flow initially and update at least once a year. With that information we look at short term, intermediate term, and long term goals and figure out the best place for the next dollar. I do this for everyone, regardless of account size. I usually have people sign consent and release forms so I can communicate direct with their CPA and Attorney. To be paid, I have to manage money, but I will go through creating the statements and coming up with strategies before we work on investments together to see if we want to work together on investments.
Note: Nate holds insurance and FINRA licenses.
Sara’s upshot on financial advice for small portfolios
Let me leave you with this:
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I can’t say it enough – you have to do your own research. This is not an endorsement of anyone mentioned here, and situations could change and not be reflected here in this blog. Also, there is selection bias inherent in this list. I did not interview all the hundreds of thousands of advisors out there, I conducted research using Google, consulted with my network, and posted on social media. So this is limited to what I had access to given my resources. Again, conduct your own research; this list of low fee advisors is intended to be a starting point but by no means is it exhaustive or conclusive.
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