So, how much is this going to cost? Fees may vary, but they generally follow the schedules below. If you have questions, just ask. Also, do you know what it means to hire a fee-only financial advisor?
Please note that I can describe Approach Financial’s fees here, but other service providers (like custodians, 401(k) recordkeepers, and third-party administrators) may have additional charges. Any underlying investments may also have fees and expenses, although I typically use relatively low-cost (primarily passive) ETFs and index funds. Don’t worry — that information is all available before you commit to anything. For complete details, it’s critical that you read the following:
- My firm’s ADV
- Disclosures from any service providers you may contract with
- A prospectus or other disclosures from any potential investment
Disciplined portfolio management designed to help you pursue long-term goals.
Individual/household management: Based on combined household assets*
- $0 – $1,000,000: 1.00%
- $1,000,001 to $5,000,000: 0.85%
- $5,000,001 and above: 0.75%
- Fees are negotiable as asset levels increase
Investment management clients can potentially receive additional personal finance advice (financial planning and other guidance) without paying for additional financial planning services.
Financial Planning Only
For flat-fee and hourly engagements. Get the advice you need without any need to invest money or transfer assets. Depending on your needs, we’ll set up an hourly arrangement or agree on a flat “menu-style” fee
QuickStart meeting: Currently $500
- 80 minutes of my undivided attention — a popular option for quick tips, second opinions, and specific questions
Project-based engagements: Minimum of $500 for one-time financial advice, but typically around $2,500 or higher. This is a popular option for basic retirement planning and investment recommendations.
Hourly rate: Typically $250 per hour, although I usually quote a flat fee based on an estimate of hours. I generally do not do one-hour engagements (plan for a three-hour minimum or a QuickStart).
In-depth, multi-faceted financial planning: Typically $1,800 to $4,500 as a flat fee, with up to half of that amount due before work begins. For ongoing engagements, an additional $300 to $900 per quarter, paid in arrears.
Employer-Sponsored Plan Consulting
To help your business or nonprofit with 401(k) plans (or similar), there are several options.
Full-service consulting and management. Based on plan assets.
- $0 – $250,000: 1.25%
- $250,001 – $1,000,000: 1.00%
- $1,000,001 and Above: 0.75%
Flat-fee consulting. Depends on the scope of the project. Typically $250 per hour.
Employee education and enrollment only (if I’m not consulting on the plan): Minimum of $500 per meeting (online), up to $2,500 per seminar.
The Details You Really Want
* The annual fees are negotiable and are pro-rated and paid in arrears on a quarterly basis. The advisory fee is a blended fee and is calculated by assessing the percentage rates using the predefined levels of assets as shown in the above chart and applying the fee to the account value as of the last business day of the quarter resulting in a combined weighted fee. For example, an account valued at $2,000,000 would pay an effective fee of 0.925% with the annual fee of $18,500. The quarterly fee is determined by the following calculation: (($1,000,000 x 1.00%) + ($1,000,000 x 0.85%)) ÷ 4 = $4,625. No increase in the annual fee shall be effective without agreement from the client by signing a new agreement or amendment to their current advisory agreement.