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Advance Capital Management, Inc.

Advance Capital Management, Inc.

The founders of Advance Capital Management come from a slightly different background than most financial advisors — they managed the pension at Michigan Bell. While there, they noticed a lot of people didn't understand planning for retirement, so they decided to move into the financial advising space.

The fee-only firm has been providing investment management and financial planning services to a wide variety of clients in Southfield, Michigan, since the 1980s. With nearly $3 billion in assets, Advance Capital is on SmartAsset top financial advisor lists for both Southfield and Michigan.

Advance Capital Management Background

Advance Capital Management formed in 1986. Today, it’s owned by Advance Capital Group, Inc. At the helm, Daniel D. McHugh is a certified financial planner (CFP) and certified public accountant (CPA).

Advance Capital Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Advance Capital Management works with individuals, investment advisors, investment companies, pensions, retirement plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations and corporations. Individual investment accounts do not have minimum size requirements.

Services Offered by Advance Capital Management

Advance Capital Management focuses on financial planning and discretionary investment management services. Its advisors meet with clients to create financial plans that cover various aspects of their financial lives from budgeting to estate planning. For each client, the firm will base investment recommendations on the person's financial plan

Advance Capital Management Investing Philosophy

As just noted, Advance Capital Management uses the financial plan it designs for clients as the cornerstone of its investment recommendations. The firm generally recommends mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Advisors, though, may consider other types of securities. These may include exchange-listed and over-the-counter securities, foreign issues, warrants, corporate debt securities, commercial paper, certificates of deposit, municipal securities and U.S. government securities. Individual clients' portfolios are actively managed and on a discretionary basis.

Fees Under Advance Capital Management

For investment management services, the firm charges annual asset-based fees. We provide the current fee schedule below. These fees are billed separately at the end of each month based on the fair market value of the assets held in your account. 

Assets Under Management Annual Fee Rate
First $500,000 1.0%
Next $500,000 0.80%
Assets in excess of $1,000,000 0.65%

Keep in mind that these fees are negotiable. Also, they apply to services provided by Advance Capital Management. They don’t include other expenses your account may incur such as brokerage fees, custodial costs and fund fees. 

The chart below shows what you'll pay in management fees based on how much money you have at the firm. The average asset management fee in the United States is 0.95%, according to a 2018 study of 1,500 firms by RIA in a Box.

*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Investment Management Fees at Advance Capital Management*
Your Assets Firm Name Fee Amount
$500K $5,000
$1MM $9,000
$5MM $35,000
$10MM $67,500

Accounts with less than $200,000 are also subject to a service fee of between $40 and $100.

What to Watch Out For

Within the past 10 years, Advance Capital Management has not undergone any legal or disciplinary events that would be material to a client’s evaluation of the firm’s business practices.

Opening an Account at Advance Capital Management

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Tips for Finding the Right Financial Advisor

  • Want an advisor who will manage your assets on a non-discretionary basis? Use SmartAsset financial advisor matching tool to find one. It recommends up to three local advisors in five minutes. 
  • Know how your advisor gets paid. While they may sound interchangeable, there is a difference between fee-only and fee-based advisors. Namely, the former may have fewer conflicts of interest than the latter. 

 All information was accurate as of the writing of this article. 

How Many Years $1 Million Lasts in Retirement

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights places where $1 million will last the longest in retirement. Zoom between states and the national map to see the top spots in each region. Also, scroll over any city to learn about the cost of living in retirement for that location.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

Methodology To determine how long a $1 million nest egg would cover retirement costs in cities across America, we analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors. We then applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city. Using this data, SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%. This reflects the typical return on a conservative investment portfolio. Then, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would cover retirement expenses in each of the cities in our study. Cities where $1 million lasted the longest ranked the highest in the study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research