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Advised Assets Group, LLC

Advised Assets Group, LLC (AAG), is a Greenwood Village, Colorado-based financial advisor firm with just under $32 billion in assets under management (AUM). The firm's team of 281 financial advisors help manage assets for retirement plan sponsors, plan participants and individual retirement account (IRA) accountholders. By contracting with the sponsors of employer-sponsored retirement plans, they help both individual and institutional clients.

AAG is a fee-only firm, which means all of its compensation comes from the fees that its individual and institutional clients pay. This is markedly different from a fee-based firm, which may also earn commissions on certain insurance and security sales.

Advised Assets Group Background

Advised Assets Group was founded in 2000. Today, the firm is led by chief compliance officer (CCO) Kenneth I. Schindler and vice president Ryan Lynn Logsdon. AAG's parent company is Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company. It also works closely with Empower Retirement to provide asset management services.

The firm's advisory staff includes a few certified financial planners (CFPs).

Advised Assets Group Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

AAG works with more than 11,000 retirement plan sponsors, such as 401(a), 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans, as well as their participants. For the most part, these participants are non-high-net-worth individuals, though there are a select few high-net-worth individuals and government entities too.

AAG offers a service called Empower Managed Portfolios to clients who hold Empower Brokerage accounts. For this program, there is a $5,000 minimum investment requirement. The firm does not list minimum account sizes for any of its other services.

Services Offered by Advised Assets Group

Advised Assets Group offers a wide range of investment strategies to help plan sponsors and individuals meet their distinct financial goals. All programs help clients with retirement and asset allocation planning. These offerings fall into a few main categories:

  • Online Investment Guidance service
    • Easy-to-use investment account planning
    • Analytical investment tools
    • Asset allocation planning
    • Offered in conjunction with the Empower Retirement IRA program
  • Online Advice service
    • Retirement goal forecasting
    • Allows participants to manage their own portfolio with the help of investment tools and advice
  • Managed Account service
    • Investment management
    • Personalized asset allocation planning
    • Quarterly rebalances
  • Spend-Down Advice
    • Retirement income planning tools
  • Financial planning
    • Financial needs assessments
    • Third-party financial planning software
    • Life insurance recommendations

Advised Assets Group Investment Philosophy

The investment philosophy at Advised Assets Group may differ based on the types of services provided. However, advisors always make an effort to help clients with their individual preferances as they relate to their retirement needs and objectives. Proprietary asset allocation and retirement income projection methodologies are developed by Morningstar Investment Management for AAG.

When analyzing investments, AAG primarily looks at quantitative data. Advisors may also use qualitative analysis conducted by other investment professionals. The firm uses resources such as financial publications, annual reports, press releases and SEC filings to inform its investment decisions. While specific investment and retirement strategies will vary from client to client, advisors look to provide effective advice for both the retirement accumulation phase, as well as the "in-retirement" phase.

Fees Under Advised Assets Group

Pricing and fees for employer-sponsored retirement plan services are negotiable depending on what the plan wants AAG to do. There's generally no fee for clients utilizing online investment guidance programs, whereas online investment advice fees are generally $25 per year. Professional management program fees are typically capped at a 0.60% annual fee, though rates are lower for accounts with balances above $100,000.

Empower Retirement IRA account holders are typically charged according to the following fee schedule:

Empower Retirement IRA Fee Schedule
AUM Annual Fee
Up to $100K 0.55%
Next $150K 0.45%
Next $150K 0.35%
Above $400K 0.25%

All financial planning fees are negotiated on a plan-by-plan basis, so there is not a standardized fee schedule for these offerings. Also, not all plans will have access to this service.

Disclosures

Advised Assets Group does not have disclosures listed on its Form ADV.

Opening an Account With Advised Assets Group

For those looking to open an account with AAG, you'll need to reach out to the firm over the phone at (800) 888-4952, extension 41066.

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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.

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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