Alight Financial Advisors LLC
Conducting business under the name Aon Hewitt Financial Advisors, Alight Financial Advisors is a fee-based firm that exclusively serves non-high-net-worth individuals. The firm doesn't advise many of these individuals directly, but rather through employer-sponsored retirement plans.
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Alight Financial Advisors Background
Founded in 2011, Alight functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of Alight Solutions, LLC. Alight also partners with Edelman Financial Engines to provide advisory services. Alight Solutions, which provides benefits administration and human resources and financial solutions, is in turn a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blackstone Group, LP.
Alight Financial Advisors Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes
Alight primarily serves individual employees participating in employer-sponsored defined contribution plans. The firm also extends its services to retirees.
Alight doesn’t specify its minimum account size requirements.
Services Offered by Alight Financial Advisors
Alight offers its clients a range of advisory services, including retirement evaluation for participants in employer-sponsored retirement plans, online advice, discretionary investment management and income payouts. The firm’s services also include:
- Portfolio management
- Financial planning
- Educational seminars and workshops
Alight also provides on-site financial education programs at its clients’ sites of employment. The firm also offers education programs through live or pre-recorded webinars.
In 2021 the firm launched Alight Financial Path, an integrated service that's available to customers using the Alight's HR and benefits portal. Alight Financial Path "aligns benefits information and guidance to employees at their point of need, whether it’s building an investment portfolio, paying down debt or saving for specific life stages," the firm says. The new service offers financial education, financial planning, navigation and engagement and support.
Alight Financial Advisors Investment Philosophy
Alight describes on its firm brochure that its policy is to implement high levels of attention and care when making investment decisions on behalf of its clients. The firm relies on Financial Engines’ investment methodologies and strategies when delivering investment advice.
Alight says that all of Financial Engines’ portfolio allocations take into account factors such as client investment objectives, risk tolerance and client circumstances. The firm typically invests in commingled funds, mutual funds, separate accounts, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), certificates of deposit (CDs) and individual equities. Advisors generally recommend long-term purchases, but they also employ trading or short-term purchases.
Fees Under Alight Financial Advisors
Alight generally has two separate categories of management fees it charges clients. For professional management services, the firm charges clients at a rate of up to 0.60% of assets under management (AUM). Clients pay these fees monthly or quarterly, in arrears.
Alight also charges management fees for plan participants using the firm’s online advice. The plan or plan sponsor typically pays these fees, but, in some cases, the firm charges the plan participant a fee ranging from $10 per eligible plan participant per year. The firm may also charge retirement plans or plan sponsors one-time or regular fees regarding set-up, licensing, integration or development.
What to Watch Out For
Alight’s only disclosure involved one of its affiliates, Hewitt Financial Services. In 2008, Hewitt received a censure and fine of $8,500 for failing to accurately prepare books and records and for inaccurately reporting level of capital and aggregate indebtedness. The affiliate was also found to have prepared inaccurate net capital computations. Alight’s Form ADV doesn’t list any other regulatory violations.
The firm is also fee-based, so advisors can earn commissions from selling financial products to clients. Despite this potential conflict of interest, the firm is a fiduciary and is legally obligated to act in the best interests of clients at all times.
Opening an Account With Alight Financial Advisors
If you’re interested in setting up an account with Alight, you can either visit the firm’s office, or you can set up an appointment with an advisor by calling the firm over the phone at (866) 560-7256 .
All information was accurate as of the writing of this article.
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