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Top Financial Advisor in Aliso Viejo, CA

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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Aliso Viejo, California

If you’re having trouble finding a suitable financial advisor, our ranking of the top financial advisor firms in the Aliso Viejo, California area can help you narrow down your search. The ranking compares each firm’s investment strategies, advisory services, assets under management (AUM) and more. You can also use SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching tool to connect with up to three advisors who serve your area.

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Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 NFP Retirement, Inc. NFP Retirement, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$78,717,910,074 $25,000
  • Financial planning 
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors
  • Research reports on 401(k) plans

Minimum Assets

$25,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning 
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors
  • Research reports on 401(k) plans

What We Use in Our Methodology

To find the top financial advisors in Aliso Viejo, we first identified all firms registered with the SEC in the city. Next, we filtered out firms that don't offer financial planning services, those that don't serve primarily individual clients and those that have disclosures on their record. The qualifying firms were then ranked according to the following criteria:

  • AUM
    Firms with more total assets under management are ranked higher.
  • Individual Client Count
    Firms who serve more individual clients (as opposed to institutional clients) are ranked higher.
  • Clients Per Advisor
    Firms with a lower ratio of clients per financial advisor are ranked higher.
  • Age of Firm
    Firms that have been in business longer are ranked higher.
  • Fee Structure
    Firms with a fee-only (as opposed to fee-based) compensation structure are ranked higher.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article. This list may include firms that have a business relationship with SmartAsset, in which SmartAsset is compensated for lead referrals. Such relationships have no impact on our rankings, and firms are included and ranked based strictly on the above criteria.

NFP Retirement

The top advisory firm on our list in Aliso Viejo, California is none other than NFP Retirement, which is a fee-based firm. The company serves individuals, high-net-worth individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other business entities.

NFP Retirement's investment minimum is $25,000 for portfolio management clients. However, plan services don't have a minimum amount since it's determined by the adviser on a case basis.

NFP Retirement Background

Founded in 1980 and owned by NFP Corp, the firm is lead by CEO Doug Hammond, president and chief operating officer Mike Goldman.

NFP Retirement Investing Strategies

The investment strategies the firm utilizes are passive (index) and actively managed mutual funds. Funds utilized are diversified to minimize the risk associated with the capital markets. For portfolio/model construction, the firm also adpots the modern portfolio theory by utilizing third-party research.

How Long $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 We weighed potential expenditures for a prospective retiree with a  $1 million nest egg to assess how many years that fund would cover in retirement in America’s largest cities.

We 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 metro areas across the U.S.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a net annual return of 2% after inflation. 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.