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Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants Review

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Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants, Inc.

Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants is a third-party pension and benefit plans administrator. The firm also serves in a fiduciary compliance role.

In other words, it doesn’t offer financial planning or investment management services directly to individuals. If you’re seeking this kind of professional, use our SmartAsset advisor matching tool. It recommends up to three local advisors who can meet your individual financial needs. 

Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants Background

Alpha & Omega has been in operation since 1974. It’s owned by its employees and an employee-related party. Its founders Peter E. Preovolos and Stella Poulos are still involved with the firm. They oversee a team with more than 130 years of combined experience in the financial services industry. The Alpha & Omega staff collectively holds the following degrees and designations: 

  • Ph.D. in accounting and finance
  • Accredited pensions administrator (APA)
  • Accredited pensions representative (APR)
  • Accredited investment fiduciary analyst (AIFA)
  • Certified public accountant (CPA)

Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Alpha & Omega serves the following types of benefit plans:

The firm doesn’t impose a specific account minimum. But it notes that clients tend to have at least $1 million in assets under management (AUM). 

Services Offered by Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants 

Alpha & Omega provides pension plans and other benefits entities with fiduciary compliance services around investment review and selection, among other tasks. It works with plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). To provide a full suite of investment advisory services, Alpha & Omega also works with clients’ other financial advisors. The firm also helps some clients remain compliant with safe harbor rules.

Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants Investment Philosophy

Alpha & Omega tailors its investment advice to the specific needs and goals of the client. Most of Alpha & Omega’s work relates to compliance. In many cases, it works with clients’ other financial advisors to ensure, as it states, that "clients exercise their investment authority and discretionary authority in a manner which is prudent and sound and supports the fiduciary obligation."

Fees Under Alpha & Omega Financial Management Consultants 

Alpha & Omega charges fees for their services as a percentage of assets under management (AUM). These typically vary from an annual 0.50% to 2.00% of AUM. It should be noted that these fees are separate from transaction costs, custodian fees, fund fees and other costs. 

What to Watch Out For

Alpha & Omega works with benefit plans such as pensions and corporate 401(k) plans. So it’s not a traditional financial advisor firm that works with individuals to customize their portfolios or manage their investments. 

Disclosures

The employees of Alpha & Omega have never faced any legal or disciplinary event related to delivering investment advisory services, according to the Form ADV the firm filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

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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.

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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