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Located in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, Altus Wealth Management is a relatively small financial advisor operation that offers financial planning, investment management and wealth management. Altus works on a fee-only basis, meaning all of its compensation comes from client charges rather than outside commissions. 

Altus Wealth Management Background

Altus Wealth Management has been in business since 2010. The firm is run by a trio of managing partners: Steve O’Connor, Andrew Hermes and Bill Doepker. As a group, O’Connor, Hermes and Doepker have spent over 60 years working in the investing sphere.

All three members of Altus’ advisory staff hold the certified financial planner (CFP) designation.

Altus Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Individuals and high-net-worth individuals make up the vast majority of the client base at Altus Wealth Management. The firm also works with trusts and charitable organizations.

There are no minimum investment requirements for new clients of Altus Wealth Management.

Services Offered by Altus Wealth Management

Financial planning, wealth management and investment management are the central services available at Altus Wealth Management. This list details exactly what you can expect:

  • Financial planning
    • Retirement planning
      • Asset accumulation
      • Income planning
    • Investment planning
    • Tax planning
    • Education planning
    • Cash flow analysis
    • Estate planning
    • Stock option planning
    • 401(k) planning
    • Insurance planning
    • Charitable gift planning
    • Executive compensation
  • Investment management
    • Strategic investment selection
    • Asset allocation planning
    • Portfolio diversification
    • Bond ladder construction
  • Wealth management
    • A holistic merger between financial planning and investment management

Altus Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

Altus Wealth Management combines two major investing ideologies when forming its clients’ portfolios: modern portfolio theory (MPT) and tactical asset allocation. MPT is an award-winning philosophy that looks to place investments throughout markets in a strategic fashion to produce maximum returns for a given level of risk. This diversification applies to both the types of investments that are chosen (stocks, bonds, mutual funds etc.) and the specific securities within their markets.

Tactical asset allocation is an active management strategy that looks to take advantage of market trends. At the same time, though, Altus is a passive investor. In turn, its advisors prefer to hold securities within a portfolio for a year or longer. However, should the market shift, your advisor may temporarily abandon this guideline for the benefit of your overall returns.

Fees Under Altus Wealth Management

The services you want and the size of your account will dictate what your fee schedule will be. If you want standard wealth management services and your account has $300,000 or less in assets under management (AUM), you will adhere to the first table below. Should your portfolio stretch past the $300,000 threshold, the second table will apply. Finally, clients who subscribe to Altus’ fixed income portfolio service and have more than $300,000 in AUM will stick to the final table.

Fees for Altus Select (Accounts with $300,000 or less in AUM)
Assets Under Management Annual Fee
Up to $300,000 0.95%

 

Fees for Altus Premier (Accounts with more than $300,000 in AUM)
Assets Under Management Annual Fee
$300,001 - $500,000 0.95%
$500,001 - $1MM 0.90%
$1,000,001 - $2MM 0.80%
$2,000,001 - $3MM 0.70%
$3,000,001 - $5MM 0.60%
Over $5MM Negotiable

 

Fees for Altus Preservation (Fixed Income Portfolio)
Assets Under Management Annual Fee
$300,000 - $1MM 0.375%
$1,000,001 - $3MM 0.25%
Over $3MM Negotiable

Although Altus shows its fees in annual percentages, clients are technically charged every quarter. Fees are in arrears and are based on the average daily balance of the total net assets in your account. The firm allows you to pay via fee withdrawals from your account or paper/online invoices.

Here's how much you may pay in advisory fees when enrolled in the Altus Premier wealth management service:

*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Investment Management Fees for Altus Premier at Altus Wealth Management*
Your Assets Altus Wealth Management Fee Amounts
$500K $4,750
$1MM $9,250
$5MM $36,250
$10MM Negotiable

What to Watch Out For

According to its SEC-filed paperwork, Altus Wealth Management has no legal or regulatory disclosures in its past.

On occasion, employees of Altus Wealth Management may buy or sell securities that they also recommend for clients. While this could represent a conflict of interest, the firm has taken adequate steps to ensure that this is avoided. In fact, the firm has a code of ethics that every employee must follow when buying or selling a security that Altus recommends. Clients can gain access to a copy of this code by simply entering a written request. On top of this, the firm is a fiduciary, meaning it must always act in clients’ best interests.

Opening an Account With Altus Wealth Management

If you want to schedule a consultation with Altus Wealth Management, you can either call (859) 815-8566 or email one of its advisors at the following addresses:

  • Steve O’Connor: steve.oconnor@altuswm.com
  • Andrew Hermes: andrew.hermes@altuswm.com
  • Bill Doepker: bill.doepker@altuswm.com

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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.