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American Wealth Management, Inc. (AWM) is a fee-based financial advisor that’s centrally located in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm also operates six other branches in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida, California and Washington State. The staff of financial advisors here is sizable, with the firm managing a couple hundred million dollars in client assets.

Some advisors at the firm earn commissions as broker-dealers.

American Wealth Management Background

Founded in 1994, American Wealth Management has been in business for over 25 years. Current president Jerry Borzello established the firm and remains the principal owner to this day. Borzello has around 30 years of experience in financial services and investing. The firm also has secondary branches in Palm Harbor, Florida; Petaluma, California; Biloxi, Mississippi; Tacoma, Washington; Casper, Wyoming; and Corinth, Mississippi.

American Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Non-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals are the only types of clients at American Wealth Management. Corporate pension and profit-sharing plans, foundations, endowments and charitable organizations can also receive services at the firm.

For the most part, American Wealth Management adheres to a minimum opening account size of $100,000. Depending on your circumstances, though, the firm may negotiate this requirement.

Services Offered by American Wealth Management

Clients of American Wealth Management can access a number of different advisory services across financial planning and investment advising, including:

  • Comprehensive financial services
    • General financial planning
    • Retirement planning
    • Education cost planning
    • Estate planning
    • Trust planning
    • Investment consulting
      • Portfolio monitoring and rebalances
      • Return analysis
    • Investment advising for:
    • Specialized advisory services
      • Retirement plans
      • Hedge funds
      • Employee stock options
      • Custodial and trust services
      • Research

American Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

Rather than prepare a set of model portfolios or use a one-size-fits-all approach, American Wealth Management will customize an investment strategy for each of its clients. First and foremost, the firm states that your personal investment objectives are of the utmost concern, as this sheds light on the overall time horizon of your desired financial future. Aside from this ultimate factor, the firm takes into account your risk tolerance, liquidity needs and any investment discretion.

When selecting which investments will live in your portfolio, AWM relies on its proprietary market research. At a deeper level, this involves micro and macroeconomic information, fundamental and technical analysis, outside research materials, corporate rating services, annual reports, SEC filings, company press releases and more.

Fees Under American Wealth Management

American Wealth Management has an extremely compact, negotiable fee schedule. Clients will pay an annual fee of about 1% to 2% for investment management. This rate is divvied up into four quarterly payments, with each being paid in advance.

All AWM fees are based on the total value of your assets under management at the conclusion of the quarter. You can choose either to receive an invoice for your fees or have them deducted directly from your account’s balance.

What to Watch Out For

American Wealth Management has two disclosures listed on its SEC-filed Form ADV. Both of these involve the firm directly, though one is attributed to both the firm and one of its advisory affiliates. This disclosure references an issue that came up in 2006 due to findings of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), which no longer exists. This resulted in a $15,000 fine, disgorgement and censure. The second disclosure does not list any publicly available information.

It is also worth noting that some advisors can earn commissions as broker-dealers. This can present a conflict of interest. Still, all advisors must act in the best interest of the clients when serving as an advisor.

Opening an Account With American Wealth Management

Prospective clients of American Wealth Management can best reach the firm over the phone at (770) 392-8740 and via email at You can have an AWM advisor call you by simply filling out the firm’s online contact form with your personal information, best times to contact you and an overview of the services you’re looking for.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.

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How Long $1mm 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.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

Methodology We analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns to determine how many years of retirement a $1 million nest egg would cover in cities across America.

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%. 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