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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Annapolis, Maryland

The are so many financial advisors out there. To be exact, there 10,616 investment advisor firms registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the U.S. - and 2,631 in the Washington D.C./Philadelphia region alone. To help you narrow the field, we pulled the firms headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland and collected such fundamentals as their assets under management (AUM), fee basis and investment strategy. Then we put all the info together, here, for convenient comparing and contrasting. Start your search with this list of the top financial advisor firms in Annapolis, Maryland. Then use SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching tool to connect with up to three local advisors.

Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 Scarborough Capital Management Scarborough Capital Management logo Find an Advisor

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$769,427,885 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisers (including private fund managers)
  • Educational seminars/workshops

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisers (including private fund managers)
  • Educational seminars/workshops
2 Bay Point Wealth Management Bay Point Wealth Management logo Find an Advisor

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$376,468,841 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

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No set account minimum

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  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
3 1 North Wealth Services, LLC 1 North Wealth Services, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$198,671,581 $500,000
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

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$500,000

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  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

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4 The Ellerson Group Inc The Ellerson Group Inc logo Find an Advisor

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$166,891,283 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisers (including private fund managers)

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No set account minimum

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  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisers (including private fund managers)
5 ValueWealth Services, LLC ValueWealth Services, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$131,915,659 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Educational seminars/workshops

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No set account minimum

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  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Educational seminars/workshops
6 RCS Financial Planning, LLC RCS Financial Planning, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$118,419,254 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other advisers (including private fund managers)

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

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  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other advisers (including private fund managers)
7 Financial Concepts Unlimited, Inc. Financial Concepts Unlimited, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$116,429,853 $30,000
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

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$30,000

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  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
8 Chesapeake Financial Planning Chesapeake Financial Planning logo Find an Advisor

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$114,266,069 Varies based on account type
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Educational seminars/workshops

Minimum Assets

Varies based on account type

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Educational seminars/workshops

How We Found the Top Financial Advisor Firms in Annapolis, Maryland

For this list, we only considered financial advisor firms in Annapolis that are registered fiduciaries with the SEC. We then removed any advisory practices that have had a legal or disciplinary issue within the past 10 years or whose individual accounts make up less than half of their client base. The top eight firms are listed here, sorted by AUM, starting with the largest. All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.

Scarborough Capital Management

Scarborough Capital Management

At the top of the list, Scarborough Capital Management more than $769 million in assets. Its advisors are all also brokers and licensed insurance agents. This means they earn commissions, which is a potential conflict of interest -- though they must act in the best interest of the client. The team includes eight chartered retirement planning consultants (CRPCs), seven certified financial planners (CFPs), one chartered mutual fund counselor (CMFC), one certified college planning specialist (CCPS), one retirement income certified professional (RICP), one accredited investment fiduciary (AIF) and one chartered federal employees benefits consultant (ChFEBC). (Advisors may have more than one certification.)  

The firm does not seem to require a minimum balance to open an investment account. It follows that the vast majority of its client base is mostly individuals who do not have a high net worth. The firm also works with corporations or other business entities.

Scarborough Capital Management Background

Scarborough Capital began in 1989 as The Scarborough Group, Inc. It changed its name in 2008, and five years later, five advisors -  Ryan Ansted, Ian Arrowsmith, Gregory Ostrowski, James Sprinkel and Shawn Walker - bought the firm. They’re all still co-equal partners and working at Scarborough Capital as advisors.

The practice offers discretionary investment management services, financial planning,  consulting services and educational seminars. It also provides 401(k) and 403(b) plan management as a sub-advisor to Retirement Management Systems Inc.

Scarborough Capital Management Investing Strategy

The firm seeks to optimize portfolios for return and risk by using the principles of asset allocation and diversification. In designing client portfolios, advisors utilize model portfolios provided by an independent third-party research company. The models, which range from conservative to aggressive, are guidelines, and advisors may deviate from them - or not use them. 

Investments could include mutual funds, stocks and cash holdings.

Bay Point Wealth Management

Bay Point Wealth Management

Though a third of the size of No.1 on this list, Bay Point Wealth Management comes in second. The firm has headquarters in Annapolis and a branch in Sarasota, Florida. The team has five certified financial planners (CFPs), three certified public accountants (CPAs) and one chartered financial analyst (CFA).

The fee-only firm mostly works with high-net-worth individuals. It also offers its services to pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and other business entities. It doesn’t publish a minimum account size requirement.

Bay Point Wealth Management Background

William Hufnell founded the firm in 1995. He is the principal owner while another William Huffnell and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Anderson have small stakes. A third Huffnell also works at the practice.

Bay Point Wealth provides asset management on a discretionary basis. It also offers financial planning and advice not related to securities, such as estate planning.

Bay Point Wealth Management Investing Strategy

The firm generally allocates client assets to no-load mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), typically using discount brokers. It also invests in individual equities and individual bonds. When evaluating securities, it will apply charting, fundamental, technical and cyclical methods of analysis. It notes that it does not participate in initial public offerings (IPOs).

1 North Wealth Services, LLC

1 North Wealth Services, LLC

The team at fee-only 1 North Wealth Services, LLC (1NWS) includes two certified financial planners (CFPs) and one chartered advisor in philanthropy (CAP).

Most individual clients do not have a high net worth. 1NWS also serves corporations, retirement plans, estates, trusts and charitable foundations. It sets the minimum for investment accounts at $500,000, though it may waive the requirement at its discretion.

1 North Wealth Services Background

The firm first registered in Maryland in 1992. Information is not available about its founder. The current owner, CEO James Brennan, bought the firm in 2018. He is the sole owner.

The primary business of 1NWS is providing investment advice and discretionary asset management services. It also offers financial planning on an hourly or fixed-fee basis.

1 North Wealth Services Investing Strategy

Depending on the client’s profile and goals, 1NWS generally applies a blend of these strategies:

  • Capital Preservation Strategy - seeks to preserve capital while earning a higher return than cash
  • Total Return Strategy - invests in fixed income instruments such as corporate bonds, mortgage-backed bonds, municipal bonds and mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) holding these types of investments - plus, possibly, high dividend-paying stocks, preferred stock, and shares of master limited partnerships (MLPs)
  • Growth Strategy - invests where most of the return is expected to come from market appreciation, such as in individual stocks and stock or bond mutual funds and ETFs
  • Alternative Strategy - may invest in mutual funds and ETFs holding long/short equity or bond positions, precious metals, commodities and real estate 

In choosing securities, 1NWS primarily uses fundamental analysis and to a lesser extent, technical analysis

The Ellerson Group Inc

The Ellerson Group Inc

Also a fee-only firm, The Ellerson Group Inc doesn't have any advisors who list financial certifications.

Though The Ellerson Group offers its services to pension and profit-sharing plans and nonprofit organizations, it currently works only with individuals, with a nearly even split between high-net-worth and non-high-net-worth. If the firm has an investment account minimum, it does not publish it. It does, however, note that its services tend to be most helpful to clients with at least $1,000,000.

The Ellerson Group Background

James Ellerson founded the firm in 1995, after working for 13 years at another firm as an investment advisory representative. He is the sole owner.

According to the one-page brochure the firm filed with the SEC, The Ellerson Group offers investment management services. It also offers financial planning and consulting.

The Ellerson Group Investing Portfolio Strategy

Again, the firm filed a one-page brochure with the SEC, so not a lot of information is publicly available about its investing strategies. It seems to have a conservative focus, though. At least that is how it describes its equity strategy on its website. The practice also states there that it invests its fixed income portfolios primarily in individual bonds, certificates of deposit, income stocks and income mutual funds.

According to SEC data, assets under The Ellerson Group’s management were allocated as:

  • 41% Exchange-traded stocks
  • 40% Securities issued by registered investment companies (like mutual funds) or business development companies
  • 18% Cash or cash equivalents
  • 1% Investment-grade corporate bonds

ValueWealth Services, LLC

ValueWealth Services, LLC

ValueWealth, LLC is a fee-based firm that works with individuals, most of whom are not high-net-worth. There are no institutional clients at the firm.

Some advisors at the firm earn commissions for selling securities, which is a potential conflict of interest. That said, advisors must act in the best interest of the client. Fees for investments supervisory services are based on a percentage of assets under management, while financial planning fees are charged either hourly or at a flat rate.

The team at ValueWealth includes one certified financial planner (CFP). There is no minimum account size.

ValueWealth Background

ValueWealth was founded in 2004 and is owned by Peter Wyrough, who is also an advisor.
 
Services include investment supervisory, financial planning and consulting.

ValueWealth Investment Strategy

Stocks are the most common investment at this firm, so if you're looking for a place where advisors will help you invest in individual companies, this is a good choice. Other investments include bonds, cash and certificates of deposits.
 

RCS Financial Planning, LLC

RCS Financial Planning, LLC

RCS Financial Planning, LLC is a fee-only firm with a team that includes two certified financial planners (CFPs) and chartered financial analyst (CFA).

With no minimum requirement to open an investment account, the firm serves far more individuals who do not have a high net worth than those who do. It also works with pension and profit-sharing plans.

RCS Financial Planning Background

RCS Financial was formed in 2017 and received its SEC registration the following year. It is soley owned by President Ted Toal.

The boutique practice provides discretionary portfolio management services. It also offers financial planning, selection of other advisors and pension consulting services. 

RCS Financial Planning Investment Strategy

The firm centers its strategy on Modern Portfolio Theory. It generally uses long-term trading. According to the most recent SEC data, assets under RCS Financial’s management were mostly allocated to securities issues by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies. Stocks and cash holdings were also used.

Financial Concepts Unlimited, Inc.

Financial Concepts Unlimited, Inc.

Financial Concepts Unlimited, Inc. is a fee-based firm. Its advisors are also brokers and insurance agents, meaning they earn commissions. This is a potential conflict of interest, but advisors must act in the best interest of the client.

The minimum to open an investment account is $30,000 - and the firm states it may lower the amount at its discretion. Not surprisingly then, individual clients who do not have a high net worth outnumber those who do. Financial Concepts doesn’t mention working with any clients besides individuals.

Financial Concepts Unlimited Background

The firm was first registered with a state authority in 1990. In 2011, current CEO John Taylor became its sole owner.

Financial Concepts categorizes its services as a mutual fund asset allocation program, variable annuity sub-account management and financial planning. On its website, it further specifies its financial planning to include estate and business planning and executive benefits and tax planning.

Financial Concepts Unlimited Investing Strategy 

Based on the client’s profile and objectives, Financial Concepts will recommend at least one of seven proprietary model portfolios. These models consist of advisor-class shares of mutual funds, stocks, bonds, options and other security instruments. The firm may also modify models and it may utilize unaffiliated third parties as sub-advisors. 

As of its latest filings with the SEC, assets under Financial Concepts’ management were primarily invested in securities issued by registered investment companies (like mutual funds) or business development companies. Stocks were also used as an investment.

Chesapeake Financial Planning

Chesapeake Financial Planning

Chesapeake Financial Planning is a fee-based firm with a team of advisors including one certified financial planner (CFP). The firm works with only individuals, most of whom do not have high net worths.

Fees are generally based on a percentage of assets under management. Some advisors earn commissions as brokers. This is a potential conflict of interest, but advisors must act in the best interest of the client.

The minimum account size is either $50,000 or $100,000, depending on which program you are enrolled in.

Chesapeake Financial Planning Background

Chesapeake was founded in 1990. Elizabeth Bennett is the sole owner. The firm was registered in Maryland until 2019, when it registered with the SEC.

Services offered at Chesapeake include asset management, financial planning, financial consulting and educational seminars.

Chesapeake Financial Planning Investment Strategy

Fundamental and technical analyses are at the heart of the investment strategy at Chesapeake. According to the latest SEC filing, 100% of client money is invested in securities issued by registered investment companies such as mutual funds or business development companies.

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.

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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