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Asset Management Group, Inc.

Stamford-based Asset Management Group, Inc. is a financial advisor firm that specializes in investment management and financial planning services. The firm employs two financial advisors that take care of approximately $410 million in client assets under management (AUM). The firm works almost entirely with individual clients, but it also counts businesses and retirement plans as clients.

As a fee-based firm, certain advisors at Asset Management Group may receive commissions for overseeing certain securities transactions or selling insurance products. On the other hand, a fee-only firm would earn compensation solely from client-paid fees.

Asset Management Group Background

Asset Management Group was founded in 1983 by LeGrand Redfield Jr. Today, Redfield acts as the president, CEO and principal owner of the firm, as well one of its two advisors. Redfield has more than 40 years of experience in the investment industry and holds three professional certifications: certified financial planner (CFP), chartered life underwriter (CLU) and chartered financial consultant (ChFC). The rest of the firm's staff does not have any advisory certifications.

What Types of Clients Does Asset Management Group Accept?

Asset Management Group primarily works with individuals below the high-net-worth threshold. However, about a third of the firm's client base consists of high-net-worth individuals. The remaining clients are a mix of corporations and retirement plans.

Asset Management Group Minimum Account Size

Asset Management Group doesn’t impose a minimum account size upon its clients. The firm does have a $2,700 minimum annual fee, though. As a result, if your account is small enough, the aforementioned minimum fee may cause you to pay a higher fee percentage relative to other clients at the firm.

Services Offered by Asset Management Group

Asset Management Group provides three primary services to its clients, with asset management being just one of them. The firm manages client portfolios according to each clients individual needs, and it also offers financial planning services and general consulting on an "as needed" basis. Financial planning can touch on a wide catalogue of topics depending on your specific situation:

  • Asset management
  • Comprehensive financial planning
    • Cash flow overview and planning
    • Tax planning
    • Estate planning
    • Retirement planning
    • Insurance planning
  • Consulting services

Asset Management Group Investment Philosophy

Asset Management Group prioritizes asset allocation over individual security selection when it comes to constructing client portfolios. The firm believes that such a strategy better lends itself to crafting a diversified portfolio that optimizes the potential for long-term returns.

When analyzing potential investments, the firm will employ both fundamental and technical analysis. Fundamental analysis is the practice of attempting to identify investments that the market is currently undervaluing. This is done by analyzing a company or fund’s financial statements, history, competition and other factors to gauge its intrinsic value. Technical analysis involves tracking statistics and indicators such as price and volume in order to suss out any trends that could potentially be exploited.

Fees Under Asset Management Group

Portfolio management services at Asset Management Group come with fees that are based on a percentage of your AUM. There will be an initial set-up fee of between $2,500 and $5,000, and annual fees thereafter will follow the below schedule:

Portfolio Management Fees
AUM Fee Rate
Up to $2.5MM 1.00%
Next $15MM 0.75%
Next $25MM 0.65%
Next $50MM 0.50%
Above $92.5MM 0.25%

Financial planning services at Asset Management Group come with either a fixed or an hourly fee. Flat fees typically range from $2,500 to $10,000 annually. For more limited planning or project-based consulting, the firm may charge an hourly fee of $750.

What to Watch Out For

Asset Management Group has a fee-based structure. This means the firm may earn commissions from transactions involving securities or insurance products. This fee setup creates the potential for a conflict of interest, but keep in mind that Asset Management Group has a fiduciary duty. This means the firm is legally obligated to act in the best interests of its clients at all times.

Disclosures

Asset Management Group has no disclosures listed on its Form ADV, meaning its record with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is clean.

Opening an Account With Asset Management Group

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Asset Management Group, you can get in touch in a few different ways. You can pick up the phone and give the firm a call at (203) 964-8300, or you can fill out the contact form provided on the firm’s website. You can also schedule an appointment online by clicking the link on the firm’s homepage.

Where Is Asset Management Group Located?

Asset Management Group’s office is located in Stamford, Connecticut on Long Ridge Road, near where it intersects with Cold Spring Road. Stamford is located roughly 45 miles northeast of New York City.

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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