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Berman Capital Advisors, LLC

Berman Capital Advisors, LLC is a fee-only firm in Atlanta that primarily serves high-net-worth individuals and families. The team of 11 advisors offers investment management, financial planning and comprehensive wealth management (which is investment management plus ongoing financial planning). The firm manages almost $2.3 billion in assets on a discretionary and non-discretionary basis.

The boutique wealth manager is currently on SmartAsset’s top financial advisor list for Atlanta.

Berman Capital Advisors Background

CEO Justin Berman founded the firm in 2010. Before then, he worked at Goldman Sachs as a vice president in the private wealth management division. He has an MBA from Wharton. Today, he is the majority owner of the firm, while Chief Financial Officer Jill Asrael has a small stake and five other employees or members have even smaller stakes. 

Berman Capital Advisors Types of Clients and Minimum Account Sizes

Berman Capital works primarily with ultra high-net-worth families and their trusts and foundations. It also serves business and government entitites.

Berman Capital generally requires clients to have at least $5,000,000 to invest. It may waive or lower this minimum at its discretion though.

Services Offered by Berman Capital Advisors

As noted earlier, Berman Capital offers both discretionary and non-discretionary investment management services. It also offers stand-alone financial planning and financial planning with investment management (which it calls comprehensive wealth management). Its ongoing financial planning can cover:

Additionally, the firm advises a private fund, BCA Noble Hospitality Income Access, LP, which is available only to “accredited Investors,” as defined by the Securities Act and “qualified purchasers,” as defined by the Investment Company Act. 

Berman Capital Advisors Investing Philosophy

Berman Capital uses a “multi-manager” investment approach, which means that it will recommend investment managers to oversee separate accounts. Depending on client profiles, it may also allocate assets to mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Fees Under Berman Capital Advisors

Like most firms, Berman Capital collects management fees based on a percentage of assets under management (AUM). Here are its tiered fee schedules for investment management and comprehensive wealth management services:

Investment Management
AUM Annual Fee
First $10 million 1.00% 
Next $15 million 0.75%
Next $50 million 0.65% 
Next $75 million 0.50% 
Assets more than $150 million 0.35% 


Comprehensive Wealth Management
AUM Annual Fee
First $10 million 1.25%
Next $15 million 0.90%
Next $50 million 0.75%
Next $75 million 0.65%
Assets more than $150 million 0.50%

For context, the average fee for investment management is 0.95%, according to a 2018 study of 1,500 firms by RIA in a Box. Here is the estimated dollar amount you'd pay in advisory fees based on the size of your account:

*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Investment Management Fees at Berman Capital Advisors*
Your Assets Annual Fee Amount
$5MM $50,000
$10MM $100,000
$25MM $212,500
$75MM $537,500
$150MM $912,500
$200MM $1,087,500


*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Comprehensive Management Fees at Berman Captial Advisors*
Your Assets Annual Fee Amount
$5MM $62,500
$10MM $125,000
$25MM $260,000
$75MM $635,000
$150MM $1,122,500
$200MM $1,372,500

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

Berman Capital Advisors Awards and Recognition

For the past five years (2015 to 2019), Berman Capital has been named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers list.

What to Watch Out For

Berman Capital had no legal or disciplinary actions in the past 10 years to disclose in its most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

One thing to note: Berman Capital does not work with small investors. If you are looking for a financial advisor who serves investors at your level, use SmartAsset’s pro matching tool.

Opening an Account With Berman Capital Advisors

The best way to reach Berman Capital is to call (404) 554-4999.

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

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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.

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

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