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Bright Advisers, LLC is a Brea, California-based financial advisor firm that's only licensed to work within the state of California. The firm is a fairly small operation, with just a few advisors on staff. It has a handful of clients who are individuals both with and without a high net worth. These clients subscribe to various financial planning, investment management and educational services through the firm.

Bright Advisers is a fee-only firm, as it does not receive commissions from third-parties. That's different from a fee-based firm, which are subject to conflicts of interest by receiving commissions as part of their compensation.

Bright Advisers Background

Bright Advisers is a relatively young firm, as it was founded in 2016. The firm's founder, owner and managing member is Kevin Luu. He has around two decades of experience in the financial advisor space. Luu has a Series 65 registration.

Bright Advisers Client Types and Minimum Account Size

Bright Advisers only works with individual clients. Of these individuals, some come in below the high-net-worth threshold and others come in above.

There is no minimum investment requirement for those interested in opening an account at Bright Advisers.

Services Offered by Bright Advisers

Bright Advisers offers a variety of services across the areas of financial planning, investment management and educational seminars. Investment management comes in both discretionary and non-discretionary versions. The firm will create an individualized portfolio for each client, including asset allocation planning, investment selection and regular portfolio monitoring.

Depending on your needs and preferences, financial planning services are available on either a one-time or ongoing basis. Topics covered by the firm may include will writing, estate planning, investment planning, tax planning, education planning, cash flow planning, retirement planning and more.

Bright Advisers also provides family office services for clients. This is a high-net-worth-centric offering that's designed to handle a family's entire financial needs all at once. A main goal of the service is to help clients build multi-generational wealth through estate planning, tax management and wealth management.

Bright Advisers Investment Philosophy

Bright Advisers investment philosophy is entirely client-focused. The firm will tailor its investment philosophy and advice to the individual needs and financial situation of each client. This involves determining a specific strategy based on factors like investment history, risk tolerance, liquidity needs, time horizon, income needs and other important preferences. These will all be viewed in the context of the client's overall financial goals.

Bright Advisers tends to adhere to the principals of modern portfolio theory (MPT) when crafting client portfolios. This method seeks to maximize portfolio gains, while minimizing risk for a specific risk tolerance. When it comes to gathering information in order to make final investment decisions for each portfolio, the firm utilizes many different sources, including Morningstar reports, newspapers and magazines, financial reports and SEC filings.

Fees Under Bright Advisers

Bright Advisers charges annual investment management fees to clients based on a percentage of their total AUM. Fees are calculated and billed on a quarterly or monthly basis. Total fees will not exceed 3.00% annually, with rates following the schedule below:

Investment Management Fee Schedule
Account Size Annual Fee
First $1,000,000 1.50%
$1,000,000 - $2,000,000 1.00%
$2,000,000 - $5,000,000 0.85%
$5,000,000 - $10,000,000 0.75%
Above $10,000,000 Negotiable

Here's roughly what you might expect to pay at different asset levels as a client of Bright Advisers:

*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 Bright Advisers*
Your Assets Bright Advisers Fee Amounts
$500K $7,500
$1MM $15,000
$5MM $50,500
$10MM $88,000

The firm charges one-time financial planning clients an hourly rate of $350 to $750. Ongoing financial planning services come with a separate fixed fee schedule, with rates ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 per year. Specific rates vary depending on the complexity of the services you're looking for.

If you take advantage of financial planning through Bright Advisers' family office services, rates will be higher. In fact, the firm's family office financial planning hourly fees are $500 to $750, while fixed fees vary from $15,000 to $30,000 per year. The rate you pay will vary based on your needs.

What to Watch Out For

There are no disclosures present on Bright Advisers SEC-filed Form ADV.

Bright Advisers' services are only available in the state of California, which means residents outside of that state cannot become a client of the firm. If you don't live in California but you're looking for a financial advisor in your area, try using SmartAsset's free advisor matching tool to get paired with as many as three local advisors.

Opening an Account With Bright Advisers

Opening an account with Bright Advisers involves going to the firm's website and submitting a contact form. You can also callover the phone if you'd rather speak to someone directly.

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