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Brighton Jones

Brighton Jones is a fee-only wealth management firm based in Seattle. It also has offices in Portland, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Washington, D.C. The firm currently has more than $5 billion in assets under management (AUM). Brighton Jones provides advice on such topics as estate planning, retirement savings and investment management. 

Brighton Jones Background

Brighton Jones first opened its doors in December 1999 in Washington state. It then became a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2000. Today, Charles Brighton and Jon Jones serve as principal owners. 

What Types of Clients Does Brighton Jones Accept?

Brighton Jones works with the following types of clients: 

  • Individuals including high-net-worth ones
  • Trusts
  • Estates
  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Pension and profit-sharing plans

Brighton Jones Minimum Account Size

While the firm does not generally require a minimum investment, it does typically charge a minimum quarterly fee of $2,500 for its services. Brighton Jones may reduce or waive this fee at its own discretion. 

Services Offered by Brighton Jones

Brighton Jones offers investment management and financial planning services. It can manage investment portfolios with asset allocations that adhere to the client's risk tolerance investment goals and other unique circumstances in order to help the client meet investment objectives. 

Advisors can also provide stand-alone financial planning services depending on the client’s needs. The plan may cover various financial tasks including: 

  • Estate planning
  • Tax management
  • Real estate
  • Retirement planning

In addition, the firm offers advisory services to plan sponsors of retirement plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Brighton Jones can assist with various tasks such as offering investment selection advice for the plan’s participants.   

Brighton Jones Investment Philosophy

Brighton Jones may utilize various investment strategies it considers suitable to help clients meet their investment goals. Below, we lay out some common methods of analysis that advisors may use:

Fundamental - involves analyzing the historical data of companies (earnings, expenses, liabilities, etc.) in order to develop financial forecasts 

Technical - entails examining historical and present stock prices in order to project price movements 

Cyclical - examinines historical relationships between price and market trends in order to forecast the direction of prices

Fees Under Brighton Jones

Brigton Jones generally charges an annual advisory fee for investment management based on a percentage of client AUM. This fee typically ranges from 0.35% to 1.25%. 

The firm can also provide clients with stand-alone financial planning and consultation services. Fees are negotiable, but they usually range from $2,000 to $15,000 on a fixed-fee basis, and from $150 to $300 on an hourly rate basis.

Advisory fees will be prorated and paid quarterly in advance based upon the market value of the assets on the last business day of the previous quarter. They do not cover expenses such as custodial transaction fees and expenses related to the underlying funds your portfolio invests in. You should carefully analyze fund expense ratios found in the prospectus of each fund. You can also find important fee-related details in the investment advisory agreement you sign with Brighton Jones.

But you can compare Brighton's advisory fees against national median rates. We describe these below. But keep in mind this assumes your Brighton asset-based advisory fee is the minimum of 0.35%

*Fee estimates only consider the maximum base fees for the services each firm provides. You may also pay manager fees and other fees, which can vary in amount. **All figures are based on median fee levels according to Bob Veres' 2017 Planning Profession Fee Survey. The above estimates solely take into account AUM-only fees. Total costs will likely be higher due to additional expenses.
Estimated Fee Comparison*
Your Assets Brighton Jones Advisory Fee (Minimum 0.35%) National Median Advisory Fees**
$500K $1,750 $5,000
$1MM $3,500 $8,500 - $10,000
$5MM $17,500 $25,000 - $32,500
$10MM $35,000 $50,000

What to Watch Out For 

Brighton Jones generally recommends TD Ameritrade or Fidelity Investments as the  custodian for your account. Each firm charges brokerage commissions and/or transaction fees for initiating certain securities transactions, a framework that’s nearly universal for custodians in the investment advisory space.

Brighton Jones Disclosures 

As of the time of this writing, the firm has no disciplinary or legal events in the past 10 years to disclose. 

Opening an Account With Brighton Jones

You can open an account with Brighton Jones by calling the firm at (206) 258-5000, or by visiting its website at http://www.brightonjones.com/. 

Where Is Brighton Jones Located?

Brighton Jones is based at the following address: 

2030 1st Avenue, 3rd Floor

Seattle, Washington 98121 

In addition, you can find branch offices at the following locations: 

111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 4100

Portland, Oregon 97204

 

445 Bush Street, 6th Floor

San Francisco, California 94108

 

4237 N. Craftsman Court, Suite 200

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

 

8270 Greensboro Drive, Suite 725

McLean, Virginia 22102

All information was 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 cost of living in retirement there.

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Methodology SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities. Using that calculation, we determined how many years $1 million would last in retirement in each major city.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors throughout the country. 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.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%, reflecting the typical return on a conservative investment portfolio. Finally, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would last in each of the cities in our study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research