Brighton Jones, LLC
Brighton Jones is a fee-only wealth management firm based in Seattle. The firm currently holds the top spot on SmartAsset's list of the top financial advisors in Seattle. Brighton Jones has received other industry recognition as well, including placing on Barron's list of the top 100 independent financial advisors, Financial Times' list of the top registered investment advisors and more.
This firm provides advice on topics like estate planning, retirement planning and investment management. The firm works with a multitude of clients, but its clear focus is on high-net-worth individuals.
Brighton Jones Background
Brighton Jones first opened its doors in December 1999 in Washington state. The firm then became a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2000. Today, co-founders Charles Brighton and Jon Jones serve as principal owners of Brighton Jones. Brighton is also the firm's managing director of family offices, and Jones is CEO.
The advisors who work at this firm hold a large number of certifications. In fact, the firm employs 46 certified financial planners (CFPs), 19 certified public accountants (CPAs), three chartered financial analysts (CFAs), one certified investment management analyst (CIMA) and more.
Brighton Jones Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes
Brighton Jones works with the following types of clients:
- Individuals with and without a high net worth
- Pension and profit-sharing plans
- Pooled investment vehicles
While this firm generally doesn't require a minimum investment, it typically charges a minimum quarterly fee ranging from $2,500 to $3,500 for its services. Brighton Jones may reduce or waive this fee at its own discretion.
Services Offered by Brighton Jones
Brighton Jones offers a combination of investment management and financial planning services. It can manage investment portfolios with asset allocations that adhere to a client's risk tolerance, investment goals and other unique circumstances in order to help them meet their goals.
Advisors can also provide stand-alone financial planning services based on the client’s needs. The plan may cover various financial tasks, including:
- Estate planning
- Tax management
- Real estate planning
- Retirement planning
- Strategic philanthropic planning
- Risk management
- Cash flow planning
- Wealth transfer planning
In addition, the firm offers advisory services to sponsors of retirement plans. Brighton Jones can assist with various needs, such as offering investment selection advice for the plan’s participants.
Brighton Jones Investment Philosophy
Brighton Jones may utilize various investment strategies that it considers suitable to help clients meet their investment goals. Below, we lay out some common methods of analysis that advisors may use when deciding which investments are best for a particular client's portfolio:
- Fundamental analysis: This involves analyzing the historical and current data of companies (earnings, expenses, liabilities, etc.) in order to develop financial forecasts for their securities.
- Technical analysis: This entails examining historical and present stock prices and trade volumes in order to project price movements.
- Cyclical analysis: This examines historical relationships between price and market trends in order to forecast the direction of stock prices.
Fees Under Brighton Jones
Brigton Jones generally charges an annual advisory fee for investment management services based on a percentage of each client's AUM. This fee typically ranges from 0.35% to 1.25%. For reference, a 2018 study by RIA in a Box found that the average annual advisory fee is 0.95%.
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 as a fixed fee or from $150 to $300 as an hourly fee.
Advisory fees are prorated and paid quarterly in advance based on 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.
What to Watch Out For
Opening an Account With Brighton Jones
For those looking to work with an advisor at Brighton Jones, the best way to reach out to the firm is to call its Seattle headquarters or fill out the contact form on its website. You can also try visiting one of Brighton Jones' office locations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Denver or Washington, D.C.
All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.
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