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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. The firm employs certified financial planners (CFPs), certified public accountants (CPAs), chartered financial analysts (CFAs), chartered retirement planning counselors (CRPC) 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
  • Charities
  • 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

Brighton 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 2021 study by Advisory HQ found that the average annual advisory fee is 1.02%.

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

Brighton Jones has a clean legal and regulatory record, as is evidenced by the fact that it has no disclosures on its SEC-filed Form ADV.

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' offices in the following locations:

  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • Newport Beach
  • Palo Alto
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Scottsdale
  • Washington, D.C.

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