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Cabot Wealth Management is a financial advisor firm based in Salem, Massachusetts, with millions in current assets under management. Founded in 1983, the firm has been in business for more than 35 years. You’ll need at least $500,000 in order to work with a Cabot advisor, and you’ll need triple that to receive tax preparation services. The firm primarily works with high-net-worth individuals.

Cabot Wealth Management Background

Cabot Wealth Management was founded in 1983 by Robert Lutts, who still owns 35% of the firm. Director of Wealth Management Jim Gasparello, Senior Wealth Advisor Gregory Stevens and Manager of Trading and Operations Sonia Ernst each own 20%. Senior Financial Planner Tom Vautin owns 5%. The firm offers wealth management services to a mix of high net-worth-individuals, non-profits and other charitable organizations.

Cabot Wealth Management Types of Clients and Minimum Account Sizes

Cabot Wealth Management provides services to 645 clients. The overwhelming majority of its clients are high-net-worth individuals, and the rest are charitable organizations.

In order to open an account with Cabot Wealth Management, you’ll need a minimum of $500,000 in assets. If you’re wishing to qualify for tax preparation services with the firm, you’ll need at least $1,500,000. Cabot Wealth Management can choose to waive these minimums depending on the specific situation, however.

Services Offered by Cabot Wealth Management

Cabot Wealth Management offers a wide range of services to its clients, split into four broad categories. They are as follows:

  • Portfolio management
    • Asset allocation
    • Alternative investments
    • Risk management and diversification
  • Wealth management
    • Estate planning
    • Financial planning
    • Retirement planning
    • Tax preparation and planning
  • Corporate counseling
    • Business succession
    • Workplace financial education workshops
    • Retirement plan management and counseling
  • Trust and endowment planning
    • Non-profits
    • Pension plans
    • Asset management strategies
    • Assistance with tax reporting

Cabot Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

Cabot Wealth Management adopts a tailored approach to each individual client, factoring his or her risk tolerance, timeframe and goals into the equation when making investment recommendations. Cabot chooses to ground its recommendations in long-term potential rather than tips or hunches. Your advisors will approach asset allocation with consistency and discipline, using quantifiable research to come up with an investment strategy and sticking to it.

Fees Under Cabot Wealth Management

For asset management services, Cabot Wealth Management generally charges its fees on a quarterly basis and in advance. All fees are subject to negotiation at the firm’s discretion, but they will usually adhere to the following schedule:

Assets Managed Fee Rate
Up to $1,000,000 1.25%
$1,000,000 - $2,500,000 1.00%
$2,500,000 - $5,000,000 0.85%
$5,000,000 - $10,000,000 0.75%
Above $10,000,000 Negotiable

The specifics of your fees, like your exact fee rate and when you’ll pay, will be spelled out in a written agreement with the firm. The below table shows how Cabot Wealth Management's fees compare to the national median. Remember that these are only estimates and actual fees may vary.

Estimated Fee Comparison at Cabot Wealth Management*
Your Assets Cabot Wealth Management Maximum Fee Amount
$500K $6,250
$1MM $10,000
$5MM $37,500
$10MM Negotiable
*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

What to Watch Out For

On occasion, Cabot advisors will recommend external brokerage or custodial accounts to clients, typically with Charles Schwab or TD Ameritrade. While Cabot isn’t affiliated with either of these firms in any official capacity, Cabot can still occasionally benefit from the informal relationship that arises from frequently recommending these firms, either through access to industry conferences or professionals. These benefits create an incentive to continue recommending these firms, which in turn may create a potential conflict of interest.

Despite any potential conflicts of interest, Cabot Wealth Management is bound by fiduciary duty, which means that it is legally obligated to act in its clients' best interests in all matters.

According to its latest SEC-filed form ADV, Cabot Wealth Management does not have any disclosures.

Opening an Account With Cabot Wealth Management

If you’re looking to start a relationship with Cabot Wealth Management, you can head to the firm’s website contact page. You can also call the office at (978) 745-9233 to schedule an initial consultation. 

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