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One distinctive feature of Capital Bank and Trust Company (CB&T) is that it only offers a limited selection of services to institutional accounts. This Irvine, California-based firm doesn’t currently advise any individual accounts. If you're in search of a firm that does, our free financial advisor matching tool can help.

CB&T currently has billions in assets under management (AUM) for a fairly large client base. Pooled investment vehicles, pensions and profit-sharing plans comprise the vast majority of client assets the firm manages. 

Capital Bank and Trust Company Background

CB&T was established in 2000 as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Capital Group Companies, Inc. The firm was formed as a federal savings bank, but it mainly operates as a registered investment advisor (RIA).

CB&T specializes in an array of advisory services for institutional investors and retail investors.

Capital Bank and Trust Company Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes 

CB&T advises employer-sponsored retirement plans and individual retirement accounts invested in registered investment companies. 

While the firm does not impose a minimum account size, clients invested in CB&T’s Commingled Funds may be subject to account minimums if they don’t have an account with Capital Group Private Client Services, an SEC-registered investment advisor that's affiliated with CB&T. 

Services Offered by Capital Bank and Trust Company

CB&T mainly offers directed trustee services and custodial services to employer-sponsored retirement plans and individual retirement accounts invested in registered investment companies. The firm also provides investment management and related services to other institutional clients.

Capital Bank and Trust Company Investment Philosophy 

CB&T says on its firm brochure that its investment approach consists of rigorous fundamental research and market analysis. The firm also believes that investment decisions shouldn’t be made lightly and that long-term investing generates better investment results. 

CB&T offers equity, fixed-income, balanced and other customized investment strategies that utilize companies both in and outside of the U.S.

Capital Bank and Trust Company Fees

CB&T does not disclose its fee structure in its firm brochure. 

What to Watch Out For

CB&T has one regulatory disclosure listed on its Form ADV. It should also be noted that sales and marketing officials may earn direct or indirect compensation from the services the firm provides, which presents a conflict of interest. Another caveat is that, in some instances, CB&T and its affiliates may receive performance-based fees.

Both of these fee arrangements can create a conflict of interest if advisors favor products that neglect a client’s best interest. But CB&T says it abides by a fiduciary duty.

Opening an Account with Capital Bank and Trust Company 

You can set up an appointment with a CB&T advisor by visiting any of the firm’s offices or by contacting the firm at (949) 975-5000.

All information was 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