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Capital Trust Wealth Management (CTWM), otherwise known as Brough Investment Group, LLC, is a fee-only financial advisor based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The registered investment advisor (RIA) only has one advisor who manages the assets of under 100 clients. 

Capital Trust Wealth Management Background 

CTWM was formed in 2009 by firm president and CEO Thomas. Brough. Brough is the firm’s only advisor. Along with offering clients a range of wealth management solutions, the firm’s planning process entails establishing objectives, determining risk tolerance, monitoring and evaluating progress and designing and building portfolios.

Capital Trust Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes 

The firm doesn’t impose a minimum account size requirement, and its client base consists of non-high-net-worth individuals and high-net-worth individuals

Services Offered by Capital Trust Wealth Management

CTWM offers the following advisory services:

  • Portfolio management 
  • Financial planning 
  • Retirement planning

Capital Trust Wealth Management Investment Philosophy 

CTWM’s mission is to give clients a positive, long-term investment experience and an advisory relationship supported by trust and company-wide integrity, according to its website. The firm’s investment philosophy is rooted on many beliefs, including the ideas that diversification reduces risk and investment cost minimization is crucial for long-term success. 

When analyzing securities, CTWM mainly uses fundamental, cyclical, quantitative, qualitative and technical analysis. The firm offers investment advice on the following investment vehicles: mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), domestic equities, foreign equities, corporate bonds, commercial paper, certificates of deposit (CDs), municipal bonds, U.S. treasuries, alternative investments and other types of securities. 

Fees Under Capital Trust Wealth Management

For investment advisory services, CTWM charges asset-based fees in arrears. The fees are billed quarterly, based on the average daily balance of a client’s account. We’ve listed the firm’s investment advisory fee schedule below:

Capital Trust Wealth Management Fee Schedule
Amount of Assets Management Fee
First $250,000 1.50%
Next $250,000 1.25%
Next $500,000 1.00%
Over $1,000,000 0.75%

This chart shows what you can expect to pay in real dollars:

*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Investment Management Fees at Capital Trust Wealth
Your Assets Capital Trust Wealth Fee Amounts*
$500K $6,875
$1MM $11,875
$5MM $41,875
$10MM $79,375

What to Watch Out For 

CTWM has two disclosures currently listed in its SEC documents.

This firm is only licensed to operate in four states: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

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.

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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