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Top Financial Advisors in Clayton, MO

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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Clayton, Missouri

Choosing a financial advisor is like choosing a spouse. You want to get it right the first time. To help you narrow the field, we collected key info such as assets under management (AUM), fee basis and investment strategy. Then we put all the info together for easy comparing and contrasting. Start your search with this list of the top financial advisor firms in Clayton, Missouri. Try SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching tool to connect with up to three advisors who serve your area.

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Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 HM Capital Management, LLC HM Capital Management, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$5,693,648,672 $15,500 minimum annual fee
  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors

Minimum Assets

$15,500 minimum annual fee

Financial Services

  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors
2 Matter Family Office Matter Family Office logo Find an Advisor

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$3,402,186,839 No set account minimum
  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Selection of other advisers
  • Educational seminars
  • Create and administer pooled investment vehicles

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Selection of other advisers
  • Educational seminars
  • Create and administer pooled investment vehicles
3 Correct Capital Wealth Management, LLC Correct Capital Wealth Management, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$834,162,334 $500,000
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisers
  • Publication of periodicals
  • Educational seminars

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisers
  • Publication of periodicals
  • Educational seminars
4 Foundation Wealth Management, LLC Foundation Wealth Management, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$529,401,575 $5,000 minimum annual fee
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting

Minimum Assets

$5,000 minimum annual fee

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting

What We Use in Our Methodology

To find the top financial advisors in Clayton, we first identified all firms registered with the SEC in the city. Next, we filtered out firms that don't offer financial planning services, those that don't serve primarily individual clients and those that have disclosures on their record. The qualifying firms were then ranked according to the following criteria:

  • AUM
    Firms with more total assets under management are ranked higher.
  • Individual Client Count
    Firms who serve more individual clients (as opposed to institutional clients) are ranked higher.
  • Clients Per Advisor
    Firms with a lower ratio of clients per financial advisor are ranked higher.
  • Age of Firm
    Firms that have been in business longer are ranked higher.
  • Fee Structure
    Firms with a fee-only (as opposed to fee-based) compensation structure are ranked higher.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article. This list may include firms that have a business relationship with SmartAsset, in which SmartAsset is compensated for lead referrals. Such relationships have no impact on our rankings, and firms are included and ranked based strictly on the above criteria.

HM Capital Management

At the top of this list is HM Capital Management, a fee-only firm overseeing the largest amount in assets of any firm on this list. Most of these assets are related to its pension consulting business. Roughly $254 million is related to individual accounts, and of these individual clients, about half do not have a high net worth and half do.

The team has an array of credentials, including certified public accountant (CPA), registered fiduciary (RF), certified financial planner (CFP), retirement plan associate (RPA), certified private wealth advisor (CPWA) and qualified 401(k) plan administrator (QKA). Rather than use a minimum investment requirement, the firm requires a minimum annual management fee of $15,500, though it may be willing to work with clients who pay less than that.

HM Capital Management Background

Matthew Kopsky, Maribeth Snodgrass and Karen Gloriod founded the firm in 2005. Today, the former serves as president and CEO and the latter two as executive vice presidents. Kopsky has controlling interest through a trust, while the other two and another employee have small stakes.

As noted earlier, the great bulk of HM Capital’s business is pension consulting. It also works with affluent families and less affluent families, managing their investments and providing family office services. Additionally, it provides consulting services for pooled investment vehicles.

HM Capital Management Investing Strategy

Relying on outside research, the firm uses charting, fundamental and technical methods of securities analysis. In implementing asset allocations, it may utilize long-term purchases (securities held for at least one year), short-term purchases (securities sold within a year), tradiing (securities sold within 30 days), short sales, margin transactions and options.

Matter Family Office

Matter Family Office tops our list, though it's only second in terms of assets under management. That's because it's strong in multiple other factors, including clients-per-advisor, number of individual clients and years in business.

The fee-only firm has headquarters in Clayton, as well as branches in Denver and Dallas. The team in Clayton includes certified financial planners (CFPs), JDs, certified public accountants (CPAs) and chartered financial analysts (CFAs).

There is technicaly no account minimum at the firm, but the firm aims for every account to have an minimum annual fee of at least $75,000. The only institutional clients the firm works with are pooled investment vehicles and charities.

Matter Family Office Background

In 1990, after working at a financial education and planning center for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, Katherine Linze set up her own financial shop in Clayton with a focus on families. Today, the firm employs a total of 41 people and has three locations. Linze is the majority owner through a trust, while other staffers also hold stakes.

Matter Family seeks to help families manage their wealth from generation to generation. It does this by providing investment and wealth management services, including creating and managing pooled private funds. It also helps families develop financial skills, share values and communicate. It is unique in that it meets with clients at least quarterly.

Matter Family Office Investing Strategy

The firm’s primary strategy is to use diversification to reduce volatility while maintaining strong returns. It has its own investment committee but also relies on Asset Consulting Group for research and modeling. Except for the private funds it manages, all assets under its management are on a non-discretionary basis, which means the firm does not have pre-approval for making trades.

Correct Capital Wealth Management

Correct Capital Wealth Management has grown quite a bit for a firm that was only founded a few years ago. Its founder, Brian Pultman, worked at Wells Fargo Advisors for 25 years, during which time Barron’s named him one of America's Top 1200 Financial Advisors six times. Altogether, the team has two certified financial planners (CFPs), one accredited investment fiduciary (AIF) and one certified public accountant (CPA).

This fee-based firm has a $500,000 account minimum, but its client base is a split between individuals with and without a high net worth. In addition to individuals, the practice serves pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts and estates.

Correct Capital Wealth Management Background

As noted above, Brian Pultman founded the firm in 2018 after a long career at a major financial services company. He named his firm after his grandfather’s cap manufacturing company, Correct Cap Company. He is the principal owner of the firm to this day.

The practice is mainly in the business of providing wealth management services, which includes both customized investment management and financial planning services. It may also recommend subadvisors to manage investment accounts. 

Correct Capital Wealth Management Investing Strategy

Depending on your profile and goals, Correct Capital primarily puts client assets among various individual equities, debt securities, fixed-income, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). It uses fundamental and technical analyses when choosing investments.

Foundation Wealth Management is a fee-only firm with a minimum fee of $5,000 each year; there is no account minimum, but the minimum fee makes it not a good option for some smaller accounts. The firm works primarily with individuals, the majority of whom do not qualify as high-net-worth. Institutional clients include pension/profit sharing plans and government entities.

Fees for investment management are based on a percentage of assets under management, while financial planning fees are charged at a fixed rate.

There are two certified financial planners (CFPs) at the firm.

Foundation Wealth Management Background

FWM was founded in 2003 and is majority-owned by Pamela Hardin, who also serves as president.

Services include investment management, retirement plan services, investment committees, participant-directed retirement plans and financial planning.

Foundation Wealth Management Investment Strategy

More than half of the money managed at FWM is invested in mutusl funds. Bonds, stocks and cash holdings are also part of the overall portfolio.

 

How Long $1 Million 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 weighed potential expenditures for a prospective retiree with a  $1 million nest egg to assess how many years that fund would cover in retirement in America’s largest cities.

We 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 metro areas across the U.S.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a net annual return of 2% after inflation. 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.