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Executive Wealth Management is one of our top financial advisors in Brighton, Michigan, which sits just outside of Detroit. The vast majority of the firm’s clients are individuals, but it also provides services to high net worth individuals, pension plans, charitable organizations, corporations and estates.

Executive Wealth Management's founder Albert P. Herzog III still serves as one of its directors. The firm has several offices and works with thousands of clients. Executive Wealth Management provides a range of services to its clients including portfolio analysis and financial planning.

Executive Wealth Management Background

Executive Wealth Management was founded by Herzog III in 1981. It became a registered investment advisor in 2006. Since then, the firm has expanded to several different offices in the state of Michigan. Executive Wealth Management also operates in conjunction with Fortunatus Investments, a proprietary money management platform.

Using research and other insights from Fortunatus Investments, the firm develops individualized wealth management strategies for its clients. It is owned by EWM Capital, LLC.

Executive Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Executive Wealth Management offers its services to a range of clients, including individuals, high net worth individuals, pension and profit-sharing plans, retirement plan participants, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and other businesses.

Executive Wealth Management doesn’t have a minimum account size for its Advisor Managed Portfolio service. However, the firm charges a minimum annual fee of $35, so accounts smaller than $7,000 will be charged more than what the standard fee schedule would suggest. To take part in the firm’s wrap fee program, you’ll need an initial investment of at least $2,000.

Services Offered by Executive Wealth Management

  • Fortunatus Separately Managed Wrap Fee Program
  • Advisor Managed Portfolios
  • 401(k) portfolio allocation recommendations
  • Portfolio management within retirement plans
  • Pension consulting
  • Financial planning

Executive Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

Executive Wealth Management describes its investing approach as “disciplined, risk adjusted and timely.” The firm uses a combination of long-term purchase strategies, short-term purchase strategies, short sales, options and margin transactions to create the perfect asset allocation for each client. Each asset allocation will be tailored to the risk tolerance and financial preferences of the specific client.

When it comes to analyzing securities, Executive Wealth Management relies on fundamental analysis and technical analysis to factor in both overall economic conditions and how past market movements could influence future trends. The firm looks to identify securities and investment products that the market is undervaluing, then build diversified portfolios across several asset classes.

Fees Under Executive Wealth Management

For the Advisor Managed Portfolio service, fees are split between assets management fees and administrative fees. Asset management fees adhere to the following schedule:

Asset Management Fees
Assets Under Management Fee Percentage
$0 - $249,999 1.50%
$250,000 - $499,999 1.25%
$500,000 - $999,999 1.00%
Above $1,000,000 0.75%

The Administrative Fee schedule is as follows:

Administrative Fees
Assets Under Management Fee Percentage
$0 - $1,999,999 0.50%
$2,000,000 - $2,999,999 0.45%
$3,000,000 - $4,999,999 0.40%
$5,000,000 - $7,499,999 0.35%
$7,500,000 and above 0.30%

Financial planning fees at Executive Wealth Management are typically a fixed fee between $250 and $2,000, depending on the size and the complexity of the circumstances. All fees will be decided upon before entering into any agreement. The below table shows how Executive Wealth Management's asset management fees might look for a potential client.

What to Watch out For

Executive Wealth Management does not have any disclosures on its SEC-filed Form ADV.

Certain advisors who work at Executive Wealth Management can receive commissions from insurance or securities sales. Despite the potential conflict of interest this creates, the firm's fiduciary duty legally requires it to act in clients' best interests.

Opening an Account With Executive Wealth Management

To get in touch with Executive Wealth Management, you have a few different options. You can visit the firm’s website and fill out the contact form with your name, email address and message. You can also look on the website and find which office is closest to you, then either call or visit in person. If you have a question and you don’t want to use the contact form, you can email the firm as well.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.

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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.