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Fiduciary Wealth Management

Fiduciary Wealth Management, LLC (FWM) is a fee-based financial advisor firm that oversees a little more than $177.5 million in assets under management (AUM). FWM employs three advisors at its lone office location in Alexandria, Virginia. Financial planning and discretionary investment management are the core advisory services at the firm.

Fiduciary Wealth Management Background

Fiduciary Wealth Management is under the principal ownership of firm president Christopher J. Broderick and 401(k) plan advisor Patrick D. Roth. The duo founded FWM in 2011. There’s an average of just over 20 years of financial services experience among the firm’s three-person team of advisors.

What Types of Clients Does Fiduciary Wealth Management Accept?

Fiduciary Wealth Management has a client base that consists of individuals both and with and without a high net worth, businesses and corporations. The firm also works with multiple types of qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, pension plans, profit-sharing plans and more.

Fiduciary Wealth Management Minimum Account Size

There are no minimum account size requirements for new clients of Fiduciary Wealth Management.

Services Offered by Fiduciary Wealth Management

Fiduciary Wealth Management provides a wide range of advisory services that suit its typical clientele. Check out the full list below:

  • Financial planning
    • Investment planning
    • Retirement planning
    • Life insurance review and analysis
    • Tax planning and minimization
    • College fund planning
    • Debt/Credit review and planning
  • Discretionary investment supervisory services
    • Personalized planning based on:
      • Individual goals
      • Risk tolerance
      • Time horizon
    • Investment policy statement (IPS) development
    • Current investment evaluation
  • Pension consulting
    • Plan design assistance for plan fiduciaries
    • Implementation of plans
    • Investment selection
    • Ongoing investment monitoring
    • Continuing plan participant education
  • Specific investment advice for:
    • Equities
    • Mutual funds
    • Bonds and other fixed-income investments
    • Debt securities
    • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
    • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
    • Government securities

Fiduciary Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

In order to serve each one of its clients in an optimal way , Fiduciary Wealth Management does a full evaluation of clients before working on their portfolios. This involves speaking with each client directly to outline his or her current financial situation, risk tolerance, time horizon and any specific financial objectives they may want to reach. Once your funds have been invested into the market, the firm’s staff will monitor and rebalance your portfolio if needed.

Although FWM remains heavily focused on long-term investing, it does occasionally institute short-term strategies. For example, this could be done to help meet a client’s liquidity needs or to hop on a trendy stock choice before it’s too late. Short-term trading, of course, can come with amplified risk, though.

Fees Under Fiduciary Wealth Management

The investment supervisory services at FWM roughly follow the fee schedule below, but the final negotiable fee rates you’re given will be listed on the final copy of your contract. These annual charges are split up into either monthly or quarterly percentages. You can have these payments pulled directly from your portfolio’s balance or receive an invoice that you can in turn pay.

Fees for Investment Supervisory Services
Total Assets Under Management Annual Fee
First $250K 2.00%
Next $250K 1.50%
Next $500K 1.00%
Above $1MM 0.75%

If you’re a financial planning client, your fees will instead be hourly charges. Fiduciary Wealth Management’s financial planning rates often fall between $175 to $300 an hour. You will be charged these fees in advance.

Check out the table below to see how FWM’s fees for its management services compare to those at similar financial advisor firms. Note that these fees are only estimates and actual costs may vary.

*Fee estimates only consider the maximum base fees for the services each firm provides. You may also pay manager fees and other fees, which can vary in amount. **All figures are based on median fee levels according to Bob Veres' 2017 Planning Profession Fee Survey. The above estimates solely take into account AUM-only fees. Total costs will likely be higher due to additional expenses.
Estimated Fee Comparison*
Your Assets Fiduciary Wealth Management  Investment Supervisory Services Fees National Median Advisory Fees**
$500K $8,750 $5,000
$1MM $13,750 $8,500 - $10,000
$5MM $43,750 $25,000 - $32,500
$10MM $81,250 $50,000

What to Watch Out For

Certain advisors at Fiduciary Wealth Management have the opportunity to earn extra commissions from the sale of insurance products to clients. This policy could represent a conflict of interest, as advisors may be incentivized to make insurance recommendations regardless of whether they will benefit clients or not. FWM and its staff all abide by fiduciary duty, though, meaning they are legally bound to act in clients’ best interests at all times.

Disclosures

As a firm, Fiduciary Wealth Management has a clean legal and regulatory record on its Form ADV.

Opening an Account With Fiduciary Wealth Management

If you want to begin working with Fiduciary Wealth Management, simply call the firm at (703) 242-1231. Other modes of communication with FWM include sending a message through its web-based portal or emailing firm president Christopher J. Broderick at cbroderick@fidwealthman.com.

Where Is Fiduciary Wealth Management Located?

Fiduciary Wealth Management operates just one advisory office in Alexandria, Virginia at 4604-H Pinecrest Office Park Drive.

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How Many Years $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 To determine how long a $1 million nest egg would cover retirement costs in cities across America, we analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns.

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%. This reflects the typical return on a conservative investment portfolio. 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