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Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management is part of the Wall Street bank's investment management division. The investment management division as a whole boasts a team of more than 2,000 financial advisors. Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, which has offices across the U.S., currently has just under $234 billion in assets under management.

The group generally requires its clients to have at least $10 million invested with Goldman Sachs. Thus, it primarily provides investment advisory and wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as foundations, endowments and institutions.

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management Background

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management has been an SEC-registered investment advisor since 1981. It's principally owned by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., the publicly traded bank and financial holding company and full-service financial services organization that's been in existence since 1869.

Goldman Sachs Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Due to its notably high account minimums, Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management works with many high-net-worth individuals and families. But it also manages assets for non-high-net-worth clients, as well as institutions that include pooled investment vehicles, pension and profit sharing plans, charitable organizations, government entities, insurance companies, sovereign funds, corporations and trusts. 

The firm typically requires clients to invest at least $10 million to open a private wealth management account. In order to open an advisory or managed account, clients must have at least $1 million under Goldman Sachs' management or a net worth that exceeds $2.1 million. A client’s total net worth can include assets that he or she holds jointly with a spouse.

Services Offered by Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management offers the following services to its clients:

  • Investment advisory services
  • Trading, hedging and structuring solutions
  • Wealth advisory services:
    • Income planning
    • Estate planning
    • Gift planning
    • Generation-skipping tax planning 
    • Philanthropy
  • Trust and estate administrative services
  • Private banking and lending
  • Advisory services for select institutions

For certain clients, Goldman Sachs also offers a suite of family office services that includes:

  • Tax support 
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Administrative services
  • Philanthropy
  • Cyber security 
  • Physical security
  • Health advisory services

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management offers a wide range of asset classes and investments. Clients can choose from a variety of investment vehicles, including cash, fixed income, equities and alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds. Goldman Sachs will also create custom investment vehicles for clients.

Goldman Sachs' Investment Strategy  Group, a separate team of global investment professionals, provides guidance on asset allocation and portfolio diversification. Advisors’ investment decisions for individual accounts are typically based on a client's investment objectives, risk tolerance, time horizon and financial situation.

Fees Under Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management

Goldman Sachs charges clients for advisory services provided by private wealth advisors according to one of two fee models: a single advisory fee structure or a strategy-based advisory fee model. The former is recommended to clients who invest across a number of asset classes rather than a small number of managed strategies. It will depend on a variety of factors whether a client will pay more or less with one model or the other.

The following fee schedules apply to advisory accounts that are managed by private wealth advisors.

Tax-Oriented Strategies
Asset Level Total Fee
$0 - $10 million 1.65%
$10 million - $25 million 1.05%
$25 million - $50 million 0.95%
$50 million - $100 million 0.85%
$100 million - $250 million 0.8%
$250 million - $500 million 0.75%
More than $500 million 0.7%


Structured Investment Strategies
Asset Level Total Fee
$0 - $10 million 1.9%
$10 million - $25 million 1.7%
$25 million - $50 million 1.6%
$50 million - $100 million 1.5%
$100 million - $250 million 1.4%
$250 million - $500 million 1.3%
More than $500 million 1.2%


Goldman Sachs Option Advisory Services (GOAS)
Asset Level Total Fee
$0 - $10 million 1.25%
$10 million - $25 million 1.15%
$25 million - $50 million 1.1%
$50 million - $100 million 1.05%
$100 million - $250 million 1%
$250 million - $500 million 1%
More than $500 million 1%

Clients may also pay commissions, commission equivalents, mark-ups, mark-downs and spreads. Fees for custody, family office services and consolidated reporting may also apply. Clients will also be responsibly paying any expenses or fees related to mutual funds and private investment funds.

What to Watch Out For

Goldman Sachs has been subject to numerous disciplinary events over the last decade. The firm has 445 disclosures reported on its ADV form.

Prospective and current clients should be aware that Goldman Sachs and its advisors are compensated for the sale of securities, banking products and other investments and services. Furthermore, they receive higher fees and compensation for investing clients' assets in affiliated products, which means they may be more likely to recommend those products as opposed to outside products.

Opening an Account With Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management

To open an account with Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, you'll need to sign an investment advisory agreement. Clients must also select an investment objective and portfolio objectives that align with their larger investment goals and level of risk tolerance. Additionally, clients must meet Goldman Sachs' specified minimums (listed above) to open an account.

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management is headquartered in New York City. It has additional offices in large cities across the U.S. The company also provides private wealth management services in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. You can get more information on its website or by calling (212) 902-1000.

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.