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Granite Bay Wealth Management, LLC

With its only office located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Granite Bay Wealth Management, LLC (GBWM) oversees more than $250 million in assets. This fee-based financial advisory firm provides financial planning as part of its asset management services to clients with more than $250,000 in their accounts. The firm's small team of advisors can also offer stand-alone financial planning, retirement planning and consulting services for retirement plans.

The firm also appears on our list of top advisors in Portsmouth.

Granite Bay Wealth Management Background

Principal owners Joseph Skees and Paul Stanley founded Granite Bay Wealth Management in 2015. The duo has spent a combined 40 years working in the financial services industry, including at Fortune 500 companies and on Wall Street.

Skees holds the certified financial planner (CFP), chartered life underwriter (CLU), chartered financial consultant (ChFC), certified employee benefit specialist (CEBS) and chartered portfolio manager (CPM) designations. Meanwhile, Stanley also holds the CFP and CPM certifications. 

Granite Bay Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

GBWM works with individuals, high-net-worth individuals, trusts, ERISA plans and ERISA plan sponsors. It may waive its minimum account size requirements, but generally requires new clients to have at least $250,000 in investable assets.

Services Offered by Granite Bay Wealth Management

Granite Bay Wealth Management’s services are centered around asset management and financial planning, as well as retirement plan consulting to qualified plans.

Financial planning services may touch on a range of topics and services, including financial statements and analysis, risk management, employee benefits, investments, income taxes, retirement and estate planning. The firm can also assist with education planning and trust planning

Granite Bay Wealth Management Investing Philosophy

In order to construct a portfolio according to your financial situation, Granite Bay Wealth Management will look to identify key points in your investor profile. This principally involves your personal risk tolerance, time horizon and any distinct long- or short-term goals you may have. These factors then come together to help the firm create your portfolio’s asset allocation. GBWM places clients on an asset allocation scale that ranges from aggressive to moderate to conservative. 

Although exchange-traded funds and mutual funds remain Granite Bay’s top investment recommendations, the firm has a plethora of stock and bond types that it may include in clients’ portfolios, such as:

  • Stocks
    • U.S. small-cap growth
    • U.S. large-cap growth
    • U.S. small-cap value
    • U.S. large-cap value
    • International developed market
    • International emerging market
  • Bonds
    • U.S. government agencies
    • U.S. government treasuries
    • U.S. high-rated corporate
    • U.S. low-rated corporate
    • Inflation-adjusted
    • International developed market
    • International emerging market

Fees Under Granite Bay Wealth Management

Fees for stand-alone financial planning services are charged an hourly rate, which ranges from $300 to $400, depending on the complexity of the services. 

Fees for portfolio management are asset-based and range from from 0.50% to 1.50%. GBWM lists these fees as annual percentages, but they are technically split into four equal, quarterly charges. All fees are based on the gross asset value of your account on the last market day of the previous quarter. Clients can choose to pay either via a direct invoice or through an automatic debit from their account’s balance.

Since the firm provides only a range of its investment management fees, it's hard to say how exactly its rate compares to other firms' rates. 

Granite Bay Wealth Management Fees
Program/Service Fees
Standalone financial planning $300 - $400/hour
Asset management 0.50% - 1.50% annual fee
Retirement plan consulting services negotiable

GBWM’s retirement plan consulting services operate on a fully negotiable, percentage-based fee structure. Like the rest of the firm’s offerings, the nature of these services ultimately decides what rates plan sponsors will receive. In certain situations, GBWM may include hourly fees as well.

What to Watch Out For

Granite Bay Wealth Management shows a clean legal and regulatory record with the SEC on its Form ADV.

That said, as a fee-based firm, some advisors at Granite Bay Wealth Management are separately licensed to sell insurance policies and securities for which they collect transaction-based fees. This creates a potential conflict of interest, but as registered fiduciaries, GBWM and its advisors are legally required to act in clients' best interests.

Opening an Account With Granite Bay Wealth Management

Prospective clients of Granite Bay Wealth Management can either call (603) 610-8881 to set up a consultation or submit contact information on the firm's website for someone to get back to you to set up a consultation.

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.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

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