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Greenspring Advisors, LLC, formerly known as Greenspring Wealth Management, Inc., is a fee-only financial advisor firm located in Towson, Maryland. It advisory team oversees billions in assets under management. The majority of the money the firm manages is attributable to pension and profit-sharing plans, although most of the firm’s clients are individuals and high-net-worth individuals.

Greenspring offers wealth management services, which encompass tax considerations, estate planning and other areas of financial importance. It has been recognized by numerous publications over the last five years, earning top rankings from Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Times, Forbes, PLANADVISER and InvestmentNews.

Greenspring Advisors Background

Greenspring Wealth Management, Inc. was established in 2004, but rebranded it as Greenspring Advisors, LLC in 2018. Co-founder Joshua Itzoe worked at Morgan Stanley prior to founding the firm, while J. Patrick Collins, Jr. was previously employed by Merrill Lynch. Collins Jr. currently serves as partner, managing director and chief compliance officer. 

The advisory team at Greenspring boasts a variety of certifications. The team has certified financial planners (CFP), accredited investment fiduciaries (AIF), enrolled agents (EA), chartered retirement plans specialists (CRPS) certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA), hartered financial consultant (ChFC), chartered life underwriter (CLU), chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a chartered advisor for senior living (CASL) on staff.

Greenspring Advisors Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Greenspring Advisors, LLC works with a wide variety of clients in different capacities. Over three-quarters of its client base is made up of individuals and high-net-worth individuals.  However, it also works with a substantial number of pension and profit-sharing plans. The firm also serves trusts, estates, non-profits, charitable organizations, corporations and other businesses.

Greenspring Advisors’ accounts have various minimum fees required, depending on the service.

For financial planning services, Greenspring Advisors requires a minimum annual fee typically spanning from $2,000 to $15,000.

Services Offered By Greenspring Advisors

The services available to clients at Greenspring Advisors, LLC are essentially divided into three areas: wealth management; foundations, endowments and non-profits; and corporate retirement plans. Within these groups, you’ll find the following offerings:

  • Wealth management
    • Financial planning
    • Estate planning
    • Tax management and minimization
    • Discretionary portfolio management
    • Comprehensive performance reporting
  • Foundations, endowments and non-profits
    • Investment oversight
    • Portfolio construction
    • Committee support
    • Fee analysis
    • Goal setting
    • Policy development
    • Comprehensive performance reporting
  • Corporate retirement plans
    • For your company:
      • Strategic plan management
      • Investment planning and monitoring
      • Vendor management
      • Fee analysis
      • Plan design consulting
    • For your employees:
      • Advice from a certified financial planner
      • Risk analysis
      • Retirement analysis
      • Monthly communication
      • Check-ins every quarter
      • Pre-retirement financial planning

Greenspring Advisors Investment Philosophy

Greenspring Advisors doesn’t necessarily adhere to any particular investment strategy. The firm, for instance, uses both short-term and long-term securities purchases. Most firms stick exclusively to a long-term ideology, as it usually entails safer investments with the opportunity for reliable growth. However, Greenspring uses short-term purchases in an effort to meet clients’ more immediate liquidity needs.

The advisors at this firm will adjust the types of investments included in clients’ portfolios depending on their specific needs and financial goals. While traditional securities make up a sizable portion of clients’ portfolios, the firm will also use fixed income, cash, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds.

Fees Under Greenspring Advisors

Like many financial advisor firms, Greenspring Advisors, LLC has a graduated fee schedule based on a percentage of assets under management. The higher your account’s balance, the lower your fee rate. These costs are billed to your account on a quarterly basis in advance. The firm charges clients for its investment management services based on the following fee schedule:

Asset Level Annual Fee
First $300,000 1.25%
$300,001 - $1,000,000 1.00%
$1,000,001 - $3,000,000 0.75%
$3,000,001 and above 0.50%

The below table offers a sense of how Greenspring Advisors’ fees compare based on asset amount.

Estimated Fee Comparison*
Your Assets Greenspring Advisors Maximum Fee Amount
$500K $5,750
$1MM $10,750
$5MM $35,750
$10MM $60,750
*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

What to Watch Out For

Greenspring Advisors, LLC employes a relatively small number of advisors managing many client accounts. That means that each financial advisor at the firm is expected to oversee multiple accounts. For investors who want a more personalized feel, this could be a turn-off.

Aside from this though, there isn’t much else to look out for at Greenspring. The firm is fee-only, which means it solely earns money from advisory fees, and it does not have any outside relationships or affiliations that could create potential conflicts of interest. 

Greenspring Advisors, LLC has a clean record with no disclosures or other legal issues to report.

Opening an Account With Greenspring Advisors

The easiest and fastest way to open an account with Greenspring is to either visit one of its physical locations in Towson, Maryland or Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, or call the firm at (443) 564-4600. If you’d prefer that an advisor get in touch with you, you can fill out a short form on Greenspring’s website. You’ll be asked to provide your first and last name, phone number, email address and a description of your needs.

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.