Harbor Financial Services is both a registered broker-dealer and a registered investment advisor (RIA). The financial advisor says on its website that it believes in creating financial plans that help each client focus on their lifestyles.
The firm's network of investment advisor representatives (IARs) around the country work with both inidividual and institutional clients.
Harbor Financial Services Background
Harbor Financial has been providing investment advisory and brokerage services since 2006. The firm says on its brochure that it offers ongoing consultative investment management and services through investment advisory, portfolio management and consulting services.
Harbor Financial is owned and controlled by Level Four Group, LLC. The firm also holds membership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).
Harbor Financial Services Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes
Harbor Financial advises individuals, high-net-worth individuals, charitable organizations, pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, estates, foundations, endowments, corporations and other business entities.
The firm generally requires a minimum of $25,000 for its accounts.
Services Offered by Harbor Financial Services
Harbor Financial provides the following services:
- Portfolio management
- Representative advised account programs
- Wrap fee programs
- Financial planning
- Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
- Separately managed accounts (SMAs)
- Sub-advisory managed accounts
- Educational seminars and workshops
Harbor Financial Services Investment Philosophy
Harbor Financial generally evaluates securities and makes investment recommendations through fundamental analysis and technical analysis. The firm’s investment strategies also consist of long-term purchases, short-term purchases, short sales, margin transactions, option writing and option trading.
Asset types the firm invests in include exchange-traded equity securities, non-exchange-traded equity securities, U.S. state and local bonds, securities issued by registered investment companies, securities issued by pooled investment vehicles, cash and cash equivalents.
Fees Under Harbor Financial Services
Harbor Financial primarily charges asset-based fees for its advisory services, but the firm also earns compensation from hourly fees and commissions. You may negotiate fees with your IAR. Rates may vary based on the nature and size of your account, the level and type of advisory services being provided, and other factors.
Wrap fees for Harbor Financial Services' ICA Platform Representative Advised Account will not exceed 2.15%. Wrap fees for the firm's ICA Platform Sub-Advisor Managed Account will not exceed 2.50%.
What to Watch Out For
Harbor Financial only has one disclosure listed on its Form ADV. In 2012, the firm was found to have made unfair and unreasonable commission charges on certain securities. The case was settled with a $5,000 fine, a censure order and more than $19,000 in restitution being paid.
Prospective investors should also consider that Harbor Financial operates both as a broker-dealer and an investment advisor. Certain advisors can earn commissions that are in addition to compensation received from advisory fees. This can create a conflict of interest and cause advisors to favor commissioned products, but the firm says it honors a fiduciary duty.
Opening an Account with Harbor Financial Services
You can set up an account with Harbor Financial by visiting the firm’s Alabama office, or you can contact a financial advisor at (251) 650-0840.
All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.
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