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Horter Investment Management is a financial advisor firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its large team of financial advisors who manage hundreds of millions in client assets. The firm specializes in investment management and retirement planning for individuals, the vast majority of whom are below the high-net-worth cutoff.

As a fee-based firm, Horter receives revenue from client fees but also allows certain licensed advisors to receive commissions for the sale of specific insurance products or securities. That differentiates it from a fee-only firm, in which 100% of the firm’s compensation comes from client-paid fees.

Horter Investment Management Background

Horter Investment Management was founded in 1991 by CEO and president Drew Horter under the name Horter Asset Management. It changed to its current name in 2006. Drew Horter still principally owns the firm.

Horter Investment Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Horter Investment Management works with non-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and pension and profit-sharing plans. The vast majority of the firm's current client base are non-high-net-worth individuals. 

Horter Investment Management generally doesn’t require a minimum account size, with the exception of a $50 minimum quarterly fee for non-discretionary accounts.

Services Offered by Horter Investment Management

Horter Investment Management specializes in ongoing investment management and advice. The firm’s advisors may provide this management directly, or they may recommend portfolio management programs offered by third-party money managers or tactical institutional mutual funds.

Additionally, the firm offers access to Nationwide Advisory Soulutions, a no-load fee-based registered investment advisor variable annuity. Horter also provides investment management services to tax-qualified retirement plans, though this will naturally differ slightly from the firm’s standard services.

Horter rounds out its services with a spectrum of financial planning offerings. Its staff can provide services like tax and cash flow planning, investment planning, insurance planning, retirement planning, death and disability planning and estate planning.

Horter Investment Management Investment Philosophy

When a new client joins Horter Investment Management, the firm identifies the client’s individual goals and objectives, time horizon, risk tolerance, liquidity needs, net worth, total income and other suitability factors.

Horter advisors may recommend the use of third-party managers and/or institutional mutual funds in a multi-manager portfolio, model portfolio or as a stand-alone investment. A multi-manager portfolio comprises two or more third party manager strategies and institutional mutual funds. They are intented to smooth out volatility and returns over time through the enhanced diversification of assets. 

As for security selection and investment management, the firm uses charting analysis, mutual fund and/or ETF analysis and third-party money manager analyiss.

Fees Under Horter Investment Management

For its investment management services, Horter charges fees based on a percentage of clients’ assets under management (AUM). These fees may be negotiable depending on the complexity of your situation, the type of client you are and if you have a pre-existing relationship with the firm, among other factors. Fee rates will generally adhere to the fee schedule below:

Horter Investment Management Fees
Program Name Fee Percentage
Third-Party Money Manager Program 1.99%
Tactical Institutional Mutual Fund 1.99%
Nationwide Advisory Solutions 1.99%
Retirement Plan Asset Management (Third-party money managers) 1.99%
Retirement Plan Asset Management (Index funds only) 0.50%
Alternative Investments 1.25%
Non-Discretionary Accounts 0.10% ($50 quarterly minimum)

Financial planning fees at the firm may be charged at a fixed rate or an hourly fee. If hourly, the fee will likely fall between $150 and $175. If fixed, the fee won’t exceed $3,500.

What to Watch Out For

Horter Investment Management has two disclosures listed on its Form ADV. which is in relation to a violation levied by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It states that the firm distributed performance advertising materials that were provided by F-Squared Investments, an unaffiliated signal caller that released inaccurate performance information from 2001 until 2008. Without admitting or denying these allegations, Horter in 2017 agreed to a censure, a $250,000 fine and paying $528,804 in restitution and prejudgement interest. 

It should also be noted that Horter Investment Management is a fee-based firm. This is because certain advisors are licensed insurance agents, leaving them open to earn commissions for selling insurance products. Some Horter advisors may also be registered representatives of a securities broker-dealer, meaning they may receive commissions from overseeing certain securities transactions. Despite this, Horter Investment Management abides by fiduciary duty. As a result, it is legally bound at all times to act in clients’ best interests.

Opening an Account With Horter Investment Management

To get in touch with Horter Investment Management, you can call the firm’s headquarters at (513) 984-9933 or send an email to You can also visit the firm’s website and fill out the provided contact form with your name, phone number, email address and a message.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.

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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