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Independent Advisor Alliance, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Independent Advisor Alliance, LLC (IAA) is a fee-only financial advisor that manages assets for both individuals and institutions.

Independent Advisor Alliance Background 

IAA was established in 2012, but it became a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2013. The firm partners with LPL Financial LLC to offer securities and investment products. Robert Russo owns the firm and serves as CEO. Jessica Sexton serves as chief compliance officer, while Chris Zaccarelli is the firm’s chief investment officer. Jon Reidenouer is the firm’s chief operating officer.

The certified financial planner (CFP) and chartered financial analyst (CFA) designations are just of few of the qualifications some of the firm’s professionals have earned. 

Independent Advisor Alliance Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

The firm serves non-high-net-worth individuals and high-net-worth individuals, pension and profit sharing plans, charitable organizations and corporations. Its minimum account requirement varies based on account type, but minimum account sizes generally range from $5,000 to $250,000. 

Services Offered by Independent Advisor Alliance 

IAA offers the following advisory services:

  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors
  • Educational seminars/workshops
  • Publication of periodicals or newsletters

Independent Advisor Alliance Investment Philosophy

IAA advisors design portfolios with asset allocations that align with each client’s investment objectives. The firm says it works to minimize transaction costs, maximize diversification and anticipate market fluctuations. 

Advisors utilize a range of investments when building client portfolios. These include mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), variable annuity subaccounts, alternative investments, individual stocks and bonds. 

Fees Under Independent Advisor Alliance 

When it comes to asset management services, IAA charges an annual fee up to 2% of client AUM. This fee is billed quarterly in advance. For acccounts where the advisory fee is shared between IAA and an advisory representative, the firm receives up to 12% of the advisory fee.

For wrap program accounts, clients pay the firm a single annual fee. From this fee, IAA pays the account's custodian an annual administrative, asset-based fee. The firm pays a maximum of 0.6% when LPL is the custodian, 0.12% for accounts held at Fidelity and 0.22% for accounts held at TD Ameritrade.

For the firm’s Manager Access Select program, its third-party management programs and other model portfolios, annual advisory fees may be up to 3% of client AUM.

What to Watch Out For 

In its most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commssion, IAA had no legal or disciplinary actions in the past 10 years to report. 

The firm offers a wide array of investment programs. Each third-party advisor, portfolio model or platform will have its own fees, on top of the IAA advisor's. For example, when your IAA advisor refers you to a third-party money manager, you will pay either an asset-based referral fee or a flat fee (of a maximum $800) to your IAA advisor. Or if you sign up with Betterment, a robo-advisor, you will still pay an advisory fee to the IAA advisor. So that you aren't surprised by your account statements, be sure you are aware of all the fees before agreeing to any investment plan. 

Opening an Account With Independent Advisor Alliance 

To open an account with IAA, visit the firm’s Charlotte-based principal office at 11525 N. Community Road, Suite 575. You can also set up an appointment with an advisor by calling the firm at (888) 430-1555. 

All information was 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.

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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