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Top Financial Advisor Firms in Indiana

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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Indiana

Financial advisor firms typically have different specialties and investment philosophies. To help you determine which firms fit your needs and which don’t, SmartAsset has come up with this list of Indiana’s top financial advisor firms. Below are each firm’s investing philosophies, fees, services and more, affording you a detailed look at what each firm can offer. For those who prefer a simpler search method, the SmartAsset financial advisor matching tool will automatically pair you with advisors in your area.

Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC  Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$2,425,167,900

None, but minimum annual fee is $6,000 regardless

  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Estate planning
  • Retirement planning

Minimum Assets

None, but minimum annual fee is $6,000 regardless

Financial Services

  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
  • Estate planning
  • Retirement planning
2 Donaldson Capital Management, LLC Donaldson Capital Management, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$1,220,189,781 $500,000
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Publication of periodicals or newsletters
  • Educational seminars/workshops
  • Portfolio and investment consultation services

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Publication of periodicals or newsletters
  • Educational seminars/workshops
  • Portfolio and investment consultation services
3 Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$1,052,343,000 $500,000
  • Money management
  • Portfolio strategies
  • Financial Planning

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Money management
  • Portfolio strategies
  • Financial Planning
4 Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$996,496,300 Varies
  • Comprehensive wealth management
  • Retirement focus planning
  • Young wealth accumulation
  • Investment management
  • Generational wealth transition

Minimum Assets

Varies

Financial Services

  • Comprehensive wealth management
  • Retirement focus planning
  • Young wealth accumulation
  • Investment management
  • Generational wealth transition
5 Windsor Group, Ltd. Windsor Group, Ltd. logo Find an Advisor

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$978,922,900

No minimum account size, however, minimum annual fee applies ($2,500 to $3,500 depending on services chosen)

  • Portfolio management
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning and wealth transfer
  • Asset protection
  • Investment management
  • Tax planning services
  • Insurance planning
  • Business Succession
  • Custodial and trust services

Minimum Assets

No minimum account size, however, minimum annual fee applies ($2,500 to $3,500 depending on services chosen)

Financial Services

  • Portfolio management
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning and wealth transfer
  • Asset protection
  • Investment management
  • Tax planning services
  • Insurance planning
  • Business Succession
  • Custodial and trust services
6 Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$932,089,000 None
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Educational seminar/workshops

Minimum Assets

None

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Educational seminar/workshops
7 Phillips Financial Phillips Financial logo Find an Advisor

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$908,584,200

No set minimum asset requirement; however, at least $50,000 is recommended. 

  • Financial planning
  • Asset management
  • Insurance management
  • Retirement plans
  • Business services

Minimum Assets

No set minimum asset requirement; however, at least $50,000 is recommended. 

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Asset management
  • Insurance management
  • Retirement plans
  • Business services
8 Column Capital Advisors, LLC Column Capital Advisors, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$715,886,200

$1,000,000

  • Investment management
  • Financial planning
  • Tax services

Minimum Assets

$1,000,000

Financial Services

  • Investment management
  • Financial planning
  • Tax services
9 Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$679,776,800 None
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

Minimum Assets

None

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
10 Wallington Asset Management Wallington Asset Management logo Find an Advisor

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$617,373,900

$1,000,000

  • Portfolio management services
  • Investment consultation services
  • Financial planning services
  • Qualified retirement plan consulting services

Minimum Assets

$1,000,000

Financial Services

  • Portfolio management services
  • Investment consultation services
  • Financial planning services
  • Qualified retirement plan consulting services

How We Found the Top Financial Advisor Firms in Indiana

Our SmartAdvisor personal finance experts only considered Indiana-based financial advisor firms registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for inclusion on this list. That’s because the SEC requires registered firms to abide fiduciary duty, forcing them to act in clients’ best interests. We removed from contention firms that didn’t manage individual accounts, didn’t offer financial planning or had any disciplinary issues were removed from contention. The firms that fit these stipulations are listed below, ordered from the most assets under management (AUM) to the least.

Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC

 Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC

Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis and has the distinction of being our top financial advisor firm in Indianapolis as well. It manages nearly $2.5 billion in client assets, more than double the next closest firm on this list, Donaldson Capital Management, LLC. Even with this level of assets, the firm has no minimum account size.

The firm’s advisory staff is made up of 44 members, which dwarfs the advisory teams of rest of the firms below. The team includes 30 certified financial planners (CFPs), five certified public accountants (CPAs), four certified divorce financial analysts (CDFAs), three certified employee benefit specialists (CEBSs), two chartered financial analysts (CFAs), one chartered life underwriters (CLUs), one accredited investment fiduciary (AIFs) and one accredited asset management specialist (AAMS).

The fee-only firm has roughly 1,500 individual clients. More than 1,000 of those clients have a high net worth, giving its advisors ample experience working with this client type. Valeo also offers services for 401(k) plans, pension and profit-sharing plans, estates, trusts, businesses and charitable organizations.

Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC Background

Only three firms on this list are younger than Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC, which opened in 2003. Principal advisors John Trott, Richard Evans, John Wortman and Timothy Ginn wholly own the firm. The group averages more than 25 years in the financial services industry.

The services this firm offers include:

  • Cash flow analysis
  • Charitable giving
  • Education fund creation
  • Estate planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax minimization
  • Investment management
  • Insurance review

Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC Investing Strategy

While Valeo Financial Advisors abides by your financial goals, risk tolerance and time horizon when investing your assets, it simultaneously utilizes a varied investment class strategy. This essentially means that while the firm will always look to diversify your account, it may underweight or overweight specific asset classes if it believes that to be in your best interest.

Typically the firm invests in equities, fixed income, commodities, hedge funds, managed futures, master limited partnerships, pooled investment vehicles, venture capital and options. Pooled investments are utilized by this firm to afford clients the opportunity to invest in otherwise unreachable opportunities by combining their invested assets.

Donaldson Capital Management, LLC

Donaldson Capital Management, LLC

Evansville is the headquarters of Donaldson Capital Management, LLC. It is a fee-only firm that serves the financial planning and investment management needs of individuals (both high-net-worth and not), trusts, estates, pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations, corporations and businesses.

You must have at least $500,000 in investable assets to begin a client relationship with this firm, tying it for the second-highest minimum on this list. At this firm, you’ll find five certified financial planners (CFPs), one certified public accountant (CPA), one chartered financial analyst (CFA) and one chartered retirement plans specialist (CRPS).

The Financial Times has named Donaldson Capital a top 300 financial advisor in the U.S. as recently as 2016.

Donaldson Capital Management, LLC Background

Chairman and director of portfolio strategy Gregory Donaldson founded Donaldson Capital Management, LLC in 1995. Donaldson now shares ownership of the firm with Michael Hull, its president. The duo has spent a combined 64 years in the financial services industry, including 43 years for Donaldson alone.

This firm doesn’t have a typical list of financial planning services. Instead, it focuses on listening to the individual needs of each client and building an investment plan around them.

Donaldson Capital Management, LLC Investing Strategy

Conservative investing is the central focus of Donaldson Capital Management, LLC. This approach has led the firm to target long-term financial gain for its clients. However, the firm does realize that most clients will require some level of liquidity in their accounts, so some short-term investing is also included.

To meet its own standards for success, this firm attempts to hit three essential benchmarks: security, income and growth. These refer to the long-term preservation of capital, generous and dependable income now and in the future and the growth of income at a rate faster than inflation.

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC

Indianapolis-based financial advisor firm Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC has just over $1 billion in assets under management. The fee-based firm currently places as the second firm on SmartAsset’s list of the top Indianapolis financial advisor firms. The firm staffs three certified financial planners (CFPs), two chartered alternative investment analysts (CAIAs), one chartered financial analyst (CFA), one certified public accountant (CPA) and one certified wealth strategist (CWS).

The firms calls for a minimum account size of $500,000. There are approximately triple the number of non-high-net-worth individual clients at this firm compared to high-net-worth individuals. Sheaff Brock also manages accounts for businesses, registered investment advisors (RIAs), trusts, estates, charitable organizations, pension and profit-sharing plans and marketplace model platforms.

There are certain advisors at this firm who are compensated when specific securities are traded within clients’ accounts. Although this represents a potential conflict of interest, the firm is a fiduciary, requiring it to act in your best interest.

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC Background

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors’ founding principals, David Gilreath and Ron Brock, created the firm in 2001. They remain its owners. 

Rather than have financial planning services set up for specific client needs, Sheaff Brock has created multiple investment portfolio options. These vary in the types of investments they include, the returns and risks they entail and the objectives they’re used to fulfill.

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors, LLC Portfolio Options

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors’ primary preoccupation is creating the right investment portfolio for your personal situation. To do this, the firm offers 12 different portfolio models that fit varied risk tolerances and time horizons. The options go as follows:

  • IntelliBuilD® growth
  • Bulls of the dow
  • Twenty under thirty-five
  • Dividend growth and income
  • Covered call income
  • Real estate income and growth
  • Preferred stock income
  • Core plus bonds
  • High yield bonds
  • Alternative portfolio
  • Index income overlay
  • Put income overlay

Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

The fee-only financial advisor firm Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. works with individuals, trusts, estates, charitable organizations and other institutions. It also typically manages the financial needs of families, making its approach a bit more holistic than some of the other firms on this list.

While there is no set minimum account size required, this firm does call for a minimum annual fee of $5,000. Ultimately, this works out to be a $477,000 account minimum. When it comes to advisor certifications, this firm’s team of 12 advisors includes six certified financial planners (CFPs).

Bedel is located in Indianapolis. It is the fourth-ranked firm on SmartAsset’s list of the top financial advisors in Indianapolis. 

Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. Background

CEO, president and founder Elaine Bedel established Bedel Consulting, Inc. in 1989. However, she has been in investment management for nearly 40 years. She has received numerous professional awards and titles, including 2016’s Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Association for Women Business Owners, as well as the honor of being named one of Financial Times’ top 300 RIAs in 2014 and 2016.

This firm says that it prefers not to be bogged down by the restraints of a defined set of financial planning services. With that being said, its most commonly provided services include:

  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Income tax planning
  • Insurance needs analysis
  • Family business planning
  • Charitable gift planning
  • Education funding

Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. Investing Strategy

To build your portfolio, Bedel Financial Consulting uses a distinct strategy that combines the specializations of both financial planners and investment managers. The firm believes that this helps to set it apart from its competitors, as this provides clients with as complete and diversified a financial management portfolio as possible.

To ensure that all client portfolios are diversified appropriately, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. utilizes the following investment types: exchange-traded funds (ETFs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), exchange-listed securities, U.S. government securities, mutual funds, insurance products, municipal securities, warrants, corporate debt securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and more.

Windsor Group, Ltd.

Windsor Group, Ltd.

Windsor Group, Ltd. is yet another firm based in Indianapolis. It occupies the fifth spot on SmartAsset’s list of the top financial advisor firms in Indianapolis. Regardless of the amount of investable assets you possess, you’ll be able to open an account with this firm, as it does not have a set account minimum. The firm’s client base is mostly made up of individuals, though businesses, trusts, estates, charitable organizations and pension and profit-sharing plans remain common clientele.

You’ll find five certified financial planners (CFPs), four chartered financial analysts (CFAs) and one certified public accountant (CPA) in this firm’s offices. This fee-based firm has advisors that may offer you insurance policies. While advisors may earn commissions from sales, the firm abides by fiduciary duty and therefore must act in your best interest at all times.

Windsor Group, Ltd. Background

Randall Clark and Channing Mitzell co-founded Windsor Group, Ltd. back in 1986, making it the oldest firm on this list. They currently completely own the firm. The firm has a team of nine advisors that have spent an average of 30 years in financial management.

This firm claims its top overall priority is avoiding a “one-size-fits-all” financial management approach. The firm provides the following needs-based services for clients:

  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning and wealth transfer
  • Investment management
  • Tax planning
  • Insurance planning
  • Business succession
  • Custodial services
  • Asset protection

Windsor Group, Ltd. Client Experience

Like most firms, Windsor Group, Ltd. immediately meets with new clients to discuss their financial objectives, time horizon, liquidity needs and, most importantly, risk tolerance. Based on these factors, an investment plan is drafted that usually consists of some diversified combination of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), common stocks, corporate and municipal bonds and commercial paper.

Once this plan has been implemented, the firm will attempt to keep in frequent contact with you. You’ll receive reports at least every quarter from your advisor. These check-ins are meant to update you as to the current size of the account, if it needs to be rebalanced and, if so, by how much.

Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC

Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC

The fee-only financial advisor firm Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC serves nearly 1,600 individual clients, most of whom do not possess a high net worth. The firm, based in Chesterton, also has services available for pension plans, corporations and charitable organizations, giving it a slightly shorter list of typical clientele than some of its peers. This firm does not require a minimum amount of investable assets to open an account.

No other firm on this list has as many typically unseen advisor certifications as Lakeside. The firm’s team includes 10 certified wealth strategists (CWSs), seven certified 401(k) professionals (C(k)Ps), six accredited investment fiduciaries (AIFs), two certified financial planners (CFPs), two qualified plan financial consultant (QPFCs), one chartered financial analyst (CFA), one accredited wealth management advisor (AWMA), one certified long-term care advisor (CLTC) and one chartered retirement plans specialist (CRPS).

Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC Background

CEO Mark Chamberlain and president Timothy Rice wholly own Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC. Its doors were opened for business in 2006.

Lakeside divides its services for individual and business clients, as it believes each has their own set of financial needs. As a result, individuals will find services for financial mapping, asset and risk management, retirement planning, tax and estate planning, life insurance and charitable gift planning. On the other hand, businesses and owners can choose from general consulting, retirement plan design, plan participant education, corporate risk management and small business succession planning.

Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC Investing Strategy

Cash, cash equivalents, equities, fixed income and alternative investments are Lakeside Wealth Management Group’s most frequently utilized investment types. The latter three may seem a bit broad, but the firm does that purposefully so it can more easily diversify clients’ assets.

Lakeside generally believes that the above asset classes are solid choices for any level of return a client might want. However, clients must remember that their risk tolerance, financial goals and time horizon ultimately decide how fast their account will grow, as these factors dictate how the firm actually builds a portfolio.

Phillips Financial

Phillips Financial

Located in Fort Wayne, fee-based financial advisor firm Phillips Financial holds the title of top firm on SmartAsset’s list of Fort Wayne’s top financial advisor firms. The firm’s team includes four certified financial planners (CFPs), two accredited investment fiduciaries (AIFs), one chartered life underwriter (CLU), one chartered financial consultant (ChFC), one certified public accountant (CPA) and one registered paraplanner (RP).

Phillips Financial’s client base is heavily made up of individual clients, though it also maintains relationships with businesses, other investment advisors, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, endowment funds and pension and profit-sharing plans. It requires no minimum account size for new clients.

Some advisors at this firm sell insurance policies. Should you purchase one, your advisor may earn a commission. The firm is an SEC-registered fiduciary, though, requiring it to act in your best interest.

Phillips Financial Background

Phillips Financial has been registered with the SEC as an RIA since 2004, though the firm has been in business for more than 50 years. Currently, CEO Richard Phillips, Jr. and COO Shannon Hardiek hold independent ownership of the firm.

Like Lakeside Wealth Management Group, LLC, Phillips has separate listings of financial service offerings for its business clients and its individual clients. Business clients can choose from employee benefit plan and retirement plan creation and management, general risk management and more. Individuals are afforded more specific financial planning programs, such as retirement planning, financial education, estate planning, pension consulting and cash flow planning.

Phillips Financial Investing Strategy

Phillips Financial continues to evolve its investment selection process as more research makes its way across its desk. However, the firm doesn’t believe in making any massive changes, as that could have a negative impact on portfolios and the rebalancing process, especially for non-liquid investments.

The firm typically invests its clients’ assets in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds, bonds and certificates, although these won’t all end up in every portfolio. Instead, the firm places ETFs and mutual funds into passive portfolios at lower risk tolerance levels, while individual bonds and certificates are reserved almost exclusively for large portfolios.

Column Capital Advisors, LLC

Column Capital Advisors, LLC

Column Capital Advisors LLC, the sixth firm on SmartAsset’s list of top Indianapolis financial advisor firms, is a fee-only firm. It requires a minimum account size of $1 million, which ties it with Wallington Asset Management, LLC for the highest account minimum on this list. Unsurprisingly, three-quarters of the firm’s individual clients are high-net-worth individuals.

The firm’s 20-person advisory team is as big as the team at Donaldson Capital Management, LLC, tying the firms for the second-largest advisory teams on this list. However, Column Capital Advisors has roughly $500 million less than Donaldson Capital Management in assets under management. This large team at the medium-size firm includes seven certified financial planners (CFPs), six certified public accountants (CPAs), two certified investment management analysts (CIMAs), one chartered financial analyst (CFA), one certified kingdom advisory (CKA) and one certified management accountant (CMA).

Column Capital Advisors, LLC Background

Founded in in 2005, Column Capital Advisors is the second youngest firm on this list, though it’s grown quite quickly. The firm is currently wholly owned by its parent company Column Capital Group, Ltd., a holding firm. 

You’ll find a wide range of services available through this firm, and more can be created depending on your personal needs. The firm’s services include: 

  • Income tax planning
  • Cash flow planning
  • Benefits review
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Insurance analysis
  • Education fund planning
  • Debt financing
  • Charitable gift planning

Column Capital Advisors, LLC Investing Strategy

Modern portfolio theory is the basis for every investment decision that Column Capital Advisors, LLC makes. This theory holds that rather than just picking individual stocks, investors can create diversified portfolios that will deliver optimal returns given their particular tolerance for risk.

This firm invests for the long term. As a result, it’s especially fond of inherently diversified investments like mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC

Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC

No firm on this list has a smaller advisory team than Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC. The Evansville-based firm has four advisors on staff with a total of five certifications. These include three certified financial planners (CFPs) and two certified public accountants (CPAs). 

The fee-only firm’s clients include high-net-worth individuals, non-high-net-worth individuals, estates, trusts, pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations, foundations and businesses. However, the majority of its clients are non-high-net-worth individuals. Pettinga does not require prospective clients to have a specific amount of investable assets available to open an account.

Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC Background

Established in 1994, Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC is not an independently owned firm. It’s owned by Focus Financial Partners, LLC, a holding company that owns many firms similar to Pettinga. Originally, CEO/CIO Mark Pettinga started the firm and owned it.

The firm’s services are centered around four areas that it believes to be of paramount importance: set financial goals, retirement planning and forecasting, risk management and tax and estate planning. The emphases on each of these areas will likely  vary depending on your needs and desires.

Pettinga Financial Advisors, LLC Investing Strategy

Like many financial advisors, Pettinga Financial Advisors heavily invests in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds, as they cover large markets and are inherently diversified. Additionally, the firm also invests in fixed income securities, limited partnerships, covered calls and independent money managers.

A portfolio’s exact composition is dependent on a few elements: liquidity needs, client preferences, tax implications, outside investments and market volatility and fluctuation. Your risk tolerance and long-term investment goals are also a part of this equation, making every client’s account look a bit different.

Wallington Asset Management

Wallington Asset Management

Wallington Asset Management is a small fee-only financial advisor firm with only seven advisors on staff.  Its advisory team includes two chartered financial analysts (CFAs), two certified public accountants (CPAs) and one certified financial planner (CFP). The firm placed seventh on SmartAsset’s list of the top financial advisor firms in Indianapolis.

While the firm’s $1 million account minimum is one of the highest on this list, the firm does allow clients to combine related account values to make the minimum easier to meet. Accounts can include everything from a joint account with a spouse to accounts for your minor children and more. Wallington primarily works with individual clients, though it also serves businesses, pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts and estates. 

Wallington Asset Management Background

President Terence Weiss formed Wallington Asset Management in 1988. He remains the firm’s principal and independent owner. The team of advisors at this firm have spent on average of well over 25 years in the financial services field, making it Wallington one of the more experienced firms on this list.

This firm provides very general service offerings that are easily customizable to clients’ needs. Portfolio management services, investment consultation services, financial planning services and qualified retirement plan consulting services are its four main areas of service. Each area is broken down more specifically based on each client’s financial goals.

Wallington Asset Management Investing Strategy

Wallington Asset Management pairs active investing with solid diversification to achieve long-term investment success. The firm will help clients determine specific financial goals to serve as markers for future success.

Despite Wallington’s active approach to investing, the firm tends to be conservative. Common stocks, fixed income securities and money market instruments are frequently used by the firm, though your risk tolerance and time horizon ultimately shape your portfolio’s makeup.

How Many Years $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 cost of living in retirement there.

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Methodology SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities. Using that calculation, we determined how many years $1 million would last in retirement in each major city.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors throughout the country. 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.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%, reflecting the typical return on a conservative investment portfolio. Finally, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would last in each of the cities in our study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research