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Integrated Wealth Concepts LLC

Integrated Wealth Concepts, also known as Integrated Partners, is a financial advisor firm with almost $3.5 billion assets under management. The firm's headquarters are located in in Waltham, Massachusetts, and it has 40 offices nationwide.

Integrated Wealth Concepts Background

Integrated Wealth Concepts was founded in July 2016 and is owned and operated by Paul Saganey, who acts as principal, and John G. Cataldo, who acts as president and chief legal officer.

The practice has 40 offices across the country and 127 certified public accountant (CPA) partners. Several of its senior and management staff hold various professional designations, including chartered leadership fellow (CLF), certified financial planner (CFP), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC), certified public accountant (CPA), certified fund specialist (CFS) and certified business exit consultant (CBEC).

Integrated Wealth Concepts Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Integrated Wealth Concepts advises the following types of clients:

  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Families
  • Trusts
  • Estates
  • Businesses
  • Retirement plans 

Integrated Partners does not generally have a minimum account size, but smaller accounts may be subject to different investment selection and strategies. A third-party asset manager may, in part or in whole, manage clients’ portfolios; in those cases, there may be minimums imposed on the client’s investment strategies. 

Services Offered by Integrated Wealth Concepts

Integrated Wealth Concepts offers various services to its clients, including financial planning services. In the way of consultation, it offers financial consulting as well as pension consulting services.  

Portfolio management services are available for individuals as well as for small businesses. The firm offers portfolio management services on a discretionary as well as a non-discretionary basis. It offers these services through programs that are both internal as well as in collaboration with third party asset managers, and include wrap fee programs as well.

Integrated Wealth Concepts Investing Philosophy

According to the Integrated Partners website, while no strategy assures success or protects against loss, the firm aims to offer “structure around the more common challenges” that clients face. Its strategy zeroes in on various life situations that clients might encounter and offers strategies that address those particular needs. For example, the Lifetime Income Model™ looks at whether clients have enough to retire and how they can maximize tax efficiency. The Legacy Discussion™ plans for how to distribute a client’s assets once they die and the Integrated 401(k)™ strategy incorporates a client’s 401(k) plan management and design with educational resources to make sure clients have all the resources they need to understand how the money in their account is working for them.

Fees Under Integrated Wealth Concepts

According to information filed by Integrated Wealth Concepts with the SEC, asset based investment advisory fees are paid in advance or arrears, on a quarterly basis. These advisory fees are charged at an annual rate ranging from 0.50% to 2.25% and depend on various factors, including how complex the client services are. Fees are typically based on the market value of assets under management at the end of the prior quarter. Integrated does not maintain a static fee schedule, meaning that all advisory fees are customized to the individual needs of the client and the advisor. 

Financial planning fees are invoiced up to 50% upon execution of the financial planning agreement, with the balance due when it is complete. Planning fees may be included with overall investment advisory fees. 

Integrated Partners’ fees are exclusive of brokerage commissions, transaction fees, markups, markdowns, and other related costs and expenses which the client will have to pay. Integrated does not receive any part of third party fees. 

Additionally, the firm offers Destination Portfolios®, a wrap fee program, meaning that it covers various services and is managed on a discretionary and non-discretionary basis as well. 

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

What to Watch Out For

Integrated Partners reported no legal or regulatory action in its latest SEC filings.  

One thing to note: Advisors at Integrated Partners may also have a broker-dealer affiliation as registered representatives of LPL Financial, or be independent insurance professionals. In these non-advisor roles, they receive transaction-based fees, which can be a potential conflict of interest. That said, as an SEC-registered investment advisor, the firm is legally obligated to uphold its fiduciary duty and work in clients’ best interests at all times.

Opening an Account With Integrated Wealth Concepts

To open an account with Integrated Partners, you can visit the firm’s website or call (781) 890-3045.

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

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  • Ask candidates what their median account size is. You don't want to be their smallest client - or you probably won't get the attention you need. Alternately, you don't want to be the largest either. In that case, the advisor may not have the experience, know-how or resources to help your account grow. 

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