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Johnson Financial Group

Johnson Financial Group

One unique thing about Johnson Financial Group (JFG) is that it only accepts fixed fees for its investment management services until a client reaches a certain asset level. This fee-based investment firm is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The firm offers investment management, financial planning and family office services to individual and institutional clients, and it currently has more than $1.1 billion in assets under management (AUM). 

JFG offers financial advising, family office and administrative services and several other advisory options. This firm also holds a spot on our Denver and Colorado top financial advisors lists. 

Johnson Financial Group Background

JFG was founded in 2002 by Brandon C. Johnson, who serves as firm president and CEO. The firm functions as a single family office, and it’s affiliated with Johnson Financial Wealth Management, LLC. The firm also provides expense management and bookkeeping services to advisory and non-advisory clients.  

Johnson Financial Group Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes 

The firm provides advisory services to individuals, trusts, private foundations, businesses and institutional clients. JFG generally requires a minimum account size of $30 million, but it may waive this value.

Services Offered by Johnson Financial Group

The firm provides a range of services, including:

  • Investment management
    • Portfolio construction 
  • Financial planning
    • Report of financial situation
    • Recommended investment plan
  • Family office services
    • Bookkeeping 
    • Expense management
    • Bill-pay
    • Private foundation administration and advisor coordination 

Johnson Financial Group Investment Philosophy

JFG employs a range of investment strategies when dealing with client portfolios. The firm bases its portfolio construction off a number of factors the client specifies in the Investment Policy Statement. These may include risk, asset class, tax and return characteristics. JFG says it uses a range of qualitative and research-based approaches, including return distributions, analysis of performance, standard deviation, risk exposures, tax efficiency and modern portfolio theory methods.

Its investment strategy primarily consists of a total return approach, which incorporates a client’s financial situation, risk tolerance and needs for income and liquidity. In addition, the firm strives to construct globally diversified portfolios that are cost efficient.

Johnson Financial Group Fees

JFG’s investment management fee is based on AUM, and the fee is debited from the client’s account at the beginning of each quarter. For clients who choose to use both mutual fund and separate accounts, they may pay two management fees -- one for the mutual fund and one for the separate account. The firm’s minimum annual fee is $250,000, which is in addition to its minimum account size requirement of $30 million. But these fees may be negotiated at the firm’s sole discretion. 

The minimum fee for family office services is generally $250,000 per client per year, but this fee is also negotiable. Existing clients may pay management fees based off older, or historical, fee schedules that were in place when they opened an account. 

Clients may also incur other charges, such as brokerage and transaction trading fees, wrap fees or private placement expenses.

See the fee schedule for investment advisory services below:

Total market value of AUM Annual percentage fee/fixed amount Quarterly percentage fee/fixed amount
Assets up to $30,000,00 $250,000 $62,500
Assets over $30,000,000 0.35% 0.0875%

According to a 2018 study of 1,500 firms by RIA in a Box, the average financial advisor's investment advisory fee is 0.95% of AUM.

*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Investment Management Fees at Johnson Financial Group*
Your Assets Johnson Financial Group Fee Amount
$500K $250,000
$1MM $250,000
$5MM $250,000
$10MM $250,000

What to Watch Out For

The firm’s Form ADV does not list any disclosures. Because the firm is affiliated with Johnson Financial Wealth Management, LLC, it may refer prospective clients whose needs don’t align with JFG’s services. This could create a conflict of interest, as the firm may be incentivized to refer clients to its affiliates for financial gain. 

Opening an Account With Johnson Financial Group

If you’d like to open an account with JFG, you can visit the firm in person, or you can set up an appointment with an advisor by calling (720) 475-1195. 

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

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 the cost of living in retirement for that location.

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Methodology To determine how long a $1 million nest egg would cover retirement costs in cities across America, we analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns.

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%. This reflects the typical return on a conservative investment portfolio. 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