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Kelly Financial Services, LLC

Though founder Bill Kelly passed away in 2017, Kelly Financial Services, LLC continues to be a family shop. His wife and co-founder Kelly Kelly leads the firm - and their children Mary Madeline works as a service advisor and William, Jr., 12 years old, as a “junior executive.”

Serving the greater Boston area, the firm is based in Braintree, Massachusetts, with a branch office in Burlington. The team of four advisors manages around $317 million in assets.

Kelly Financial Services Background

Bill and Kelly Kelly started the firm in 2003. Four years in, Bill began hosting “Senior Safe Money Strategies,” a radio call-in show, which helped build Kelly Financial’s reputation among retirees. 

Today, Kelly runs the company as sole owner and president. She also continues the radio show, which airs on Saturdays, from 9 am to 12 pm, on WRKO 680 AM Boston - joined by journalist John Budris, political commentator Jeff Kuhner and son William, Jr. 

Kelly Financial Services Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Hosting educational workshops and monthly events for people approaching or in retirement, Kelly Financial specializes in serving seniors. In addition to individuals, the firm works with institutions, trusts and pension plans. The vast majority of clients are not high net worth.

The firm has no minimum account requirement. It does, however, have a $500 minimum annual fee.

Services Offered by Kelly Financial Services 

Kelly Financial primarily manages investment portfolios on a discretionary basis, which means clients authorize it to change trade positions when it deems appropriate. The firm also offers annuities and other insurance products. 

Kelly Financial Services Investing Philosophy

The firm primarily seeks growth while protecting capital. It's an active manager and will make tactical adjustments when economic conditions call for them. It formally reviews portfolios at least semi-annually, but checks asset allocations more frequently, particularly during volatile times. Using fundamental, technical and cyclical methods of analysis, the firm generally selects large cap companies for equity investments and mutual funds containing investment-grade securities for fixed income investments.

When it comes to annuities, the firm’s preference is for fixed index ones. 

Fees Under Kelly Financial Services

Like most investment advisors, Kelly Financial collects management fees based on a percentage of the client’s assets under management (AUM). The percentage is negotiable, but will not exceed an annual rate of 1.5% (or 0.375% quarterly). As noted earlier, there is a minimum annual fee of $500 per year (or $125 per quarter).

What to Watch Out For

Kelly Financial had no legal or disciplinary actions to disclose in its most recent SEC filings.

Kelly Financial does not offer financial planning. If you need help steering your day-to-day finances, this firm may not be a good fit. 

Also, some advisors are licensed insurance agents. They are bound by their fiduciary duty to recommend only what is in the client’s best interest, but the dual roles do present a potential conflict of interest that the client should be aware of. 

Opening an Account With Kelly Financial Services

To contact Kelly Financial, call headquarters at (781) 849-3090 or send an email to info@kellyfinancial.org. Alternatively, you can request an appointment on its website.

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

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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.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

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