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Lazard Asset Management

With a history tracing back to 1848, Lazard Asset Management currently serves clients in more than 50 countries, according to its website. Lazard is a financial advisor firm headquartered in New York City with more than $177 billion in assets under management (AUM). 

As a fee-only firm, Lazard Asset Management earns compensation solely from the advisory fees that it charges clients. This differs from a fee-based firm, which also receives outside compensationin the form of insurance and securities transactions. 

Lazard Asset Management Background

Lazard Asset Management was founded in 1970. It’s owned by Lazard Frères & Co., LLC, which is owned by Lazard Group LLC, which is ultimately owned by Lazard Ltd., a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Certain advisors at this firm have earned professional certifications such as chartered financial analyst (CFA), certified investment management analyst (CIMA) and chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA).

Lazard Asset Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Lazard Asset Management offers services to both non-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals, as well as banks or thrift institutions, investment companies, pooled investment vehicles, pensions and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations, government entities, other investment advisors, insurance companies and corporations. 

Lazard Asset Management has several minimum investment and minimum account size requirements. In fact, many of its investment strategies have minimum investment requirements that range from $5 million to $100 million. The firm reserves its right to waive these minimums at its discretion.

Services Offered by Lazard Asset Management

Lazard Asset Management primarily provides investment management services on a discretionary basis, following a wide range of investment strategies. These strategies can focus on either a single asset class or a combination of them, and they can be global, regional or domestic in scope. 

Others, less common investment strategies at Lazard include foreign currency transactions and wrap fee programs sponsored by other institutions.

Lazard Asset Management Investment Philosophy

Lazard Asset Management manages assets according to a variety of equity, fixed-income and alternative investment strategies. These include strategies focusing on global, regional and international equities; domestic equities; fixed-income securities; emerging markets equity; and debt.

To fulfill these strategies, the firm may invest in a wide range of securities, including equity and debt securities, exchange-listed securities, securities traded over the counter (OTC), real estate investment trusts (REITs), warrants, corporate debt, certificates of deposit (CDs), commercial paper, municipal securities, open- and closed-end investment company securities, government securities, options contracts, futures contracts, asset-backed securities, non-U.S. government bonds, adjustable-rate mortgages, collateralized debt or mortgage obligations, commercial mortgage-backed securities, structured notes, currencies, reinsurance-backed bonds, mortgage derivatives, forwards, swaps and other derivatives including credit default swaps and interest-rate swaps, listed and OTC options, options on foreign exchanges, rights offerings, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), exchange-traded notes (ETNs), open-end and closed-end funds, convertible bonds, preferred stock and interest-only or principal-only securities.

Lazard Asset Management Fees

Fees for investment management services at Lazard Asset Management are based on a percentage of your AUM. They are payable either monthly or quarterly most of the time, and this can be either in arrears or in advance. The exact fee percentage can vary depending on your investment strategy and the size of your account.

What to Watch Out For

Lazard Asset Management has one disclosure reported on its Form ADV because it failed to disclose ownership of shares. The status of the disclosure is listed as pending and the firm could be fined approximately $19,500.

Lazard Asset Management includes performance-based fees within its fee schedule. Clients should note that this arrangement "creates an incentive for (the firm) to make investments that are riskier or more speculative than would be the case in the absence of a performance fee." Despite the potential for a conflict of interest that this creates, the firm is bound by fiduciary duty, legally binding it to act in your best interest no matter what.

Opening an Account With Lazard Asset Management

There are a few different ways you can get in touch with Lazard Asset Management. You can visit the firm’s website and fill out the contact form with your name, email address, phone number and message. If you’d prefer to speak over the phone, you can instead call the firm at (212) 632-6000. Should neither of these routes work for you, try emailing the firm at

All information is 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.

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

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