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Lido Advisors, LLC

Lido Advisors, LLC is a financial advisor firm that manages just over $4 billion in client assets. The firm’s client base consists of individuals, businesses, charities and more. It is a fee-based firm, as certain advisors here may receive commissions for overseeing certain securities transactions or selling insurance products. This is different from a fee-only firm, which avoids conflicts of interest by only receiving compensation from client fees.

Lido Advisors ranks fourth on SmartAsset's list of the top financial advisors in Los Angeles. Though it's headquartered in LA, the firm also conducts business in 13 secondary offices across the country.

Lido Advisors Background

Lido Advisors was founded in 2001 by Gregory Kushner, who is the firm's senior managing director and chairman. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial services. The firm is majority-owned by a holding company, Lido Advisors Holdings, LLC, which in turn is owned directly and indirectly by certain employees of Lido Advisors.

Lido employs 32 advisors across its multiple branches. Among these advisors are four certified financial planners (CFPs), four chartered financial analysts (CFAs), five certified public accountants (CPAs), one chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC), one chartered financial consultant (ChFC) and one certified estate planner (CEP).

What Types of Clients Does Lido Advisors Accept?

Lido Advisors has grown its client base to more than 1,600 clients since its founding. The vast majority of these clients (all but 15, in fact) are individuals, with a fairly even split between those with and without a high net worth. The remaining clients include charitable organizations, corporations and insurance companies.

Lido Advisors Minimum Account Sizes

According to Lido Advisors’ Form ADV, $1 million in investable assets is typically required in order to become a client of the firm. However, it may decide to waive this minimum in certain situations, at its discretion.

Services Offered by Lido Advisors

Lido Advisors has a handful of core advisory offerings, including investment management, financial planning, the selection of third-party money managers and sub-advisory services. Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

  • Investment management
    • Hedged Hybrid Strategy
    • Core Equity Strategy
    • SectorStrat
    • Equity Collar Strategy
    • Fixed-Income
    • Alternative Investments
    • Weighted Sector Strategy
  • Asset Allocation planning
  • Third-party asset manager selection
  • Sub-advisory services
  • Financial Planning
    • Investment portfolio analysis
    • Outside investment account evaluation
    • Insurance and risk management
    • Estate planning
    • Retirement planning
    • Tax planning and awareness
    • Wealth transfer and charitable giving
    • College savings

Lido Advisors Investment Philosophy

The overarching investment philosophy at Lido Advisors is to help clients achieve investment goals while also minimizing market risk and volatility. To accomplish this, the firm may invest in a range of asset classes including fixed-income, equities, cash, real estate debt, foreign securities, American depository receipts, hybrid offerings and liquid and non-liquid alternative investments.

The firm diversifies your money not only across multiple assets classes, but also various sectors of the market, with the goal of minimizing volatility.

Fees Under Lido Advisors

Lido typically charges its clients a percentage-based fee for its investment management services. For these, the percentage you pay is based on the amount of your assets under management (AUM) at the end of the previous quarter. The exact rate you pay will typically adhere to the following schedule:

Lido Advisors Asset Management
Assets Under Management (AUM) Fee Percentage
Up to $1MM 1.25%
Next $9MM 1.00%
Next $10MM 0.75%
Next $30MM 0.50%
Above $50MM 0.25%

Keep in mind that the firm’s asset management services are subject to a $2,500 minimum quarterly fee. Financial planning and other consulting services are generally rendered for an hourly fee of $500.

What to Watch Out For

Lido Advisors is a fee-based firm. What this indicates is that some of its advisors are separately licensed to sell insurance products, and may receive commissions for doing so. Furthermore, certain advisors are registered representatives of a securities broker-dealer and may earn commissions for overseeing certain securities transactions. While each of these arrangements could potentially create a conflict of interest, the firm abides by fiduciary duty. This legally binds it to act in clients’ best interests.


Lido Advisors has no disclosures listed on its Form ADV.

Opening an Account With Lido Advisors

If you're interested in exploring a relationship with Lido Advisors further, you have a few options when it comes to reaching out. You can visit the firm’s website to find the proper contact information for each of the firm’s offices. If you have a general question, you can fill out the contact form provided on the firm’s website or you can send an email to info@lidoadvisors.com.

Where Is Lido Advisors Located?

Lido Advisors calls Los Angeles home. Its LA office is near the intersection of Century Park East and Santa Monica Boulevard in the Century City neighborhood. Additionally, the firm has locations in:

  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Broomfield, CO
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Rockville, MD
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Bellevue, WA

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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