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MAI Capital Management, LLC

MAI Capital Management is a large, Cleveland-based financial advisory firm with billions in client assets under management (AUM). This fee-based firm works with a wide variety of both individual and institutional clients. 

MAI Capital Management, which has offices and clients around the U.S., is featured in the first spot on our list of the top financial advisors in Cleveland. The firm is also included on our list of the top financial advisors in the state of Ohio. It has also been named a Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Adviser each year from 2017 to 2020, and been recognized by a variety of other publications. 

In addition to its headquarters in Cleveland, MAI Capital Management has branch offices in Cincinnati; Beachwood, Ohio; Irvine, California; Little Rock, Arkansas; Naples, Florida; Nashua, New Hampshire; New York City; Ponte Vedra Beach Florida; Reston; Virginia; and St. Louis.

MAI Capital Management Background

MAI Capital Management can trace its roots back to 1973 when it was founded in the city of Cleveland as Investment Advisors International, Inc. It has since rebranded to its current name. Richard James Buoncore is the current principal owner of the firm.

The firm employs a large team of advisors with a number of advisory certifications to boast. These include the chartered financial analyst (CFA), certified financial planner (CFP), chartered life underwriter (CLU), certified private wealth advisor (CPWA) and more.

MAI Capital Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

MAI Capital Management works with a variety of clients. The firm's individual clients include those with and without a high net worth, though the majority have a high net worth. Institutional clients include investment companies, pooled investment vehicles, pension and profit-sharing plans, charities, other investment advisors, insurance companies and businesses.

To establish an investment management account, you'll typically need $500,000 ready to invest. However, this minimum can vary by strategy and is subject to change at the discretion of the firm.

Services Offered by MAI Capital Management

MAI Capital Management offers a range of financial planning and investment portfolio management services to its clients. It offers several investment strategies including:

  • MAI Managed Volatility Strategy
  • Dividend Strategy
  • Focused Equity Strategy
  • Growth Equity Strategy
  • International Growth Equity Strategy
  • Diversified Dividend Strategy
  • Diversified Focused Equity Strategy
  • Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) Strategy
  • MAI Energy Infrastructure & MLP Strategy
  • Fixed Income Tax Exempt Strategy
  • the Fixed Income – Taxable Strategy. 

Financial planning services at MAI can include estate planning, retirement planning, wealth transfer planning, insurance planning, employee benefits planning, tax planning and more. The firm also serves as investment manager for a variety of funds.

MAI Capital Management Investment Philosophy

MAI Capital Management tailors its investment management strategies and philosophies to the individual needs of its clients. Advisors meet and work with clients to determine their overall financial portfolio, gathering information on such factors as their tolerance for risk, time horizon, preferred investment strategies and current financial situation.

The firm's advisors do their due dilligence to help craft portfolios that work for their clients. As a result, they use several different research tools and methods of analysis to help inform their decisions. However, advisors primarily rely on fundamental methods of analysis to, while also focusing on factors like historical performance, consistency of returns and style characteristics.

Fees Under MAI Capital Management

MAI Capital Management charges clients fees based on the particular circumstances and scope of their advisory agreement. Therefore, the firm does not rely upon a set fee schedule for the majority of its engagements. Typically, the firm won't charge clients more than 1% of their total AUM for advisory services, though.

There is a single fee schedule listed on the firm's Form ADV for blended asset allocation investment management, a specific type of asset management. It goes as follows:

MAI Capital Management
Portfolio Value Base Fee
First $5MM 1.00%
Next $5MM 0.90%
Over $10MM 0.80%

Portfolios using fixed-income only investment management are charged a single asset-based annual fee of 0.35%.

What To Watch Out For

MAI Capital Management has no disclosures listed on its SEC-filed Form ADV.

Opening an Account With MAI Capital Management

Becoming a client of MAI Capital Management involves either visiting the firm's website and submitting a contact form, calling (216) 920-4800 or stopping by one of the firm's branches in person.

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

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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