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Nova Wealth Management is a fee-based financial advisor firm located in Bonita Springs, Florida. The firm has a small advisory staff that works with more than 200 clients, including individual investors and institutional clients.

Financial planning, retirement plan consulting, asset management and other services are at the core of what Nova can offer. In addition to its location in Bonita Springs, Nova also has offices in Dallas and Lisle, Illinois. 

Nova Wealth Management Background

Founders and senior financial advisors James Novakovich and Amy Novakovich opened Nova Wealth Management in 2012. The duo has nearly 35 years of combined experience in the financial services industry. 

Amy Novakovich is a certified financial planner (CFP) and chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC). 

Nova Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Nova Wealth Management works with individuals, high-net-worth individuals, pension and profit-sharing plans, charities, small businesses and corporations.

In order to have Nova Wealth Management handle your money, you’ll need at least $250,000 in investable assets. Depending on the client’s personal financial situation and advisory needs, Nova does reserve the right to waive this minimum.

Services Offered by Nova Wealth Management

Nova Wealth Management has a plethora of advisory services across the financial planning, asset management and retirement plan consulting verticals. Take a look through its specific offerings below:

  • Asset management
    • Discretionary services
    • Individualized portfolios built using your:
      • Risk tolerance
      • Time horizon
      • Investment and financial goals
      • Liquidity needs
    • Portfolio monitoring and rebalances
  • Financial planning and consulting
    • Investment planning
    • Risk management
    • Retirement planning
    • Estate planning
    • Tax planning, management and consulting
    • Income and savings projections
    • Cash flow analysis
    • 401(k) and IRA rollover assistance
    • Roth vs. traditional IRA analysis
  • Retirement plan consulting
    • Investment policy statement (IPS) development
    • Investment recommendations
    • Monitoring of investments
    • Middleman for plan providers and plan participants
    • Consistent performance reports and benchmarking
    • Education services for plan sponsors and participants
    • Fee assessment

Nova Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

In order to best serve the needs of each of its clients, Nova Wealth Management adheres to a variable investment philosophy that’s tailored to your investor profile. Factors included in this analysis are your risk tolerance, financial objectives, liquidity needs, time horizon and any preferred investment strategies. Each of these will come together to form your investment policy statement that will drive how Nova manages your investment portfolio and finances.

While Nova makes a good portion of its investment decisions through the lens of the standard long- and short-term purchase ideologies, it also utilizes covered and uncovered option writing and spreading strategies. The firm’s asset allocations often involve some combination of equities, mutual funds, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and other related securities.

Fees Under Nova Wealth Management

Fees for direct asset management services will vary depending on the investments in a client's portfolio. However, these fees will be charged as a percentage of assets under management and will not exceed 1.75%.

Here are the maximum management fees that you will pay based on the size of your account:

*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 Nova Wealth Management*
Your Assets Nova Wealth Management Fee Amounts
$500K Up to $8,750
$1MM Up to $17,500
$5MM Up to $87,500
$10MM Up to $175,000

Rather than use an asset-based fee, the firm’s financial planning services typically come with a $250 hourly fee. However, before any services are rendered, the firm will be sure to provide an estimated fee for your completed financial plan. Nova states that it usually finishes its financial plans in around 60 days.

If you subscribe to retirement plan consulting services at Nova, you will be given an annual fee that won't exceed 1.5%. The exact rate you’re given is dependent upon the complexity of your needs, how much money needs to be managed and other considerations.

What to Watch Out For

Nova Wealth Management’s SEC-filed Form ADV shows that the firm has one regulatory disclosure related to an advisory affiliate. In that case, the affiliated advisor allegedly sold equity-indexed annuties through an outside insurance agency and received $840,000 in commissions from those sales. But the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority alleged the advisor did not submit the requisite paperwork related to those products to his member firm, according to SEC records.  

Meanwhile, Nova Wealth Management is only approved by the SEC to provide advisory services in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas (with some restrictions). This obviously limits the potential client base that Nova can work with.

Also, some of the advisors who are employed by this fee-based firm have the opportunity to earn extra income from the sale of insurance policies to clients. Commission arrangements such as this represent a potential conflict of interest, as advisors may be inclined to sell products solely because of their desire for additional compensation. Nova and its advisors are all fiduciaries, though, legally binding them to act in clients’ best interests.

Opening an Account With Nova Wealth Management

If you want to work with Nova Wealth Management, it would be best to get in touch with the firm over the phone at (239) 444-1794 or via email at

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How Long $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 We weighed potential expenditures for a prospective retiree with a  $1 million nest egg to assess how many years that fund would cover in retirement in America’s largest cities.

We 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 metro areas across the U.S.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a net annual return of 2% after inflation. 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.