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Pacific Financial Group, LLC

Pacific Financial Group, LLC is a privately-owned investment advisor and a subsidiary of The Pacific Holdings Group, LLC. The fee-only financial advisor is headquartered in Newport Beach, California, and it currently has more than $2.2 billion in assets under management (AUM). The firm also has more than 1,000 clients. 

The firm primarily works to help other businesses enhance their client relationships. For an advisor who specializes in working with individual portfolios, use SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching service.

Pacific Financial Group Background

Pacific Financial Group was founded in 2006, but it began operations as a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2007. In September 2017, the firm shifted to become a subsidiary of The Pacific Holdings Group, LLC. Megan Meade and Nicholas Scalzo are both co-chief executive officers of the firm, as well as The Pacific Financial Group, Inc. and Pro Tools, LLC. The Pacific Financial Group, Inc. and Pro Tools, LLC are also subsidiaries of The Pacific Holdings Group, LLC. 

The firm offers services in three different areas of business. It works as the sole distributor of a risk analysis and portfolio construction software called RiskPro. The firm also offers services through a Turnkey Asset Management Program, and it serves as an investment advisor to New Pacific RiskPro Mutual Funds. The Pacific Financial Group’s Turnkey Asset Management Program, which is also called Market Movement Solutions, serves both institutional money managers and various other clients. The firm refers to clients under the program as platform clients. 

What Types of Clients Does Pacific Financial Group Accept?

Pacific Financial Group offers services to platform clients, platform advisors and their clients and solicitors and their clients. The firm’s platform clients generally include individuals, high-net-worth individuals, trusts and estates, individual participants of retirement plans, profit sharing plans, charitable organizations and businesses. 

Pacific Financial Group Minimum Account Sizes

The account minimums the firm requires vary per account type. For the Fund account, clients will need at least $10,000. Clients will need between $25,000 and $50,000 for the Fund Strategist Portfolio account. Clients using a Unified Managed Account will need at least $50,000, while you’ll need $200,000 for the Multi-Mandate Model. Account minimums for separately managed accounts range from $250,000 to $500,000, depending on manager minimums.

Services Offered by Pacific Financial Group

Pacific Financial Group offers a variety of services and products to its clients. These include:

  • Individualized investment management services
  • Impersonal management services
  • Non-investment management services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Risk profiling/asset allocation software distribution
  • Investment products

Investment Philosophy

Pacific Financial Group works to enhance advisor-client relationships by creating technology and investment solutions to meet industry challenges. The firm says it believes in applying new and forward-thinking techniques in helping businesses become more efficient. 

Fees Under Pacific Financial Group

Pacific Financial Group charges three different fees for its investment management services. These include a total client fee which consists of a platform fee and solicitor fee; a platform strategist fee for institutional money managers and, where applicable, and other fees. Pacific Financial Group charges the total client fee on a quarterly basis and in advance, and the fee is based on AUM as of the last business day of the previous quarter. Though the annual fee may be negotiable by Pacific Financial Group, the firm generally charges 0.45%. A portion of the fee is paid by the firm to a back-office provider that performs on behalf of a client’s account. When a client first opens and funds their account and for additional deposits of at least $10,000, Pacific Financial Group calculates the management fee based on the deposit’s value, which is prorated for the number of days remaining in the quarter. 

Institutional money managers, or platform strategists, also make payments to the Pacific Financial Group. As compensation for solicitor services, the firm pays an annual fee which cannot exceed 1.50%.  

What to Watch Out For

The firm may not be the best option for individual clients, as it primarily works to enhance advisor-client relationships. Therefore, you may want to consider other options if you’re interested in a firm that specializes in such service. Find an advisor who specializes in individual clients through SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching service.

Disclosures 

The firm does not have any disclosures, according to its most recently filed Form ADV

Opening an Account With Pacific Financial Group

If you’d like to open an account with Pacific Financial Group, you can either visit, or you can call the firm’s headquarters at (714) 427-5800. You can also visit any of its other offices to speak with an advisor, or you can fill out the contact form provided on its website. 

Where is Pacific Financial Group Located? 

Pacific Financial Group is headquartered in Newport Beach, California, but it also has an office in Bellevue, Washington. 

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

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.

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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