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Pacific Wealth Management

Pacific Wealth Management is a financial advisor firm located in San Diego, California with roughly $180 million in assets under management. The firm works with individuals and high net worth individuals.

Pacific Wealth Management was founded in 1998 by Mark C. Hill and James C. Kuntz, both of whom are still with the firm today. The firm relies on its proprietary asset management strategy to help its clients reach their financial goals.

Pacific Wealth Management Background

Mark C. Hill and James C. Kuntz founded Pacific Wealth Management in 1998. Both Hill and Kuntz had entered the field as financial consultants in the early 1980s. They each wanted to create a firm that serves high net worth clients through research and a proprietary asset management model. Kuntz serves as managing director of the firm today, and Hill serves as a wealth advisor and travels across the country speaking about the financial aspects of divorce.

What Types of Clients Does Pacific Wealth Management Accept?

Pacific Wealth Management works with around 225 clients, all of them individuals or high net worth individuals.

Pacific Wealth Management Minimum Account Sizes

Pacific Wealth Management has a $50,000 account minimum for individuals seeking asset management services. The minimum is $500,000 for institutional clients, like pension plans. For individuals looking for 529 plan management, the minimum account size is $28,000. For individuals looking for stand-alone financial planning or consulting, there is no minimum account size.

Services Offered by Pacific Wealth Management

Pacific Wealth Management offers a good range of services for a firm of its size, including the following:

  • Asset Management Services
    • Proactive Asset Management
  • Financial Planning
  • 529 Plan Management
  • Consulting Services

Pacific Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

Pacific Wealth Management works to find the asset allocation strategy that’s the best fit for each client’s risk tolerance, time horizon and financial goals. The firm uses its own proprietary asset management model, Proactive Asset Management, to help come up with these asset allocation strategies. Pacific Wealth Management also uses a number of methods when analyzing securities, including fundamental, technical, cyclical and charting analysis. When choosing securities for client accounts, the firm will also consider the client’s objectives, sensitivity to taxes and risk tolerance.

Fees Under Pacific Wealth Management

For asset management services, Pacific Wealth Management’s fees will typically adhere to the following schedule:

Fee Schedule for Managed Accounts*
Assets Under Management Fee Percentage
Under $250,000 1.75%
$250,000 - $499,999 1.50%
$500,000 - $999,999 1.30%
$1,000,000 - $2,999,999 1.00%
$3,000,000 - $4,999,999 0.90%
$5,000,000 - $9,999,999 0.80%
$10,000,000 and above Negotiable

For financial planning services, Pacific Wealth Management will charge either a fixed fee of between $800 and $5,000 or an hourly fee of between $60 and $400 per hour. Fees for management of 529 plan assets will be a maximum of 0.50%, based on the market value of the assets, as well as a $10 annual maintenance fee. Pacific Wealth Management doesn’t charge performance-based fees. The below table shows how Pacific Wealth Management's fees compare to the national median. Remember that these are only estimates and actual fees may vary.

Estimated Fee Comparison*
Your Assets Pacific Wealth Management National Median Advisory Fees**
$500K $6,500 $5,000
$1MM $10,000 $8,500 - $10,000
$5MM $40,000 $25,000 - $32,500
$10MM Negotiable $50,000
*Fee estimates only consider the maximum base fees for the services each firm provides. You may also pay manager fees and other fees, which can vary in amount. **All figures are based on median fee levels according to Bob Veres' 2017 Planning Profession Fee Survey. The above estimates solely take into account AUM-only fees. Total costs will likely be higher due to additional expenses.

What to Watch out For

Pacific Wealth is a licensed insurance agency in the state of California in addition to being an investment advisory firm, and the advisors are licensed insurance agents. If clients were to purchase insurance products from advisors in their capacity as insurance agents, then those advisors would receive the customary commissions from those products. This creates an incentive to recommend the purchase of insurance products regardless of the client’s best interest, and that incentive creates a potential conflict of interest. Pacific Wealth Management is bound by fiduciary duty to always act in its clients best interest.


Pacific Wealth Management doesn’t have any disclosures.

Opening an Account With Pacific Wealth Management

To start the process of working with Pacific Wealth Management, you’ll need to get in touch with the firm. The firm’s website provides a fillable form on its Contact page, so you can supply your name, email address and phone number and then ask any questions you may have.

Where Is Pacific Wealth Management Located?

Pacific Wealth Management is located on El Camino Real right off I-5 on the northern edge of San Diego, California.

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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