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Parallel Advisors is an SEC-registered advisor that has described itself as independent, inclusive and innovative. The company is a large firm located in San Francisco. Parallel Advisors employs dozens of financial advisor professionals who are responsible for billions in client assets under management (AUM). Parallel Advisors works with a variety of clients, though most of them are individuals both above and below the high-net-worth threshold. 

As a fee-only firm, Parallel Advisors only receives fees directly from clients for providing advisory services. That means they don't receive third-party sales commissions like a fee-based firm.

The practice is ranked among the top 10 firms in San Francisco by SmartAsset. 

Parallel Advisors Background

Parallel Advisors was founded in 2006 by C.J. Rendic. Today, Rendic remains the firm's principal owner and managing member, while also acting as its CEO. Diane Gabianelli and Brian O'Keefe both serve as co-presidents of the company. Additionally, Gabianelli holds the title of chief financial officer (CFO) and O'Keefe is the chief investment officer (CIO).

There are a number of employees at this firm that have financial designations to their name. In fact, there are certified financial planners (CFPs), chartered financial analysts (CFAs), enrolled agents (EAs), accredited investment fiduciaries (AIFs), chartered financial consultants (ChFCs) and certified divorce financial analysts (CDFAs).

Parallel Advisors Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Parallel Advisors has thousands of clients, the majority of whom are non-high-net-worth individuals. However, the firm also works with many high-net-worth individuals, as well as dozens of pension and profit-sharing plans, charities and businesses.

While the firm technically doesn't have a minimum account size requirement, its investment advisory services require a $3,000 minimum annual fee.

Services Offered by Parallel Advisors

The services of Parallel Advisors fall into two broad categories: financial planning and investment advising. The former includes services like estate planning, insurance planning, college fund planning, retirement planning and more.

In addition to standard investment planning, the firm offers the Parallel Portfolio Program (PPP) -- an automated service that matches clients to portfolio strategies based on their investor profiles and goals. These portfolios tend to include a combination of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and cash. The firm also provides tax preparation services on a limited basis.

Parallel Advisors Investment Philosophy

Parallel Advisors tailors its investment approaches and strategies to the financial needs of clients. By taking into account time horizons, liquidity needs, risk tolerances and other important factors, advisors can ensure that their decisions are best aligned with helping clients meet their goals. Advisors also regularly monitor portfolios and strategically adjust asset allocation strategies to meet the changing needs and situations of clients.

Advisors use several research and analysis methods to evaluate securities and overarching investment strategies. Fundamental, technical and cyclical analysis are among the most commonly used methods of analysis. When it comes to buying and selling investments, the firm uses long- and short-term purchases, in addition to options, to help drive suitable growth in client portfolios.

Parallel Advisors Fees

Parallel Advisors' fee schedule is dependent upon the services a client uses. For investment advisory and retirement plan services, fees are based on a percentage of each client's AUM. Minimum annual fees are generally $3,000 for investment advisory services and $5,000 for retirement plan services.

Investment Advisory Fees
Account Size Annual Fee
First $250K 1.25%
$250K - $2MM 1.00%
$2MM - $4MM 0.85%
$4MM - $6MM 0.70%
$6MM - $10MM 0.60%
$10MM - $25MM 0.50%
$25MM and up 0.30%


Retirement Plan Consulting Fees
Account Size Annual Fee
First $1MM 0.70%
$1MM - $3MM 0.50%
$3MM - $5MM 0.35%
$5MM - $10MM 0.25%
$10MM and up 0.15%

Below are the estimated fees for investment advisory services at Parallel:

*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 Parallel Advisors*
Your Assets Parallel Advisors Fee Amounts
$500K $5,625
$1MM $10,625
$5MM $44,625
$10MM $75,625

Financial planning fees are typically charged on an hourly basis and can be as much as $1,000 per hour. For the firm's PPP program, fees vary from client to client. Tax preparation services are generally provided at $290 per hour.

What to Watch Out For

Parallel Advisors doesn't have any disclosures listed on its SEC-filed Form ADV.

Opening an Account With Parallel Advisors

Residents of the San Francisco, Honolulu, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Dayton, Ohio areas can visit Parallel Advisors' offices in those cities. Otherwise, you can reach out to the firm via the contact form on its website or over the phone at (866) 627-6984. 

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

How Long $1mm 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 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