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Pence Wealth Management operates in Southern California with a relatively small team of financial advisors. Unlike many other financial advisor firms, it does not provide portfolio or investment management services. Advisors will advise you on investing but the firm only offers financial planning services.

As a fee-based firm, certain advisors at Pence can receive third-party compensation in addition to client-paid fees. A fee-only firm, on the other hand, only earns client-paid fees.

Pence Wealth Management Background

Pence Wealth Management was founded in 1980. The firm has grown to have multiple offices in Southern California, near Los Angeles. Although the firm has been in business for nearly four decades, it continues to work with relatively few clients. It instead emphasizes really getting to know each client so that it can create a very clear and comprehensive plan for reaching the client’s financial goals.

The firm is unique from many other financial advisor firms because it does not offer portfolio management services. At the same time, advisors at Pence Wealth Management are also registered advisors for LPL Financial.

Pence Wealth Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Pence Wealth Management accepts individual clients both with and without a high net worth. It also works with pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and business entities.

There is no minimum account size necessary to work with Pence Wealth Management.

Services Offered by Pence Wealth Management

Advisors at Pence Wealth Management do not offer investment or portfolio management, but they do provide a wide range of financial planning services:

  • Investment planning
  • Life insurance planning
  • Tax planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Debt/credit planning
  • Education and 529 planning
  • Trust and estate planning
  • Charitable giving

If you are looking specifically for investment help, advisors can still assist you with things such as assessing your risk tolerance, deciding on the right asset allocation, diversifying your portfolio and understanding how your investments will affect your taxes.

It’s also worth saying that advisors at Pence Wealth Management are registered financial advisors at LPL Financial. They may be able to provide additional services in their capacity as advisors for that organization.

Pence Wealth Management Investment Philosophy

As mentioned, Pence Wealth Management does not manage investment portfolios for its clients. However, it will advise clients on investment and portfolio decisions. The products that the firm will generally recommend include the following:

  • Mutual funds
  • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • Exchange-listed securities
  • Warrants
  • Corporate debt securities
  • Commercial paper
  • Certificates of deposit (CDs)
  • Municipal securities
  • Variable annuities
  • Variable life insurance
  • U.S. Government securities
  • Options contracts on securities
  • Options contracts on commodities
  • Interests in partnerships investing in real estate 
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Fees Under Pence Wealth Management

The fees you’ll pay at Pence Wealth Management will depend on the type and complexity of services that you receive. Advisors typically charge clients either one fixed fee up front or at an hourly rate.

If you just need help creating a financial plan, you will likely pay a single fee that ranges from $1,000 to $20,000, depending in the complexity of your situation. If you need help beyond creating a plan, you’ll probably pay for the services at an hourly rate of between $150 and $350 per hour. These rates are all negotiable, and you will agree on the price before you receive any services.

Advisors accept payment via check, and you’ll pay either in advance or upon the completion of the services. Payments you make in advance will be prorated and refunded if the cost of the services that you received amounts to less than what you paid.

What to Watch Out For

There are no disclosures on Pence Wealth Management's SEC-filed Form ADV.

Financial advisors at Pence Wealth Management are licensed insurance agents in California. They may earn a commission for selling certain insurance products. Advisors are also registered with other firms and could earn a commission for selling certain securities or financial products. This poses a potential conflict of interest, but remember that Pence Wealth Management and its advisors do have a fiduciary duty that requires them to act in the best interests of their clients.

Opening an Account With Pence Wealth Management

If you would like to work with Pence Wealth Management, you will need to contact the firm. Addresses, phone numbers and a contact email for each office location are available on the firm’s website. If you prefer to reach out via email, there is an online contact form that you can use. The form will require you to provide your contact information and the topics that you are interested in discussing.

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

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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