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PFM Asset Management LLC

PFM Asset Management LLC

Taking its initials from parent company Public Financial Management, PFM Asset Management provides investment advisory services to local governments, pensions and other institutional clients in the public sector. Headquartered in Pennsylvania’s state capital - Harrisburg - the firm employs 221 advisors across the country and manages more than $93.5 billion in assets.

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Read on to learn more about PFM’s institutional client services. 

PFM Asset Management  Background

Public Financial Management, Inc. formed in 1975. In 2001, PFM Asset Management LLC was created to deliver the parent company’s advisory services. 

What Types of Clients Does PFM Asset Management Accept?

PFM Asset Management primarily works with institutional investors, including:

  • State and local governments and their agencies
  • Local government investment pools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) funds 
  • Corporations

PFM Asset Management  Minimum Account Size

The firm doesn’t have a set account minimum. However, most of their clients are big government entities. In addition, some specific accounts may require minimum fees. 

Services Offered by PFM Asset Management 

PFM Asset Management provides government and non-profit clients with discretionary investment advisory services. This means the firm generally takes full control of asset-allocation design. It makes the investment decisions it deems suitable to help the client meet its goals. The firm invests across fixed income and multi-asset funds. 

In addition, PFM Asset Management offers investment advice on a non-discretionary basis, where it provides recommendations that clients then execute on their own. The firm also provides structured portfolios services, Treasury consulting services and services to banking institutions.  

PFM Asset Management Investment Philosophy

Depending on the strategy, investment decisions are made by either the firm’s fixed income committee or multi-asset class investment committee. When evaluating securities, the teams use several sources of information including market research papers, financial news publications and analysis provided by third-party industry observers. 

Fees Under PFM Asset Management 

PFM Asset Management generally charges its fees as a percentage of assets under management. They currently charge the following fee schedules. 


Assets Under Management Annual Rate
First $25,000,000 0.25%
Assets in Excess of $25,000,000  0.15%

Stable Value 

Assets Under Management Annual Rate
First $50,000,000 0.30%
Next $50,000,000 0.25%
Next $150,000,000 0.15%
Next $250,000,000 0.10%
In the excess of $500,000,000 0.075%

What to Watch Out For

PFM Asset Management does not work with individual investors. It also doesn’t provide financial planning or wealth management services. If you are looking for help steering your personal finances, this firm is likely not the right fit. 


PFM Asset Management did not have any legal or disciplinary events to disclose in its most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For the latest details, refer to its Form ADV on the SEC website. 

Opening an Account With PFM Asset Management 

You can learn more about PFM Asset Management by visiting its official website at http://www.pfm.com/ or by calling the firm at (717) 231-6200. 

Where Is PFM Asset Management Located?

PFM Asset Management’s main office is located at 213 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101-2141.

Tips On Finding The Right Financial Advisor 

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  • Ask how the advisor gets paid. Some are fee-only financial planners, which means they earn compensation directly from clients. Others are fee-based, which means their money can come from several sources, including commissions from third-party firms for selling specific products. This arrangement poses a conflict of interest. 

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


How Many Years $1 Million Lasts in Retirement

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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