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Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services, Inc. is a financial advisor firm based in Mansfield, Ohio. It has more than $1.3 billion in assets under management (AUM). The firm offers services such as financial planning, portfolio management and pension consulting services.

Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services Background

Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services, Inc. (also known as Pinnacle) is an SEC-registered investment advisor that began conducting business in 1998. The firm's headquarters are located in Mansfield, Ohio and it has additional offices in both Medina and Columbus, Ohio as well as Saint Petersburg, Florida. The firm is a family-owned Corporation and it currently serves the wealth management needs of clients across 28 US states. Many of the firm's 13 investment advisory representatives (IARs) hold specialized financial designations, such as CFA (chartered financial analyst), CFP (certified financial planner), ChFC (chartered financial consultant), CMFC (chartered mutual fund counselor), CLU (chartered life underwriter) and AAMS (accredited asset management specialist), among others.

Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

The firm provides investment advice the following types of clients: 

  • Individuals
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Pension and profit-sharing plans (other than plan participants)
  • Trusts
  • Charitable foundations
  • Corporations or other businesses not listed above

The firm has certain initial minimum account requirements that vary based on the nature of the service or services that the client receives. 

Services Offered by Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services

Pinnacle offers a variety of advisor services to its clients. It requires that individual clients use its wealth management programs, which include financial planning or educational services, in order to use other advisory services. The firm bundles financial planning with investment advisory and Quarterback Services to create its formal Wealth Management Services. The services are as follows:

  • Formal wealth management programs - include financial planning services, investment advisory services, independent manager selection, client portal and quarterback administration services

  • Informal wealth management programs - include financial planning education, planning coordination and investment advisory services

  • Financial planning - offered as a standalone service or as a component of Wealth Management Services; may address any combination of topics, including personal finance, tax and cash flow, investments, insurance, retirement, estate, and death and disability

  • Investment advisory services - continuous advice to a client regarding the investment of client funds based on the client's individual goals and objectives; offered on both a discretionary and non-discretionary basis

  • Independent managers - the firm may allocate a portion of client assets among affiliated independent investment managers

  • Quarterback service - provides administration and coordination of investment planning services alongside client's other professional advisors

  • Asset tracking and performance reporting service

  • Pension consulting services - Pinnacle provides retirement plan consulting services under the alternate name Pinnacle Fiduciary Consulting Group (PFCG), which offers these services to retirement plan sponsors and to individual participants in retirement plans

Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services Investing Philosophy

Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services uses a long-term purchasing strategy, which means that it buys securities with the idea that it will hold them in the client's account for one year or longer. The firm employs this strategy with all clients, insofar as this strategy is in keeping with the needs of the client as well as the client's investment objectives, risk tolerance, time horizon and other factors.

Of course, all potential and current clients must keep in mind that no investment strategy guarantees against risk or loss. 

Fees Under Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services

The fees that the firm charges clients is a percentage of AUM according to a tiered fee schedule. Fees may be negotiable on a client-by-client basis.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Assets Under Management Annual Rate
Amounts up to $500,000 1.2%
Monies from $500,001 to $1,000,000 1.00%
Monies from $1,000,001 to $2,000,000 0.90%
Monies from $2,000,001 to $3,000,000 0.80%
Monies from $3,000,001 to $4,000,000 0.70%
Monies from $4,000,001 to $5,000,000 0.60%
Monies from $5,000,001 to $10,000,000 0.40%
More than $10,000,000 0.30%

Differences many apply depending on complexity of different needs.

At Pinnacle, accounts smaller than $2 million are charged more than the industry average, which is 0.95%, according to a 2018 study of 1,500 firms by RIA in a Box. Here is the estimated dollar amount you'd pay in advisory fees based on the size of your account:

*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount.
Estimated Investment Management Fees for Portfolio Management Services at AJ Wealth*
Your Assets Annual Fee Amount Charged on All AUM
$500,000 $6,000
$1MM $11,000
$2MM $20,000
$3MM $28,000
$5MM $41,000
$10MM $61,000
$20MM $91,000

For financial planning and consulting, the firm charges a fixed project-based fee. These fees are negotiable but range usually from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on scope and complexity of services.

For Quarterback program fees, basic fees are included in the client's Wealth Management Program fee; however, Comprehensive Quarterback Services fees depend on how complex each client's circumstances are. These fees are charged on a fixed-fee basis, usually ranging between $2,000 and $20,000.

For asset tracking and performance reporting, fees are charged based on the amount of non-managed assets being tracked. For retirement plan consulting services, minimum fees, standard fees and upper limit fees depend on the amount of assets as well as whether the assets are eligible for flat-fee pricing; fees for this service are also negotiable based on various factors.

Fees and expenses may vary and additional fees may apply, so be sure to read agreements carefully and contact the firm if you have questions.

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

What to Watch Out For

Within the past 10 years, Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services has not undergone any disciplinary or legal action deemed material to a client’s evaluation of its business integrity. You can view its latest Form ADV on the official website of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). As an SEC-registered investment advisor, the firm is legally obligated to uphold its fiduciary duty and work in clients’ best interests at all times.

Opening an Account With Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services

To open an account with Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services, you can visit the firm's website or call (419) 526-5226.

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