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Private Client Services (PCS) touts on its website that it’s a totally independent, privately-owned broker-dealer and investment advisor firm. PCS is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is also a member of both the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

The fee-based firm earns its compensation from asset-based fees, hourly fees and fixed fees, but some advisors also earn commissions for selling investment products to advisory clients. 

The firm’s staff includes advisors with the certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) designation.

Private Client Services Background

PCS was established as an independent registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2001. The firm specializes in an array of wealth management and investment management offerings, and it also provides brokerage services. 

The firm’s principal shareholders are Ernest A. Sampson and KFG Enterprises, Inc. 

Private Client Services Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Private Client Services serves individuals, high-net-worth individuals, families, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, pension plan sponsors, corporations and other businesses. 

The firm generally requires a $50,000 account minimum, but reserves the right to waive this minimum. 

Services Offered by Private Client Services

Private Client Services provides the following advisory services:

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Educational seminars/workshops

Private Client Services Investment Philosophy 

PCS has investment advisor representatives (IARs) that all act independently of each other and use their own investment methods and resources to make investment decisions. However, PCS says it still provides each IAR with a strategic asset allocation framework. And the firm employs several methods, including fundamental analysis, technical analysis, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) analysis and third-party asset manager analysis.

PCS also uses long-term purchases, short-term purchases, trading, margin transactions and option writing. 

Private Client Services Fees

PCS offers fixed fee and hourly fee compensation arrangements for its financial planning and consulting services. For financial planning, hourly fees range from $100 to $500, while fixed fees range from $250 to $25,000. Consulting services come with hourly fees ranging from $100 to $500. Fixed fees for this service range from $250 to $5,000. 

The firm provides the following fee schedules for portfolio management:

PCS Asset Allocation, Private Wealth Management adn Advisor Model Portfolios Fee Schedule
Amount of assets Maximum annual fee
$50,000 - $249,999 2.00%
$250,000 - $499,999 1.75%
$500,000 - $999,999 1.50%
Over $1,000,000 1.25%

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

What to Watch Out For

It’s important to consider a firm’s disclosure record before opening an account. PCS has one regulatory action disclosure listed on its record. The action, which stemmed from the firm allegedly failing to comply with the conditional registration of an agent, took place in 2011 and was resolved with a $1,000 fine.

Another thing worth noting is that PCS advisors can earn additional compensation from securities sales. Advisors who sell products for commissions may become incentivized to recommend commissioned products with higher fees. This can create a conflict of interest, but PCS says it abides by a fiduciary duty. 

Opening an Account with Private Client Services

You can set up an account with PCS by visiting the firm’s office or by calling an advisor at (502) 451-0600. You can also fill out the firm’s contact form on its website.

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