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Top Financial Advisors in Solana Beach, CA

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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Solana Beach, California

We understand that finding the right financial advisor can be difficult. That’s why we’ve formed a list of the top financial advisor firms in the Solana Beach, California area. In forming our review, we compared each firm’s assets under management (AUM), advisory services, investment strategies, fee structures and more. You can also use SmartAsset's free financial advisor matching tool to be paired with up to three advisors in your area.

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Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 Blankinship & Foster, LLC Blankinship & Foster, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$722,226,368 $1,000,000
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors
  • Educational seminars/workshops

Minimum Assets


Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors
  • Educational seminars/workshops
2 D.M. Brenner, Inc. D.M. Brenner, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$128,396,087 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other advisors

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other advisors
3 Hillegas Advisory Services, Inc. Hillegas Advisory Services, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$129,571,570 $5,000,000
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

Minimum Assets


Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

What We Use in Our Methodology

To find the top financial advisors in Solana Beach, we first identified all firms registered with the SEC in the city. Next, we filtered out firms that don't offer financial planning services, those that don't serve primarily individual clients and those that have disclosures on their record. The qualifying firms were then ranked according to the following criteria:

  • AUM
    Firms with more total assets under management are ranked higher.
  • Individual Client Count
    Firms who serve more individual clients (as opposed to institutional clients) are ranked higher.
  • Clients Per Advisor
    Firms with a lower ratio of clients per financial advisor are ranked higher.
  • Age of Firm
    Firms that have been in business longer are ranked higher.
  • Fee Structure
    Firms with a fee-only (as opposed to fee-based) compensation structure are ranked higher.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article. This list may include firms that have a business relationship with SmartAsset, in which SmartAsset is compensated for lead referrals. Such relationships have no impact on our rankings, and firms are included and ranked based strictly on the above criteria.

Blankinship & Foster

Leading our list is fee-only firm Blankinship & Foster, LLC. The firm’s client base includes non-high-net-worth individuals and high-net worth individuals, families, trusts, estates, pension and profit sharing plans, charitable organizations and other business entities. Blankinship & Foster has a $1 million minimum account size requirement for its clients. 

The firm’s team offers a range of backgrounds and qualifications. Some notable industry credentials include the certified financial planner (CFP) and chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation.

Among Blankinship & Foster’s compensation arrangements are asset-based fees and fixed fees. 

Blankinship & Foster Background

Established in 1989, Blankinship & Foster’s advisory services feature portfolio management, financial planning, selection of other advisors and educational seminars/workshops. The investment management firm’s owners are Stefan Prvanov, Frederick V. Brooks, Jr. and Jon P. Beyrer.

Blankinship & Foster Investment Strategy

Blankinship & Foster believes its clients’ securities should be transparent, low cost, liquid and well-diversified, according to its website. When building client portfolios, the firm mainly utilizes no-load mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

In offering investment advice and predicting the future economic environment, Blankinship & Foster says it analyzes money supply, interest rates and commodity prices. The firm’s primary investment strategy is asset allocation.

D.M. Brenner is a fee-based firm working primarily with individuals, most of whom are not high-net-worth. The only institutional clients at the firm are pension and profit-sharing plans. The advisor team at DMB includes two certified financial planners (CFPs) and one chartered life underwriter (CLU). Asset management fees are based on a percentage of assets under management, and a combined fee for financial planning and asset management is available. Some advisors earn commissions for selling insurance -- this is a conflict of interest, but fiduciary duty still applies.

The firm does not list a minimum account size.

D.M. Brenner Background

The firm was founded in 1985 and registered as an RIA in 1996.

Services offered at DMB include financial planning, retirement planning, college funding, estate planning and asset management.

D.M. Brenner Investment Strategies

Around two-thirds of the money managed at DMB is invested in mutual funds. Nearly another third is in individual stocks, and the remaining funds are invested in bonds.

Hillegas Advisory Services

Fee-only firm Hillegas Advisory Services, Inc. serves strictly individual clients as of its most recent SEC filings. Its client base of pays asset-based fees, hourly charges and fixed fees for Hillegas’ advisory services. Each client must meet a minimum account size requirement of $5 million, which is the highest minimum on our list.

Hillegas Advisory Services Background

Hillegas Advisory Services was founded in 1993 by Craig Hillegas. The firm’s services include financial planning and portfolio management.

Hillegas offers two different categories of investment management: “Core plus more” services and “core” investment management services.

Hillegas Advisory Services Investment Strategy

Hillegas Advisory Services utilizes a few different types of securities analysis methods when making investment decisions. These include charting, cyclical and fundamental analysis. The firm’s investment strategies include long-term and short-term purchases. 

Hillegas generally allocates client assets across mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), stocks and/or fixed-income securities.

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