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Strategic Wealth Partners

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Strategic Wealth is a fee-based advisory firm providing investment management, financial planning and consulting services to a range of individual and institutional clients. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, the financial advisor is on SmartAsset's top financial advisor list for Deerfield

Strategic Wealth Partners Background

Strategic Wealth was established in 2008 by founding principals David J. Copeland and Neal H. Price. The firm is a subsidiary of Focus Operating, LLC. Its parent company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a financial services holding company, Focus Financial Partners, LLC. 

The firm's team includes 11 certified financial planners (CFPs), three chartered financial advisors (CFAs) and four certified public accountants (CPAs)

Strategic Wealth Partners Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Strategic Wealth offers investment management and wealth management services to individuals, pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and business entities.

The firm generally requires a minimum account size of $1,000,000, but it may accept clients with smaller portfolio sizes. Strategic Wealth may also charge a minimum annual fee of $10,000 for investment management services and a possibly higher fee for wealth management services. 

Services Offered by Strategic Wealth Partners

Strategic Wealth offers a range of investment management, wealth management services and investment strategies. These include: 

  • Investment management
    • Portfolio management
    • Selection of other advisors
    • Reporting
  • Wealth management
    • Financial planning
    • Pension consulting services
    • Educational seminars
    • Credit and cash management solutions
  • Investment strategies
    • Separately managed accounts 
    • Actively-managed mutual funds
    • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and limited partnerships
    • Individual securities

Investment Philosophy

Strategic Wealth believes in creating successful investment and wealth management strategies by developing customized financial plans for each of its clients. The firm says it looks at a number of factors before determining how to allocate each client’s assets. These include risk tolerance, current assets, savings objectives and other factors. Strategic Wealth also says it strives to meet each client’s long-term investment goals by managing risk and focusing on asset allocation, diversification and alternative strategies. 

The firm searches for investments that have shown consistent returns, and it analyzes investment performance in rising and falling markets to protect client capital.

Fees Under Strategic Wealth Partners

Strategic Wealth offers a fee-based fee structure, which may also include hourly and fixed fees. For investment management, the firm charges an annual fee that’s based on the market value of AUM. This fee is prorated and charged quarterly, in advance. The annual fee generally ranges between 0.20% and 1.25%, depending on the type of investment service and AUM. The firm may provide a different fee schedule for pre-existing clients or clients that joined from another firm. In addition, fees are waived for family members, and the firm requires a $10,000 annual minimum fee for investment management services. 

Strategic Wealth provides financial and consulting services as part of its overall management fee, as long as its members meet an annual wealth management fee. The firm doesn’t specify the fee range for these services and may waive or reduce management fees at its discretion.

Clients may also incur other costs and expenses, including custodial fees, transaction fees and brokerage commissions. 

The average fee for investment management in the United States is 0.95%, according to a 2018 study of 1,500 firms by RIA in a Box. Learn more about advisors' typical costs here

What to Watch Out For

The firm reported no disclosures of legal or regulatory action in its latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

One thing to note: some Strategic Wealth advisors are fee-based, meaning they may earn sales commissions. This is a potential conflict of interest. That said, as an SEC-registered investment advisor, Strategic Wealth is legally bound always to act in its clients' best interests.

Opening an Account With Strategic Wealth Partners

The easiest way to contact the firm is to go to its website and submit a message that you'd like an advisor to call or email you. Alternately, you can call or send an email to set up an appointment.

Tips for Becoming a Better Investor 

  • Expert advice can be helpful in any area of finance. Whether it’s retirement planning, estate planning or financial planning, a financial advisor can help you meet your savings objectives. SmartAsset’s free matching tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.
  • Before you invest your money, you’ll want to identify factors like your time horizons and risk tolerance. These are important things to consider, as they can affect how much you spend compared to how much you earn. Whether you decide to invest actively or passively, you’ll be able to maximize your earning potential with a strategic plan. Our investment calculator can help.

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

How Long $1 Million 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.

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Methodology We weighed potential expenditures for a prospective retiree with a  $1 million nest egg to assess how many years that fund would cover in retirement in America’s largest cities.

We 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 metro areas across the U.S.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a net annual return of 2% after inflation. 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.