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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Tennessee

You’re not about to entrust your wealth with just anyone. But with so many financial advisors out there, how do you choose one? To help you narrow the field, we did some of the initial research for you, collecting a number of important factors - fundamentals such as assets under management (AUM), fees and investment strategy. Then we put all the info together, here, for convenient comparing and contrasting. Start your search with this list of the top financial advisor firms in Tennessee. Then use SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching tool to personalize your search.

Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 Legacy Wealth Management Legacy Wealth Management logo Find an Advisor

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$ 1,487,801,654

$500,000

 

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Educational seminars/workshops

Minimum Assets

$500,000

 

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Educational seminars/workshops
2 Reliant Investment Management Reliant Investment Management logo Find an Advisor

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$ 1,116,738,506 $500,000
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management 
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Non-discretionary investment advisory services to retirement plans

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management 
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Non-discretionary investment advisory services to retirement plans
3 Patriot Investment Management Group, Inc. Patriot Investment Management Group, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$1,078,001,643 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
4 CapWealth Advisors, LLC CapWealth Advisors, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$1,170,906,551 No set account minimum
  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
5 Telarray Telarray logo Find an Advisor

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$ 913,377,343 $500,000
  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Portfolio management
  • Financial planning
6 Rather & Kittrell, Inc. Rather & Kittrell, Inc. logo Find an Advisor

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$878,694,418 $500,000
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Consulting

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Consulting
7 Woodmont Investment Counsel, LLC Woodmont Investment Counsel, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$ 841,616,414

Varies based on account type

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Private investment fund management

Minimum Assets

Varies based on account type

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Private investment fund management
8 Waddell & Associates Waddell & Associates logo Find an Advisor

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$ 805,030,564 $500,000; or $5,000 for robo-advising

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Credit and cash management solutions

Minimum Assets

$500,000; or $5,000 for robo-advising

Financial Services

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Credit and cash management solutions
9 PYA Waltman Capital, LLC PYA Waltman Capital, LLC logo Find an Advisor

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$754,600,955 $500,000
  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other adivosrs

Minimum Assets

$500,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Pension consulting services
  • Selection of other adivosrs
10 Private Wealth Management, Inc. Find an Advisor

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$ 623,643,433 $1,000,000
  • Investment management services
  • Financial planning services
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

Minimum Assets

$1,000,000

Financial Services

  • Investment management services
  • Financial planning services
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

How We Found the Top Financial Advisor Firms in Tennessee

For this list, we only considered financial advisor firms in Tennessee that are registered fiduciaries with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We removed from consideration any advisory practices that have had a disclosure or disciplinary issue within the last 10 years or whose individual accounts make up less than half of their client base. The top 10 firms are listed here, sorted by AUM, from highest to lowest.

Legacy Wealth Management Inc.

Legacy Wealth Management

At the top of our list, Legacy Wealth Management has more than $1 billion assets under management. Its team includes 10 certified financial planners (CFPs), nine MBAs, four certified financial analysts (CFAs), two JDs, one certified and trust advisor (CTFA), one certified public accountant (CPA) and one financial paraplanner qualified professional (FPQP). (Advisors may have multiple accreditations.) 

At the fee-only Memphis firm, about 63% of the individual client base are people who do not high net worth. Legacy Wealth also serves corporate pensions, 401(k) and profit-sharing plans, foundations, endowments and both state and municipal government entities. The minimum investment is $500,000.

Legacy Wealth Management Background

John Ueleke founded the firm in 1982 as one of the first fee-only firms in the area. Although he’s no longer part of the company, Legacy Wealth Management still operates on his founding principles of clients, commitment to honesty and integrity, compassion and culture. The practice is currently owned by eight employees, including President and CEO Jim Isaacs and Managing Director Duncan Miller.

Legacy Wealth offers portfolio management and financial planning. It can provide guidance in such areas as cash flow, debt management, budgeting, risk management, education planning, tax planning, retirement planning, early retirement-offer evaluations, deferred compensation planning and estate planning. 

Legacy Wealth Management Investing Strategy

This firm is a proponent of globally diversified portfolios, stating on its website its belief that “a diversified portfolio is a sound portfolio.” Most client portfolios are invested in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. 

According to recent SEC data, assets under its management were allocated as:

  • 45% in exchange-traded equity securities (like common stocks)
  • 27% in non-exchange-traded equity securities
  • 16% in state and local bonds
  • 6% in alternative investments
  • 2% in U.S. government/agency bonds
  • 2% in investment-grade corporate bonds
  • 3% in cash and cash equivalents

Reliant Investment Management, LLC

Reliant Investment Management

Reliant Investment Management is based in Memphis and has a branch office in Shreveport, Louisiana. Its team of six advisors includes two chartered financial advisors (CFAs), two certified financial planners (CFPs) and one certified public accountant (CPA). 

The fee-only firm requires at least $500,000 to open an account. It works with individuals, high-net-worth individuals, pension plans, charitable organizations, government entities and corporations.

Reliant Investment Management Background

Reliant Investment is a family shop, with Susan Huffman and John Huffman as founders and owners. Employees Lon Magness and Dennese Black have small stakes.

In business since 2001, the firm provides investment management and consulting services. It offers a wrap fee program, where transaction, custodian and other costs are all bundled into one fee.

Reliant Investment Management Investing Strategy

Reliant Investment Management applies a number of methods of analysis when selecting securities, including fundamental analysis, technical analysis and charting. The firm aims to discern the overall economic health of a company or entity, rather than focus exclusively on stock price movement.

The firm recommends a range of investments, including but not limited to stocks, bonds, debt securities, option contracts, futures contracts, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and money-market instruments. As of recent SEC data, assets under the firm’s management were allocated as:

  • 46% in U.S. government and agency bonds
  • 22% in exchange-traded equity securities (like common stocks)
  • 20% in investment-grade corporate bonds
  • 7% in state and local bonds
  • 5% in cash and cash equivalents

Patriot Investment Management Group, Inc.

Patriot Investment Management Group, Inc.

Located in Knoxville, Patriot Investment Management Group manages more than $863.1 million in assets. Its team includes eight certified financial planners (CFPs), one certified public accountant (CPA) and one chartered financial analyst (CFA). (Advisors may have multiple professional accreditations.)

With no minimum investment required, the vast majority of the fee-only firm’s clients are not high-net-worth individuals. It also serves pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and other business entities. 

Patriot Investment Management Group Background

Patriot Investment has been providing investment advisory services since 1992. It’s principally owned by Brad Bower, the firm’s president and CEO.

Patriot Investment Management describes itself as "quarterback" for its clients, coordinating efforts between its accountants, attorneys and any other professionals with whom the firm works. The firm offers asset management, as well as financial planning and wealth management. The latter may include:

  • Risk management and insurance analysis
  • Asset allocation and portfolio management
  • Tax planning
  • Education planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning and trust management 

Patriot Investment Management Group Investment Strategy

Patriot Investment says that it believes in taking a "conservative, prudent approach to investing, and earning attractive, risk-adjusted returns over the long term." It emphasizes diversification and asset allocation. It eschews market timing, and arguing that actively managed funds have historically underperformed and resulted in higher fees, CapWealth primarily builds client portfolios with index funds, which align with the firm's emphasis on cost efficiency. 

According to recent SEC data, assets under the firm’s management were mostly (87%) allocated to securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies. The rest were invested in exchange-traded equity securities (8%) and cash and cash equivalents (5%).

CapWealth Advisors, LLC

CapWealth Advisors, LLC

CapWealth Advisors has been in business since 2000, though it originally went by a longer name (Capital Trust Wealth Management). Its founder, Tim Pagliara, was featured in Barron’s as the “No.1 Financial Advisor in Tennessee” in 2018, while Forbes named him “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” the same year.

Located in Franklin, the fee-only firm manages more than $1 billion in assets mostly on a discretionary basis. In addition to Pagliara, the team of advisors includes three certified financial planners (CFPs), one chartered financial analyst (CFA) and one certified public accountant (CPA).

Almost twice as many of CapWealth’s clients are not high-net-worth individuals as those who are. The practice also serves charitable organizations, corporations and other businesses. It has no minimum account size requirement, though it does have a minimum $1,000 annual fee, which can be waived at the firm’s discretion.

CapWealth Advisors Background

Through his CapWealth Group, LLC, Pagliara is the majority owner of the firm. President and CEO Phoebe Venable has a small stake. 

The firm primarily provides investment management services on a discretionary basis. It generally collects a performance-based fee on accounts that are more than $1,000,000. A much smaller part of CapWealth’s business is on a non-discretionary basis, where the firm provides recommendations but not supervisory services.

CapWealth Advisors Investment Strategy

CapWealth has developed three model strategies: equity income, growth and income and growth. Clients' portfolios may contain a combination of the strategies. The firm primarily uses fundamental analysis in its securities selection process.

As of its most recent SEC filings, assets under CapWealth’s management were allocated as:

  • 68% in exchange-traded equity securities (like common stocks)
  • 16% in securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies
  • 8% in cash and cash equivalents
  • 3% in investment-grade corporate bonds
  • 2% in state and local bonds
  • 2% in warrants and limited 
  • 1% in U.S. government and agency bonds

Telarray, LLC

Telarray

Telarray is a fee-only Memphis firm that's been in business since 2005. It has 10 advisors managing almost 600 accounts. The team includes four certified public accountants (CPAs), three personal financial specialists (PFSs), two chartered financial analysts (CFAs) and one certified financial planner (CFP). (Advisors may have multiple professional accreditations.)

Telarray serves more than 1.5 times as many non-high-net-worth individuals as high-net-worth ones. It has a $500,000 investment minimum, which may be waived under certain circumstances. The practice also serves charitable institutions, foundations, trusts, profit-sharing plans and retirement plans. 

Telarray Background

Founders John “Cliff” Paessler and Michael “Andy” Shaul own the firm, along with eight employees, including Richard Paessler. The elder Paessler serves as Telarray’s chief manager.

Telarray Investment Strategy

Telarray advisors primarily use strategic asset allocation with global diversification. It constructs portfolios with passive index funds, but when deemed appropriate, may employ a more active approach termed Telarray Trend (T2T), which involves underweighting or overweighting asset classes relative to their target weights. The firm does not use alternative asset classes such as managed futures, hedge funds, privately held real estate, precious metals or commodities.    

According to recent SEC data, assets under Telarray’s management were allocated primarily (85%) to securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies. The rest were invested in exchange-traded equity securities (13%) and cash and cash equivalents (2%).

Rather & Kittrell, Inc.

Rather & Kittrell, Inc.

Located in Knoxville, Rather & Kittrell specializes in serving those who are going through transitions. Its clients include individuals, families, businesses, banks and pension and profit-sharing plans. About one-third of its individual clients are high net worth individuals, with the rest being non high net worth. The firm has an account minimum of $500,000.

The firm manages more than $728.2 million in assets on both discretionary and non-discretionary bases. Its team includes seven certified financial planners (CFPs), one certified public accountant (CPA), one certified investment management analyst (CIMA) and one accredited investment fiduciary (AIF). (Advisors may have multiple professional accreditations.)

Rather & Kittrell Background

Rather & Kittrell started in 2000 as a “two-desk business.” It’s indirectly owned (through RK Holdings, Inc.) by the firm's co-founders, Lytle Rather and Christian Kittrell. Both still work at the practice. COO Greg McMurry has a small stake.

Investment management services are on a fee basis, but advisors who are registered representatives of broker-dealers or insurance agents may receive commissions in their other capacities. In addition to portfolio management and insurance, the firm offers financial planning and consulting.  

Rather & Kittrell Investment Strategy

For its discretionary accounts, the firm typically relies on its model allocations, which offer 11 different risk profiles that range from a focus on preserving capital to achieving aggressive growth. The firm says that its core investment strategy consists of "globally diversified, multi-asset class model portfolios designed to deliver expected long-term returns within well-defined ranges of risk." In accordance with Modern Portfolio Theory's assertion that the markets are efficient, the firm primarily uses passive investments in entire asset classes, including managed mutual funds and ETFs.

As of recent SEC data, assets under the firm’s management were primarily (90%) invested in securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies. The rest were invested in exchange-traded equity securities (5%) and cash and cash equivalents (5%).

Woodmont Investment Counsel, LLC

Woodmont Investment Counsel, LLC

Woodmont Investment Counsel is a fee-only, employee-owned financial advisor firm. The team includes a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a certified financial planner (CFP).

Depending on whether you’re looking for an equity/balanced account or a fixed-income account, you’ll need a minimum account size of $750,000 or $1 million, respectively. The client base is roughly evenly split between clients who are and aren’t high net worth. The Nashville-based firm also serves trusts, estates, charitable organizations, retirement plans, corporations and similar business organizations. It also advises hedge fund Teleion Fund I.  

Woodmont Investment Counsel Background

Paul H. Kuhn, who has 40+ years of experience in asset management, is a co-founder of Woodmont Investment Counsel and the firm’s principal emeritus. The practice has been around since 2000.

As mentioned earlier, Woodmont provides advisory services to the Teleion Fund I. In this capacity, it may receive performance-based fees, though it hasn't taken them since 2018. Otherwise, fees for its investment advisory services are only based on the market value of assets under management.

Woodmont also offers financial planning that covers tax mitigation, estate planning, retirement planning and investing advice.

Woodmont Investment Counsel Strategy

Woodmont Investment Counsel believes that diversified asset allocations are central to growing your invested assets. The firm uses ETFs, index funds, mutual funds, stocks and bonds in its client portfolios. It may also place your money in pooled investments such as the Teleion Fund I. 

According to recent SEC data, assets in separately managed accounts under Woodmont’s management were allocated as:

  • 34% in securities issued by registered investment companies (like mutual funds) and business development companies
  • 29% in exchange-traded equity securities (like common stocks)
  • 19% in cash and cash equivalents
  • 6% in state and local bonds
  • 5% in U.S. government and agency bonds
  • 4% in investment-grade corporate bonds
  • 1% in sovereign bonds
  • 1% in non-investment-grade corporate bonds

Waddell & Associates, LLC

Waddell & Associates

Waddell & Associates has a main office in Memphis and a branch in Nashville. Managing more than $805 million in assets, the team includes eight certified financial planners (CFPs), three chartered financial analysts (CFAs), three certified public accountants (CPAs), three personal financial specialists (PFSes), three certified divorce financial analysts (CDFAs), one chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC) and three financial paraplanner qualified professionals (FPQPs). (Advisors may have multiple professional accreditations.)

About a quarter of the individual client base is high-net-worth individuals. The rest are non-high-net-worth individuals. The firm also serves corporate pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable institutions, foundations, endowments and corporations. There is a $500,000 investment minimum, though the robo-advisor account minimum is $5,000. 

Waddell & Associates Background

CEO David Waddell founded his namesake firm (originally incorporated rather than an LLC) in 1986. He and two other employees have small stakes, but the majority owner is Focus Financial Partners, LLC, a public company traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. 

The practice offers investment management, robo-advisory services, financial planning and consulting. It also provides employee benefit retirement plan services to 401(k) pension plan trustees.

Waddell & Associates Investment Strategy

As a client of the firm, you’re likely to have your money managed in a model portfolio. This means the firm has already developed several template portfolios to fit specific financial needs and situations. This differs from some firms that will create your portfolio completely from scratch. The primary investments made at Waddell are no-load mutual funds, ETFs, individual securities, money market funds and CDs, corporate bonds, U.S. treasury bonds and municipal bonds.

For those with less than $500,000, the firm offers access to its robo-advising platform called W&Ai. This is the Schwab Intelligent Portfolio. Trading and rebalancing is determined by an algorithm. Your money is managed digitally, resulting in lower fees and minimums.  

As of its recent SEC filings, assets under the firm’s management were invested as:

  • 52% in exchange-traded equity securities (like common stocks)
  • 36% in securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies 
  • 8% in cash and cash equivalents
  • 2% in state and local bonds
  • 1% in investment-grade corporate bonds
  • 1% in structured notes

PYA Waltman Capital, LLC

PYA Waltman Capital, LLC

Pya Waltman Capital is a fee-only advisory firm in Knoxville with more than $630.8 million in assets under management. Among the firm’s five advisors, there are three certified financial planners (CFPs), three certified public accountants (CPAs) and one chartered financial analyst (CFA). (Advisors may have multiple professional certifications.)

The firm works with more than twice as many individuals who are not high net worth as ones who are. It also serves pension plans, charitable organizations and corporations. The minimum investment is $500,000, and accounts can be on a discretionary or non-discretionary basis. 

PYA Waltman Capital Background

PYA Waltman Capital was established in 2005, and its principal owners are J. William Waltman, Jr. and Douglas Yoakley. They serve as president and wealth management consultant, respectively.

The firm provides investment supervisory services, investment management services, retirement plan consulting services and financial planning services. It also offers a wrap fee program, where all management and transaction costs are bundled into one fee. One of its advisors is an insurance agent and receives commissions in that capacity. Also, the firm receives performance-based fees for accounts that hold $1 million or more. 

PYA Waltman Capital Investment Strategy

In analyzing securities, PYA Waltman uses fundamental analysis, which takes into account the economic wellbeing of a company or financial entity instead of looking only at its price movements. The firm may utilize long-term purchases (held at least a year), short-term purchases (held less than a year) and trading (held less than 30 days). Also, if appropriate, it may employ long-term call options or put options

According to its recent SEC filings, assets under the firm’s management were allocated primarily (82%) to securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies. The rest were invested in exchange-traded equity securities (14%) and cash and cash equivalents (4%).

Private Wealth Management, Inc.

You'll need at least $1 million to become a client at Private Wealth Management. With more than $623.6 million in assets under management, the fe-only firm almost exclusively serves high-net-worth individuals.  

At the Memphis firm, the client-to-advisor ratio is very low: less than 20 to 1. Accounts are on a non-discretionary basis only.

Private Wealth Management Background

Joseph Horner and Scott Robbins founded the firm in 2002. The former is the majority owner, while the latter has a smaller stake. 

The firm provides investment management, financial planning and tax preparation services. As mentioned earlier, its clients are almost entirely high-net-worth individuals, though the firm also works with a few non-high-net-worth individuals and charitable organizations. Certain clients may enter an arrangement where fees are performance-based.

Private Wealth Management Investing Strategy

For client portfolios, Private Wealth Management typically looks for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that align with each client’s investment objectives and risk tolerance. Additionally, the firm may select or recommend independent money managers (or sub-advisors). When doing this, the firm examines the manager's historical performance and relationship with risk, as well as his or her investment philosophy and style.

According to recent SEC data, assets under the firm’s management were invested as:

  • 55% in securities issued by registered investment companies (such as mutual funds) or business development companies 
  • 24% with money managers who specialize in specific asset categories (i.e., large cap value, small cap, etc.)
  • 11% in exchange-traded equity securities (like common stocks)
  • 10% in cash and cash equivalents

How Many Years $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 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