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The Mather Group Review

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The Mather Group is a fee-only financial advisory firm that manages billions of dollars in client assets. It specializes in financial planning, portfolio management and retirement plan consulting services. The firm was also ranked on Barron's Top 100 RIA Firms of 2021, as well as Financial Planning's 2021 RIA Leaders list.

The Mather Group's fee-only title means it earns all compensation from the fees that its clients pay. This differs from the structure of a fee-based firm, which includes both client-paid fees and third-party compensation, like insurance sales commissions.

The Mather Group Background

The Mather Group first began offering its services in 2011. Based in Chicago, the firm is owned by Mather Holdings, LLC. The firm is led by CEO Chris Behrens and chairman emeritus Steve Berman. The firm's founder, Stewart Mather, passed away in November 2020.

Many of the staff members at The Mather Group have financial certifications to their name. These include certified financial planner (CFP), certified public accoutant (CPA), certified investment management analyst (CIMA) and more.

The Mather Group Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

The Mather Group works with a variety of clients. Its client base consists of mostly high-net-worth individuals, though it also serves non-high-net-worth individuals, trusts, estates, pension plans and charitable organizations.

The Mather Group generally requires a minimum account size of $1 million for financial planning and portfolio management services. However, the firm may reduce or waive this minimum at its discretion. 

Services Offered by The Mather Group

The Mather Group offers combined financial planning and portfolio management, as well as holistic family office services. The firm delivers its financial planning and portfolio management services as a combined package in order to assist clients with all aspects of their financial lives. Depending on client needs, this can address some or all of the following: 

  • Retirement savings
  • Estate planning
  • Investment management
  • Insurance
  • Education funding 

The Mather Group usually meets with clients in order to get a grasp of their investment goals, risk tolerance and other factors. It uses this information to customize and construct diversified portfolios. 

Additionally, the Mather Group can support 401(k) plan sponsors and other organizations that oversee a benefits plan under the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA). The firm can provide these plans with advice around several components such as investment options, plan design and participant education. 

The Mather Group Investment Philosophy

Mather Group advisors may build investment portfolios with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), stocks, bonds and other securities. But the advisor would determine an asset allocation based on the client’s unique circumstances and needs. Generally, the firm invests clients’ cash allocation in money market funds, FDIC-insured certificates of deposit (CDs) and high-grade commercial paper and/or government backed debt instruments.

When examining securities, the Mather Group may apply different research strategies such as fundamental analysis. This involves examining a company's financial records and other data in order to make predictions about its future performance and financial status. The firm uses this info to determine investment decisions.

Fees Under The Mather Group

The Mather Group typically charges fees based on a percentage of the client's AUM, ranging from an annualized 0.25% to 2%. The Mather Group bills these fees quarterly and either in advance or arrears, based on the value of your account on the last day of the previous quarter. 

These are advisory fees paid to the firm. They do not cover other charges associated with your account, including custodial fees and expenses related to the management of the underlying funds in your portfolio. Clients should refer to publicly accessible fund prospectuses and fee-related documentation that The Mather Group provides.

Family office fees are charged on a case-by-case basis.

What to Watch Out For

The Mather Group has no legal or regulatory disclosures present on its SEC-filed Form ADV.

Opening an Account With The Mather Group

To open an account with The Mather Group, you can visit its website and fill out a contact form, stop by its office in Chicago or call (630) 537-1078.

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

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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.