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Trust Advisory Group, Ltd.

Trust Advisory Group, Ltd. (TAG) is a small financial advisor firm that works with both individuals and other independent financial advisors. The firm is located in Woburn, Massachusetts, which is a suburb of Boston. TAG is currently listed on SmartAsset's list of the top financial advisor firms in Woburn. The firm provides clients with investment management and financial planning services.

TAG is a fee-based firm. That means that some of its advisors can earn insurance commissions in addition to standard client-paid fees. (A fee-only firm, on the other hand, earns only client-paid fees.)

Trust Advisory Group Background

Trust Advisory Group was founded in 1994 and has been in business in Woburn ever since. The firm is owned by its parent company, TAG Group, Inc. Unofficially, TAG rebranded itself as TAG 2.0 in 2020. William H. McCance leads the firm as its president and CEO. McCance has extensive experience in the financial industry, having worked on the floor of the NYSE, as well as at multiple Fortune 500 wirehouses.

One of TAG's wealth associates is enrolled in the chartered financial analyst (CFA) program.

Trust Advisory Group Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Trust Advisory Group works mainly with non-high-net-worth individuals. However, high-net-worth individuals and government entities round out its client base. The firm has business relationships with a few other advisory firms as well.

In order to open an investment advisory account with TAG, you'll need to make a minimum investment of $10,000. The firm may combine multiple account balances to ensure clients meet this minimum.

Services Offered by Trust Advisory Group

Trust Advisory Group offers two main advisory services: investment management and financial planning. The firm personally works with each client to develop an investment strategy that works for them. Depending on the specifics of your client agreement, the firm may manage your assets on either a discretionary or non-discretionary basis.

Financial planning services can cover a range of issues and topics. These might include retirement planning, charitable gift planning, homeownership planning, college fund planning, income planning, debt management, cash flow analysis, tax planning and management, specific goal planning and more.

Trust Advisory Group Investment Philosophy

On its SEC-filed Form ADV and website, Trust Advisory Group talks about how its advisors aim to put their clients' needs first. As a result, the firm tailors its investment and financial planning services to the goals of each individual client. This process begins with a free investment consultation. After determining a client's risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs and more, their advisor will craft an investment strategy that's designed to help them reach their objectives.

Advisors at TAG use both fundamental and technical analysis as a means of evaluating potential investments for client portfolios. In terms of making investments, advisors use short- and long-term purchases, trading, short sales and a variety of other methods.

Fees Under Trust Advisory Group

Trust Advisory Group charges fees for its investment advisory services based on a percentage of each client's total assets under management (AUM). The absolute maximum annual fee is 2.00% of a client's AUM. The specific rate you receive will vary depending on the specifics of your situation.

Financial planning fees are charged on a fixed or hourly basis. Hourly rates range from $100 to $350, and fixed fees can be anywhere from $300 to $50,000, depending on the scope of the agreement.

What to Watch Out For

Trust Advisory Group has no legal or regulatory disclosures listed on its Form ADV in its latest filing with the SEC.

TAG is a fee-based firm, which means some of its advisors may be registered as insurance agents. This allows these advisors to earn commissions when they sell clients insurance products. Despite the potential conflict of interest this arrangement induces, the firm is still a registered fiduciary. This makes its advisors legally obligated to act in the best interests of clients, no matter what.

Opening an Account With Trust Advisory Group

If you're interested in becoming a client of Trust Advisory Group, stop by the firm's website and submit a form on its contact page so that a representative can reach out to you. You can also call the firm at (781) 933-6100 or visit its Woburn office.

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

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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