FEES

Our fees are based on your overall level of complexity and take into account your current investments and income, size of your family, where you are on the road to retirement, and special concerns and circumstances.

We do not require investment minimums and there are no hidden charges or commissions. Everything is integrated at Cuthbert Financial Guidance - initial financial planning, implementation assistance, periodic investment reviews, and financial advice when you need it - are included in our flat, predictable pricing.  You'll pay a one-time Get Started fee followed by an ongoing fee.

There are different ways financial planners are compensated, but many don’t provide a full range of financial planning services to earn their fee. We can help you understand your current costs - often discovering that we can provide a more comprehensive service for less.

First Year Fee Typically Ranges Between $3600-$15,000+

Offering/Fee Cuthbert Financial Guidance Asset-Based Advisor Commissioned Advisor
Form of compensation Ongoing Flat Fee Percentage of assets managed Commission (varies by product)
Minimum investable assets None Typically 1M minimum ?
Fiduciary (puts your interests ahead of our own) Always Maybe No
Overall strategy review and plan Yes ? ?
In-depth cash flow analysis and management Yes ? ?
Investment education and strategy Yes ? ?
Portfolio design and monitoring Yes ? ?
Proactive tax planning Yes ? ?
Employee benefits review including retirement fund selection Yes ? ?
Insurance policy review and recommendations including life, long-term disability, P&C, and long-term care Yes ? ?
Education planning and strategies Yes ? ?
Retirement needs analysis and projections Yes ? ?
Help creating financial unity between couples Yes ? ?
Implementation assistance Yes ? ?
Collaboration with other professionals including attorneys, CPAs, and insurance agents Yes ? ?

Curious about the various ways financial services industry professionals are compensated? While there are variations, we feel there is some confusion regarding how our industry is structured and thought it might be helpful to give you the basics. 

Commissioned/Broker-Dealer - These are advisers who generally work with brokerage or insurance houses or the investment arms of large banking institutions. They are paid by commissions on selling products, such as insurance and annuities, and investments, usually in the form of loaded mutual funds or other investment products. The commissions on investment products typically range from 2% - 6% ($20,000-$60,000 on a 1M portfolio) and often decrease the more you invest. The adviser usually does not have a fiduciary responsibility, only what is called a suitability standard for the products sold. In other words, they are legally allowed to place their interests ahead of your own. 

Fee-Based - These advisers charge a separate financial planning fee, but may also receive commissions or other fees from the products they recommend or sell. They may or may not operate under a fiduciary standard.

Fee-Only - These advisers do not accept commissions, loads, or referral fees. They generally have a fiduciary responsibility. Many will charge a percentage-based asset management fee, often with an investable asset minimum. We work on a flat-fee model because we believe that assets under management can create a conflict of interest (if we recommend you take some assets to pay off your mortgage or buy investment real estate, we don't run the risk of losing revenue). 

Robo-Advisors - There are quite a few of these choices for people who want a hands-off approach to investment management. They usually put your money in low-cost ETF funds and typically charge a fee of around .25%-.5% of assets invested ($2500 - $5000 annual on a 1M portfolio) to manage and rebalance the funds. If they offer additional financial planning it is generally not comprehensive.