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Wealth management services are among the most comprehensive and high quality financial services available. While financial planning services can help with individual financial matters, and asset management services typically handle investments, wealth management can include every part of an individual’s finances from taxes to estate planning, to charitable giving and more. But should you pay for wealth management services? This will depend on your specific financial situation, so it is important to ensure that it matches your overall financial plan and goals.
What is wealth management?
Wealth Management is a comprehensive financial service that not only provides investment advice to clients but also assists with a wide range of financial and financial matters affecting different parts of a client’s financial life.
Wealth managers typically develop complex and comprehensive financial plans that detail information about investing, taxes, charitable giving, estate planning, and any other relevant needs or goals. In turn, they usually manage your investments while focusing on your long-term goals.
Wealth managers also help set, review and update goals, rebalance investment portfolios, and assess whether clients need other services to protect their wealth. This can include managing charitable giving, tax obligations, and business plans.
Due to its holistic nature, wealth management is usually reserved for individuals who are at least above the high net worth threshold. This is generally seen as someone with at least $750,000 in investable assets or a net worth of $1.5 million.
Who can access wealth management services?
Wealth management services are usually not available to everyone. Due to the blanket nature of these services, companies can ask for a high minimum, such as $500,000 or $1 million. In fact, they may charge an additional fee to cover the costs of wealth management services, being all inclusive.
For reference, financial advisors in most companies typically charge a fee based on the AUM for portfolio management services. These rates are generally somewhere around 1% of AUMs per year, although the rates usually decrease the more you invest with the company. Managers can also charge clients in other ways, which can include hourly fees, flat fees, commissions, and performance-based fees.
While the exact amount you will pay to Wealth Management will vary widely by company, you will probably need at least $1 million. For example, Fidelity requires $10 million in investable assets for private wealth management services. However, it also has a simpler service with the company with a minimum of less than $250,000.
When should you consider wealth management?
Ultimately, whether wealth management and other financial planning services are worth it entirely depends on your specific financial situation. For example, are you looking to build an estate plan, plan for retirement and make one-off investments? Then the holistic nature of wealth management might be right for you.
Suppose you have $1 million in investable assets, you set up a trust for your children and grandchildren and you are the beneficiary of your parents’ estate. A wealth manager can help you invest your money, provide trust and estate planning services and work with you on a financial plan to reduce taxes and increase income.
Wealth management services generally benefit clients as they gain more wealth to invest or manage. But this is not a hard and fast rule. As mentioned earlier, some companies may offer customers simplified, minimal services.
In addition, it is also worth noting that because wealth managers usually combine different strategies to protect client wealth, these comprehensive services can benefit you if you do not have enough time or resources to manage all aspects of your financial life. Of course, there is a fee for this laissez-faire approach. In other words, make the decision based on your own needs if you think a wealth manager is necessary.
Wealth managers can bring valuable insight and experience to your assets. But wealth management services are often only available to high net worth individuals. However, this is not always the case, so do your research on companies in your area to find a good match.
Clients often get involved in wealth management when they have complex financial situations that require comprehensive services. This can include charitable giving, tax relief, investment management, and estate planning, among others. There are quite a few other services that are widely available, which makes them a solid proposition for those who need them. But as mentioned above, each person’s situation is unique, so decide for yourself whether it is worth it.
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