Review of Altium Wealth Management 2021

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Updated on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Altium Wealth Management is a small financial advisory firm offering customized wealth management and financial planning services. The firm has a single office in Purchase, New York, although it is registered to work with clients in a number of states. Altium Wealth Management targets individuals who can invest at least $1 million, though it does make exceptions.

The bottom line: Altium Wealth Management is a small firm with just one physical office, but it has received recognition as a top RIA and offers customized portfolios for individual investors.

  • Typically has a $1 million investment minimum
  • Offers financial planning services
  • Fees are on the higher end
Assets under management (AUM): $2,133,798,228
Minimum investment: Typically $1 million
Individual investor to advisor ratio: 45:1
Fee structure: A percentage of AUM, hourly charges, fixed fees
Headquarters: 2500 Westchester Avenue, Suite 210
Purchase, New York 10577
Website:www.altiumwealth.com
Phone: 877-780-0074

All information included in this profile is accurate as of July 22, 2021. For more information, please consult Altium Wealth Management’s website.

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Overview of Altium Wealth Management

Founded in 2010 in an effort to create a client-centric firm that differed from the traditional industry model, Altium Wealth Management provides both wealth management and financial planning services. The firm currently has close to 40 employees, including nearly 20 that serve as investment advisors.

The firm is owned by its seven managing directors, four of whom are certified financial planners (CFP), a designation that requires rigorous training and testing and adherence to strict ethical guidelines. Many of Altium’s managing directors have been with the firm since it launched.

Altium Wealth Management’s pros

  • Customized investment approach: Altium Wealth Management designs individualized portfolios for each client based on their specific needs, rather than lumping them into model portfolios. Each portfolio reflects a client’s financial situation, time horizon and risk tolerance.
  • Industry recognition: Altium Wealth Management has received numerous industry awards. Altium made the 2020 Financial Times’ Top 300 RIAs list. In 2019, it was included on RIA Channel’s list of the Top 100 Wealth Managers and CityWire RIA’s Future 50 RIAs, a list of “the leaders in the highly competitive and growing industry.”
  • No disciplinary disclosures: Altium Wealth Management has a clean disciplinary record (see more below).

Altium Wealth Management’s cons

  • High account minimum: The firm’s $1 million minimum account balance requirement excludes many potential clients. That said, Altium Wealth Management sometimes accepts smaller portfolios, and it currently has around the same amount of clients who don’t qualify as high net worth individuals as those who do (for reference, the SEC defines a high net worth individual as someone with at least $750,000 under management or a net worth of at least $1.5 million).
  • Potential conflicts of interest: Some Altium Wealth Management advisors are also licensed insurance agents, which means they may earn a commission for recommending certain insurance products to you. This can create a potential conflict of interest, as financial advisors may be financially incentivized to make certain recommendations.
  • Relatively high fees: Altium Wealth Management charges a fee of 1.25% of assets under management for the first $1 million in a portfolio. While this falls in line with the average advisory fees charged by firms, which generally range from 0.50% to 1.25% of assets under management, it is on the higher end. Although Altium’s rates do decrease as a client’s account balance grows, the first $1 million will remain subject to that higher rate.
  • Only one physical office: Altium is registered in several states, so you do not have to live in Purchase, New York, in order to be a client. However, that is the only location where the firm has a physical office, which may not be ideal for clients who live far away and prefer more face-to-face contact.

What types of clients does Altium Wealth Management serve?

The firm currently works primarily with individual investors who both are and are not high net worth individuals. Additionally, it serves a smaller number of institutional clients.

Altium Wealth Management typically requires a minimum account balance of $1 million, but it also will work with those who have less to invest. In fact, its Form ADV lists almost exactly the same amount of high net worth individuals and non-high net worth individuals as clients, although the majority of its assets under management come from high net worth clients. Sometimes the firm aggregates the accounts of family members in order to reach the $1 million threshold required.

Services offered by Altium Wealth Management

Altium Wealth Management specializes in providing wealth management and financial planning services to individual investors. Wealth management services are offered on a discretionary basis, meaning that Altium Wealth Management advisors can make trades on behalf of their clients. Clients can take advantage of the firm’s financial planning services on a one-time basis, though they’re typically offered as part of an ongoing wealth management relationship.

Here is a full list of services offered by the firm:

  • Investment and wealth management services
  • Financial planning
    • Business planning
    • Cash flow forecasting
    • Trust and estate planning
    • Financial reporting
    • Investment consulting
    • Fixed income support services
    • Retirement planning
    • Risk management
    • Charitable giving
    • Insurance planning
    • Family governance
  • Family office services
  • Retirement plan consulting

How Altium Wealth Management invests your money

Altium Wealth Management works with each client to create a unique investment plan and portfolio tailored to their financial situation, goals and risk tolerance.

The firm’s investment committee researches investment options and uses a proprietary scorecard to rate potential investments. The method allows the firm to analyze each investment quantitatively, looking at the investment’s fees, performance, risk, manager experience and other factors, and then compare it to relevant benchmarks.

Based on 10- to 15-year capital markets assumptions (unless a client’s needs mandate otherwise), portfolios typically consist of a diverse blend of investments, including:

Fees Altium Wealth Management charges for its services

For investment advisory services, Altium Wealth Management charges a fee based on a percentage of assets under management. Rates are negotiable but many clients pay based on the fee schedule outlined in the table below:

Fee schedule for Altium Wealth Management
Assets under managementAnnual fee
First $1 million1.25%
Next $4 million0.75%
Next $5 million0.50%
Any funds over $10 million0.25%

Investors whose portfolio includes an equity or fixed-income strategy pay an additional 0.20% on those assets. Clients may also owe additional investing-related fees to cover third-party charges for transactions made on their behalf with other financial institutions, such as broker-dealers, custodians or banks.

For financial planning services, clients pay either a fixed or hourly fee that depends on the scope and complexity of the services provided. While rates are negotiable, the typical range for one-time, project-based services is a fixed fee of $5,000 to $25,000 or an hourly rate of $150 to $750 per hour. For ongoing financial planning, fees are also negotiable and range from $2,000 to $25,000 per year.

Altium Wealth Management disciplinary disclosures

Altium Wealth Management does not have any disciplinary disclosures on its record. Investment advisors who face disciplinary action, including criminal charges, regulatory infractions or civil actions, must report those incidents on the Form ADV that they file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

For more information on the firm, go to Altium Wealth Management’s IAPD page.

Altium Wealth Management onboarding process

Clients interested in working with Altium Wealth Management can contact the firm in the following ways:

From there, you can expect to have an initial planning meeting covering your investment goals and objectives, as well as a discussion of the broad strategy or strategies that will be used. The firm will determine an appropriate asset allocation for your unique situation and then develop your portfolio. You’ll be assigned a representative with whom you’ll review goals, circumstances and current portfolio allocations.

Once you are an established client, you should have a meeting with your representative no less than annually. Regular account reviews happen at least quarterly.

Where Altium Wealth Management is located

The firm is registered in several states but has only one physical office, in Purchase, New York.

Is Altium Wealth Management right for you?

Altium Wealth Management could be a good choice if you can invest at least $1 million and are looking for personalized investment services. The firm only has one office, in Purchase, New York, so it may be best suited to clients who live in the region. However, it is registered to serve investors in other states; consult Altium to find out its availability in your location.

Investors who have a smaller account balance or live in other parts of the country where Altium is not registered might be better suited to work with a different firm. Additionally, potential clients should be aware that some Altium Wealth Management advisors are also insurance agents, which could create a conflict of interest when they recommend products. Be sure to research multiple firms to ensure you find the right advisor for you.

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