Aspiriant is an independently owned firm with headquarters in Los Angeles. The firm, which has over $14.5 billion in assets under management (AUM), primarily caters to wealthy individuals and families, as well as a smattering of institutional investors, including charities. Non-wealthy individuals may work with Aspiriant, but its minimum annual fee may be prohibitive. Aspiriant provides portfolio management as well as a broad range of financial planning services.
The bottom line: Although it has no absolute minimum investment, Aspiriant is a wealth management company primarily for high net worth individuals and families, and offers an in-house family office and comprehensive planning services.
|Assets under management: $14,512,799,000|
|Minimum investment: No absolute minimum, but typically works with investors who have at least $1.5 million to invest|
|Individual investor to advisor ratio: 19:1|
|Fee structure: A percentage of AUM, hourly charges, performance-based fees|
|Headquarters: 11100 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90025
All information included in this profile is accurate as of January 21, 2022. For more information, please consult Aspiriant’s website.
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Aspiriant is independently owned, with roughly 66 of its current employees owning shares in the holding companies that own the firm. Aspiriant is the product of a 2008 rollup of the Los Angeles-based wealth management firm Quintile and the San Francisco-based firm Kochis Fitz. Today, the combined entity, which also absorbed Deloitte’s national investment practice in 2010, manages over $14.5 billion in client assets and has spread its geographic footprint, with six total offices in California and several other locations across the U.S.
The firm’s specialties beyond wealth management include family office services and divorce consulting. Aspiriant, which has nearly 90 investment advisors on staff, has earned spots on lists of top investment advisors compiled by Barron’s as well as the Financial Times. The firm’s co-founder and CEO, Rob Francais, was inducted into Barron’s Hall of Fame in 2019 for his work in the field.
Clients typically have investment portfolios of at least $1.5 million. However, the firm does not have an absolute minimum account size requirement, and some of its clients do have more modest levels of investable assets. For particularly complex situations, however, a portfolio larger than $1.5 million may be required.
Aspiriant can manage your investment portfolio, as well as advise on other areas of your finances. Aspiriant also has an in-house team that provides family office services. In addition to its services for individuals and families, the firm offers investment management services for institutional investors.
Here is a complete list of services offered by Aspiriant:
Aspiriant creates customized plans for each client. The personalized plans take into consideration the client’s individual circumstances, as well as Aspiriant advisors’ market outlook for the short and long term. When choosing investments, Aspiriant may recommend clients invest in the publicly traded mutual funds it manages. A small percentage of clients invest in private funds that Aspiriant advises.
In general, however, client money is typically invested in a mix of:
Aspiriant prefers the advisor to be in charge of choosing the specific investments, known as discretionary management. However, some clients have non-discretionary relationships with Aspiriant, meaning the client must approve trades.
To manage your portfolio, Aspiriant charges an annual fee based on a percentage of assets under management, which typically starts at 1% and ranges down to 0.20% for larger portfolios. The minimum annual fee is generally $14,000. Each quarter the investment management fee is automatically debited from client accounts. Clients may also pay fees to third parties, such as expense ratios and trading costs, in addition to the advisory fee.
Wealth planning services come with retainer fees that range from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the complexity of the services offered and the time involved. Clients also may pay an hourly rate for special projects and/or ongoing consulting, typically ranging from $100 to $695. The firm notes that all fees are open to negotiation.
Aspiriant has had no disciplinary events over the last 10 years, meaning it has a clean disciplinary disclosure record. All registered investment advisors are required to disclose in their Form ADV, paperwork that they file with the SEC, any legal, regulatory or criminal action that is material to a client’s evaluation of the advisory business or of the integrity of the management personnel. For more information, go to the firm’s Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) page.
Based on those conversations, the client and their advisor will agree on an appropriate asset allocation.
Clients are, however, free to choose other providers. Clients will receive regular statements from these firms as well.
Aspiriant has 12 offices in total in the following locations:
If you’re willing to pay at least $14,000 annually in fees and want a professional to handle all trading through discretionary management, Aspiriant may be worth a look. The firm may be a good fit for high net worth individuals and family offices looking for comprehensive financial planning and wealth management, as well as investors who desire access to alternative investments such as private equity or real estate funds.
While Aspiriant doesn’t have a firm minimum investment requirement, it does say that most of its clients have portfolios of at least $1.5 million, and many of its services do cater to the wealthy. Plus, the firm does not publish a clear fee schedule, so it may be hard to know before you talk to a representative how much you can expect to pay — especially if you also want financial planning services, which the firm charges extra for on top of investment management.
Before you make a decision on whether Aspiriant is right for you, make sure to do your research, compare your options and, most importantly, think carefully about your own financial situation. Be sure to research multiple firms to ensure you find the right advisor for you.
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