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Savant Wealth Management is an independent, fee-only firm headquartered in Illinois that offers wealth management and financial planning. Other services provided by the firm include estate planning and wealth transfer services, as well as retirement plan consulting. Most of the firm’s clients are individuals or high net worth individuals.
The bottom line: Savant Wealth Management is a fee-only firm offering comprehensive wealth management services, including portfolio management, estate planning and tax preparation.
|Assets under management (AUM): $13,130,277,826|
|Minimum investment: $300,000|
|Individual investor to advisor ratio: 72:1|
|Fee structure: A percentage of AUM, hourly charges, fixed fees|
|Headquarters: 190 Buckley Drive Rockford, IL 61107
All information included in this profile is accurate as of May 11, 2022. For more information, please consult Savant Wealth Management’s website.
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Savant Wealth Management is a largely Illinois-based firm that was launched in its current form in 1993 by Thomas Muldowney and Brent Brodeski. The firm grew out of Savant Planning Group, which was founded by Muldowney in 1986. Muldowney retired from the firm in 2016, and Brodeski, who remains CEO, recapitalized the firm with his own money along with investments from employees, family offices and other investors.
The firm has been on an acquisition spree since then. Notable purchases include D3 Financial Counselors in 2018, which continues to operate under its own name, and, in 2021, the financial advisory firm AMDG Financial and tax and accounting firm AMDG Business Advisory Services. Currently, Savant Wealth Management has roughly 250 employees, about 100 of whom serve as investment advisors.
Additionally, Savant Wealth Management owns a subsidiary accounting firm, Savant Tax & Consulting, which primarily serves medical and dental practices. The firm also runs the Women’s Wealth Initiative, a series of educational events and services aimed at helping women build their financial future.
While Muldowney has retired, Brodeski remains CEO of Savant Wealth Management. Brodeski is also co-founder and past president of Zero Alpha Group, an industry association, and co-founder of the Alliance for RIAs, an industry group that collectively manages close to $50 billion in assets.
Brodeski has been named to the Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors list and also appeared in the Forbes’ top 250 wealth advisors rankings.
The firm primarily serves individuals, including high net worth individuals (who the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] defines as someone with at least $750,000 under management or a net worth of at least $1.5 million). However, Savant Wealth Management offers different services depending on the size and complexity of a client’s portfolio. To open an investment portfolio with Savant Wealth Management, clients typically should have $300,000 to invest, though clients with less than $1 million may pay higher fees for comprehensive wealth management services.
Savant Wealth Management offers investment management and comprehensive wealth management services, as well as financial planning services for non-wealth management clients. The firm also offers standalone estate planning and wealth transfer services, business succession planning, retirement plan services and tax preparation.
Here’s a comprehensive list of Savant Wealth Management’s offerings:
Savant Wealth Management uses an investment committee, composed mostly of Savant employees, to create its model portfolios and overall investment strategy. The firm uses several methods to analyze potential investments and portfolios, including computer-based risk-return analysis, statistical analysis and qualitative research.
Savant stresses what it terms the “Evidence-Based Method” of management, in which the team strives to:
The firm uses model portfolios based on asset allocation strategies that take into account risk tolerance and individual client objectives. For example, a client may choose a portfolio that focuses on social and sustainability issues.
Model portfolios typically include mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) across a broad set of equity, fixed income and alternative asset classes. In some cases the firm may use individual fixed-income securities and private placement funds, or use options strategies.
Savant Wealth Management bases its fee structure on the services provided. Note that in addition to the fees clients pay to the firm, clients may also have to cover third-party fees, such as third-party advisory fees or other investment-related costs.
The firm also lays out separate fee schedules for its multitude of other services, including estate planning and wealth transfer; tax advisory and preparation; business succession planning; and medical practice accounting and business advisory services, among others. For more information on the firm’s full list of fees, consult the firm’s brochure.
Savant Wealth Management does not have any disciplinary events to disclose in its Form ADV, a form all registered investment advisory firms must file with the SEC. Disciplinary disclosures include criminal charges and legal or regulatory action against the firm, its advisors or its affiliates from within the last 10 years.
For more information on the firm, visit Savant Wealth Management’s Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) page.
Savant Wealth Management has offices in the following locations:
Beyond these office locations, Savant Wealth Management is also registered to serve clients in every state.
Savant Wealth Management could be a good choice for you if you want independent, fee-only financial advice and investment management brought to you by a dedicated team with an evidence-based focus.
However, investors who don’t have assets of over $300,000 to invest — or $1 million if they don’t want to pay a higher fee for asset management — might be better served by a different firm.
Before you make your decision, be sure to research multiple firms to ensure you find the right advisor for you.
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