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Straight talk on Costs

We are a fee-only advisor.

Why should that be important to you?

Here’s an explanation of the different ways advisors charge for their services.

The value of good advice

Do you have a dedicated team that knows you, and that you feel cares about your finances nearly as much as you do? If so, do you know the total cost you're paying? Our clients know their costs, with no commissions, no kickbacks, no surprises.

We believe our advisory cost should be a small fraction of the value we can provide:

  • By helping you make better decisions, make them earlier, and by avoiding costly errors.
  • By seeking a long-term investment return that exceeds other comparable options.
  • By seeking a lower lifetime tax burden, and the benefits of tax-efficient wealth transfer and charitable giving.
  • By helping to provide peace of mind while saving you time and energy.

Studies by Vanguard and Russell estimate the value of good advice at far more than its cost. While researchers at Dartmouth College found that those who have taken the time to do some planning, even a little bit, ended up with two-to three-times more financial wealth.

As a Fee-Only fiduciary our cost is fully transparent.

Although we offer hourly advice, and advice on specific projects, most clients retain us for ongoing advice. These clients are charged a fixed percentage of the portfolio, usually around 1% per year (usually from 0.40% to 1.75% per year). Done right, our services should pay for themselves many times over.

Our costs are negotiable, depending upon the level and scope of the service required and the professional services requested.

Prior to engaging us, we provide full disclosure of your cost.

We generally require an annual minimum advisory fee of $9,500. 

For more information about our advisory costs:

Read our White Paper: Advisory Costs.

Advisory Costs

The advisory costs below include all the services listed on the Financial Planning page and others that may be unique to your situation. 
They are the only payment we receive for the work we do.

Our cost should be a small fraction of the value we can provide.

We ask our clients to view our advisory cost as an investment, not an expense. 

You expect a return on your other investments. You should receive one on the investment you make with us, as well.


Not ready for Open Window As your fiduciary financial planner and investment advisor?

Consider these non-broker, commission-free alternatives (unaffiliated with Open Window).
Note that the costs listed are general illustrations and may not be current.

Do It Yourself

Fees: ~0.04% TO 0.16%

Value: ____?

  • Select a single, low cost option with a low minimum balance
  • No guidance beyond initial investment selection (or for non-Vanguard accounts)
  • Good for those starting out or when your situation is simple
Vanguard Target Retirement Funds Vanguard Life Strategy® Funds

Digital Advice

Fees: ~0.25% to 0.65%

VALUE: ____?

  • Help choosing investments at a low cost and with a low minimum balance
  • Limited guidance with other accounts and limited access to a human when you have questions on investing, and sometimes a bit more
  • Good for those starting out or when your situation is simple
WealthFront Sensible Portfolios (Reno, Nevada)

Hybrid Advice

Fees: ~0.35% to 0.89%

VALUE: ____?

  • Provide technology-assisted, mass-produced investment guidance
  • Can offer limited-fiduciary advice on topics beyond investing, sometimes from a CFP® professional, sometimes with very limited tax planning, sometimes from who knows you and cares about you
  • Good when you have some wealth built or want more interaction
Vanguard Personal Advisor Services
Betterment Premium

Human Financial Planner

Cost: ~1%

VALUE: ____?

  • Delegation within a face-to-face, personal relationship, including professional portfolio management and personalized advice beyond investing, and the potential for robust tax planning
  • Ideally, act as unlimited full-time fiduciaries, are CFP® professionals, and represent CEFEX-certified firms
  • Good for those with more-complex situations and/or established wealth
Vantage Wealth Planning
(Reno, Nevada)
XY Planning Network
(All 50 US States & International)

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