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Fees
Most brokerage firms and financial advisors rarely publish their fees. Why? Your search for an advisor is hard enough without the games. We believe in openness and transparency, so we’ve listed our fee schedule below.

Our business efficiencies and low-overhead allow us to pass on cost savings to our clients. While cost should not be your only factor when choosing an advisor, it is an important consideration. Our fee schedule is very competitive, and reflects our commitment to keep your costs down.

Remember, the fees we collect from our clients are the only compensation we receive. We do NOT receive commissions, referral fees, sales-incentive vacations, or other company kickbacks.

Financial planning and investment management are separate services and each has their own fee schedule.

Financial Planning

Comprehensive Financial Review

Net Worth Planning Fee
Up to $1,250,000 $1,450
$1,250,000 - $2,500,000 $2,200
$2,500,000 - $4,000,000 $2,900
$4,000,000 - $6,000,000 $3,600
$6,000,000 - $10,000,000 $5,000
Over $10,000,000 Negotiable

Financial planning fees are based on net worth because we have found that planning becomes more complex and time consuming as net worth increases. Fees are payable half upfront and half upon completion.

Express Check-Up: $820
Hourly: $180 (primarily for plan updates for existing clients)


Investment Management Services

Portfolio Amount Annual Fee %
First $0 - $250,000 0.85%
Next $250,001 - $500,000 0.75%
Next $500,001 - $1,000,000 0.65%
Next $1,000,001 - $2,000,000 0.50%
Next $2,000,001 - $4,000,000 0.35%
Next $4,000,001 - $8,000,000 0.25%
Next $8,000,001 - $12,000,000 0.15%

The minimum fee is $300/quarter. Flat quarterly fees are also available.

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Other Fees

You may incur fees in addition to the ones paid to Blue Water. For instance, your other advisors such as your CPA and/or Attorney will charge their own fees for their advice and consultation services.

Regarding investment management, in addition to the Blue Water advisory fee (discussed above) there are two other costs to investing:

Portfolio expenses: There are no upfront or deferred sales charges. The expense ratios of the portfolios we construct typically range from 0.30% - 0.43% depending on the stock-to-bond ratio.

Custodian expenses: Trades generally range from $10 and $24 depending on if they are stock or mutual fund trades.

Calculator

To use, enter an investment amount and select a portfolio.  The number in the hypothetical portfolio corresponds to the percentage of stocks, i.e. Blue Water 60 has 60% stocks and 40% bonds.

Portfolio amount:
Hypothetical portfolio:
Annual advisory fee:
(paid to Blue Water)
Annual portfolio expenses:
(paid to fund companies)
Total Estimated Annual Cost:

This calculator is for illustrative purposes only and does not constitute a firm quote. Likewise, the selection of a portfolio is for fee estimation only and does not constitute advice. Our recommendations will be based on many factors and your recommended portfolio may differ from the one selected. Transaction charges are not included because they are difficult to estimate due to their irregular nature. A certain amount of transactions may be necessary in the beginning to implement the portfolio. However, after implementation, it is possible that only periodic transactions are necessary. The circumstances for each client are different.

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