Updated on Friday, August 28, 2020
Churchill Management Group provides investment management and financial planning services, primarily to individual investors. The independent firm is a registered investment advisor with 57 employees, 48 of whom serve as investment advisors. It is headquartered in Los Angeles and has an additional 33 offices across the country. The team currently oversees more than $6.5 billion in assets under management (AUM).
All information included in this profile is accurate as of August 28, 2020. For more information, please consult Churchill Management Groupâ€™s website.
|Assets under management: $6,552,311,084|
|Minimum investment: $750,000 preferred|
|Fee structure: A percentage of AUM|
|Headquarters:||5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Churchill Management Group owner and CEO Fred Fern founded the firm in 1963 at the age of 25 without any formal training in investing. Fern, a protĂ©gĂ© of high-profile stockbroker William Oâ€™Neil, has since grown the firm to 57 employees.
The firm has a presence in the northwestern, western, eastern and central U.S.
Churchill Management Group primarily serves individuals and high net worth individuals, who the SEC defines as those with at least $750,000 under management or a net worth of at least $1.5 million. However, it also counts as clients pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations and corporations and other businesses.
The firm prefers clients with accounts of at least $750,000. Clients with at least $1 million in assets may invest in Chartwell Funds, the firmâ€™s real estate investment fund, though the firm notes it may waive this minimum requirement at its discretion.
Churchill Management Group provides clients with investment management services as well as financial planning and retirement plan services for plan sponsors. The firm typically manages money on a discretionary basis, meaning portfolio managers handle daily decision making for the account without having to check in with the client first.
Here is a full list of services that Churchill Management Group can provide:
Churchill Management Group believes that markets behave cyclically. The firm uses an active trading strategy, adjusting its approach based on where the markets are in any given cycle. Its investment team employs â€śtop-downâ€ť analysis to make decisions about asset allocation, and a â€śbottom-upâ€ť approach when choosing individual investments within asset classes.
The firm creates portfolios based on each clientâ€™s individual goals and risk tolerance. Depending on this, it may employ one of four strategies:
Some clients may also invest in real estate partnerships, or Chartwell Funds, the firmâ€™s real estate investment fund.
Churchill Management Group charges clients based on a percentage of assets under management for its services. The rate is negotiable, but the fee schedule for all portfolios â€“ with the exception of the Maximum Tactical Growth Strategy â€“ is as follows in the table below. The rate for clients in the Maximum Tactical Growth Strategy is 1.25%.
|Churchill Management Group Fee Schedule|
|Account Size||Annual Rate|
|$750,000 or more and less than $2.5 million||1.00%|
|Next $2.5 million||0.80%|
|Next $5 million||0.70%|
|Any remaining balance||0.60%|
In addition to the fee that clients pay to Churchill Management Group, they may also owe additional transaction fees or brokerage commissions to third-party firms. Financial planning is typically included as part of the firmâ€™s wealth management services.
Churchill Management Group does not have any disciplinary events to disclose, which means that the firm has had a clean record for at least 10 years. All registered investment advisors must disclose any civil, regulatory or criminal actions against the firm, its advisors or its affiliates on their Form ADV, public documents that registered firms must file with the SEC.
Potential clients can contact Churchill Management Group via their regional office or by filling out the contact form provided on the firmâ€™s website. Once youâ€™re in touch, you will work with members of the Churchill team to discuss your financial situation and create a portfolio that makes sense for it.
After that, the team will periodically get in touch to discuss your account, but clients also can call the firm at any time. Clients will also receive monthly, quarterly and year-end statements.
Churchill Management Group may be the right firm for you if you have more than $750,000 to invest and would prefer an actively managed portfolio. If you have a lower account balance, however, or would prefer a more passive investing strategy, you may be better served by another firm.
As always, when searching for a financial advisor, itâ€™s important to compare multiple options and ask advisors questions to ensure youâ€™re finding someone to work with who can meet your needs.