IHT Wealth Management is a quickly growing Chicago-based firm with 99 advisors, many of whom are certified financial planners, across its more than 30 offices and affiliates located throughout the country. The full-service firm provides financial planning and wealth management services, primarily to individuals and high net worth individuals, and currently has nearly $1.3 billion in assets under management (AUM).
All information included in this profile is accurate as of February 24th, 2020. For more information, please consult IHT Wealth Managementâ€™s website.
|Assets under management: $1,267,880,055|
|Minimum investment: None|
|Fee structure: Percentage of AUM for wealth management; hourly charges for financial planning|
|Headquarters:||123 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Founded in 2014, IHT Wealth Management is a Chicago-based financial services firm that offers investment advice and money management services. It is principally owned by founder and president Steven J. Dudash, a former Merrill Lynch financial advisor. The firm has grown quickly since its founding, often by acquiring the firms of retiring advisors.
The firm has about 150 employees, two-thirds of whom serve as investment advisors. Many of IHT Wealth Managementâ€™s advisors hold designations such as certified financial planner (CFP) and chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC). Its team of advisors includes 90 registered broker-dealers and 35 licensed insurance agents.
IHT Wealth Management works almost exclusively with individual investors, fewer than 20% of whom are considered high net worth individuals. (The SEC defines high net worth individuals as those with at least $750,000 in assets under management or a net worth of at least $1.5 million.) Additionally, the firm is capable of serving pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations and trusts.
With no minimum account balance and a broad geographic footprint, the firm serves a fairly broad clientele. It has over 30 offices in a dozen states, with its largest presence in Illinois and Florida.
IHT Wealth Management works with clients to evaluate their portfolio and make personalized investment recommendations based on their holistic financial situation, then execute the strategy on behalf of the client. The firmâ€™s asset management services are offered on a discretionary basis, meaning that managers make all decisions to buy, sell or hold securities without having to consult with the client.
IHT Wealth Management also provides financial planning services, for a separate fee, to clients who request them, and, in addition, serves as a consultant to retirement plan sponsors.
Here is a full list of services offered by the firm:
IHT Wealth Management uses several types of analysis to choose investments for its clientsâ€™ portfolios based on research and data. The methods the firm uses include:
The firm uses these strategies to create a portfolio for its clients, based on that clientâ€™s financial situation and goals. These portfolios may be based on one of IHTâ€™s model portfolios, which range from conservative to more aggressive. Advisors may also recommend other types of investments, including real estate investment trusts (REITs), pooled investment vehicles and variable annuities. While the holdings of individual portfolios vary, they generally contain a diversified mix of investments, which the firm believes is key to creating the best outcome.
For advisory services, clients pay IHT Wealth Management a percentage of their assets under management, with the rate ranging up to 3%; those with smaller accounts may pay higher fees. Advisors negotiate fees directly with clients, and may recommend both wrap-fee programs â€” meaning that clients wonâ€™t see additional charges for individual transactions within their account â€” and non-wrap fees programs.
For financial planning services, clients pay hourly fees, negotiated directly with advisors, that range from $250 to $500, depending on the complexity of the plan. Clients may pay a 50% deposit upfront for the plan, based on the estimated time necessary for completion.
IHT Wealth Management does not have any recent disciplinary disclosures on its record. All SEC- registered firms must report any disciplinary disclosures on their Form ADV, documents that they file with the SEC. Disclosures include any regulatory actions, criminal charges or legal development, such as liens or civil judgments, taken against the firm, its employees or its affiliates.
You can get in touch with the firm by filling out this form on IHT Wealth Managementâ€™s website, or by calling or emailing your local office (you can find contact info here). Advisors will look at your current portfolio and learn about your financial situation, and they will then use that information to recommend a portfolio that they believe will help you meet your goals.
Once your portfolio is set up, your advisor will check in regularly to report on performance and recommend any changes based on the market or your personal situation. On request, advisors will also create a financial plan for clients, which carries separate fees from the asset management service. Upon completion, the advisor will present the plan and discuss potential next steps for implementation.
Since it has experienced advisors on staff, no minimum account balance requirement and a fairly broad geographic footprint, IHT Wealth Management can serve the needs of a range of clients.
Keep in mind, however, that many of its advisors are also licensed insurance agents or dually registered as broker-dealers, so they may have personal financial incentives to make certain recommendations. Advisors negotiate their own fees directly with clients and these rates typically include transactions costs, but the firmâ€™s fees may be higher than the industry average, especially for clients with smaller account balances.
Itâ€™s always important to do research on any investment advisor youâ€™re considering, and to shop around to make sure youâ€™re choosing a firm that best fits your needs.