McAdam Financial is a registered investment advisor based in Philadelphia, with additional locations in Chicago, Boston and Tysonâ€™s Corner, Va. The firm, which has roughly $600 million in assets under management (AUM), focuses mainly on financial planning and consulting services. It primarily serves individual investors, with high net worth individuals comprising a small portion of its current client base.
All information included in this profile is accurate as of April 21, 2020. For more information, please consult McAdam Financialâ€™s website.
|Assets under management: $600,043,647|
|Minimum investment: No stated minimum|
|Fee structure: A percentage of AUM, up to 2.50% annually, for investment management; either a fixed fee or a percentage of AUM up to 2% for financial planning or consulting|
|Headquarters:||1880 John F Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Formed in 2014, McAdam Financial is privately owned by its founder, Michael McAdam, who also serves as CEO of the company. In the past, he worked at American Express Financial Advisors (currently known as Ameriprise Financial) and has been named a 2018 Innovator and Entrepreneur Award Winner by CEO Report.
The firm has about 140 employees, 123 of whom are involved with advisory functions. In 2019, the company was recognized by Advisory HQ as a top financial advisor in Philadelphia, where it is headquartered.
Most of the clients served by McAdam Financial are individuals. Nearly 2,700 of its clients are classified as individuals, with just over 100 classified as high net worth individuals. For reference, the SEC defines a high net worth individual as someone with at least $750,000 under management or a net worth of at least $1.5 million.
The firm does serve some other clients, like businesses and profit-sharing plans, but it currently works with fewer than five of each of these client types.
McAdam Financial has no stated minimum that clients must meet in order to begin working with the firm . However, certain unaffiliated independent investment managers that the firm works with may impose their own minimums.
McAdam Financial offers a variety of financial planning and consulting services aimed at individuals and families. These can be offered as standalone products or in conjunction with wealth or investment management services. The scope of the services will depend on a clientâ€™s individual needs and the agreement.
When it comes to investment management, McAdam Financial offers both discretionary and non-discretionary services. Most accounts are managed on a discretionary basis, which means the portfolio manager can make decisions without first consulting the client. However, the firm does offer management on a non-discretionary basis, which means the advisor needs to get the clientâ€™s permission before making changes.
Here is a full list of services the firm offers:
McAdam Financial customizes portfolios according to a clientâ€™s needs. In deciding on how to allocate client assets, the firm looks specifically at a clientâ€™s risk tolerance, time horizon and goals.
McAdam Financial does use their own proprietary asset allocation models in some cases, but those arenâ€™t disclosed. For the most part, McAdam Financial allocates client assets among exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds. Additionally, depending on a clientâ€™s investment objectives, it may also use individual debt and equity securities, as well as independent managers, privately placed collective investment vehicles and REITs on a limited basis.
When analyzing portfolios and making investment decisions and suggestions to clients, McAdam Financial uses fundamental analysis. With this method of analysis, an advisor looks at the underlying conditions of a fund or a fund issuer. Some of the factors that are considered as part of fundamental analysis include:
Once an asset allocation is determined and a portfolio is built, the firm reviews the clientâ€™s account regularly as needed.
McAdam Financial charges either a fixed fee or a fee based on a percentage of assets under management for its financial planning and consulting services. While these fees are negotiable, rates for asset-based fees generally range up to 2% of net worth or assets annually. They also charge fixed fees from $500 to $25,000 for certain services. Exact rates are determined based on the types of services used and the complexity of the clientâ€™s needs.
The firm charges for its investment management services based on a percentage of assets under management, with fees ranging up to 2.50% annually; this fee is also negotiable. In addition to this asset-based fee, clients may incur other costs, including:
These fees might vary based on the custodian and the assets or securities used. Additionally, the firm may offset investment advisory fees based on the amount paid for financial planning or consulting services.
McAdam Financial has no disciplinary disclosures to report. Because the firm is registered with the SEC, it is required to report material facts about any legal, civil or regulatory actions against the firm, its employees or its affiliates that would be material to clients. The firm reports no such incidents in its Form ADV, paperwork that registered firms must file with the SEC.
McAdam Financial offers a complimentary consultation to clients before they sign up. You can schedule this consultation by calling 888-614-5323 or by sending an email to [email protected].
If you decide to use McAdam Financial, youâ€™ll have an initial interview where the firm will get an idea of what you hope to accomplish with your money. Once thatâ€™s done, youâ€™ll receive a tailored plan. Youâ€™ll get regular notice of any changes regarding your account, and can expect contact with your advisor at least annually to see if changes need to be made.
With no investment minimum requirement, McAdam may be an accessible choice, particularly for investors near its four offices in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Tysonâ€™s Corner, Va. The firm offers investment management services, as well as a range of financial planning and consulting services, making this a one-stop shop for both financial planning and money management.
However, prospective clients should note that the firm does earn commissions from selling products, which could pose a potential conflict of interest. As is the case when making any financial decision, itâ€™s important to ask questions and make sure you understand the fees youâ€™re paying to ensure youâ€™re making the best decision for your money.