Value Monitoring, Inc

CRD#106056
Investment Advisor Firm

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Overview

Value Monitoring, Inc operates as a financial advisor firm located in Menlo Park, California. It manages $114.1 million in assets under management over 131 client accounts, making it a mid-tier investment advisory firm in the country by assets under management (AUM). Value Monitoring, Inc has a small group of eight employees, of which three are financial advisors. Value Monitoring, Inc does not act as a registered broker-dealer, signifying that the company cannot buy and sell securities for its accounts and those of its customers and instead must go through a broker-dealer firm to do so. Securities are defined as exchangable financial assets such as bonds, options and equities.

Value Monitoring, Inc manages all of the company's client assets in a discretionary manner. Discretionary management means that a portfolio manager makes transaction judgments without requiring the customer's consent. Value Monitoring, Inc's typical account size is $871,026. The typical advisor at Value Monitoring, Inc manages around 44 client accounts, placing it towards the middle in terms of personalization.

The firm's headquarters is located at 250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025-2251. The firm is legally registered to provide services to investors across a few states, including California, Colorado and Texas.

Assets Under Management

$114.1 million

Number of Advisors

3

Disclosures

No

Office Location

250 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025-2251

Value Monitoring, Inc by the Numbers

Total Assets Under Management

$114.1 million

National Average: $3.3 billion
Total Number of Employees

8

National Average: 31
Total Number of Accounts

131

National Average: 1,935
Average Account Size

$871.0 thousand

National Average: $1.7 million

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Products and Services

Value Monitoring, Inc provides a number of financial services, which can consist of financial planning services, portfolio management for individuals and small businesses and portfolio management for pooled investment vehicles. In the last fiscal year, it provided 51-100 of its customers with financial planning services. The firm is not engaged in selling products or offering services aside from investment advisory services to its investment advisory accounts.

Core Advisor Services

  • Offered by 44% of firms

    Financial Planning Services

    This is the process of planning for your financial future, including for events such as retirement, your child's college education or estate succession.

  • Offered by 61% of firms

    Portfolio Management

    This is the selection and management of an investment mix and portfolio strategy for individuals and small businesses.

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    Market Timing Services

    This is the practice of attempting to make short-term profits on investments by buying low and selling high.

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Fee Structure

Financial advisory fees usually vary depending on the type of services offered. However, fees billed by the company typically consist of the following fee structures: asset-based. Wrap fee programs, or the practice of bundling services for a single fee, are not provided by the company.

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    Percentage of Assets

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    This fee, which is the most common fee type charged by advisors for portfolio management, is based on the amount of assets you have under management. Also referred to as an asset-based fee, this fee typically ranges from 0.50%-2.00% of AUM annually. You'll typically pay a lower rate the more assets you have under management.

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    Hourly

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    Like a lawyer, a financial advisor may charge you by the hour. This can be helpful if you are only looking for short-term or one-time advice. Rates typically range from $100-$300 per hour, depending on the complexity and level of services needed.

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    Commissions

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    Occasionally, advisors earn commissions from selling financial products, such as securities or insurance policies, or making certain referrals or transactions. Advisors who earn commissions may be incentivized to make certain recommendations to clients in order to make a commission. Fee-only advisors do not earn commissions, while fee-based advisors may.

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    Performance-based

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    Advisors only earn performance-based fees if a portfolio outperforms a defined benchmark. This fee may be calculated in a number of ways but most commonly is charged as a percentage of investment profits. Performance-based fees may incentivize advisors to make riskier decisions in order to generate higher returns.

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    Subscription

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    Firms generally charge this fee for educational materials provided, such as a monthly magazine. This can be useful if you want to learn about investing or financial management on your own.

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    Fixed

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    Fixed fees are a one-time, lump sum charged for a specific service, like the creation of a financial plan without subsequent implementation. This can be useful if you only need advice for one specific purpose, rather than a long-term advisor. Fixed fees usually range from $1,000 to $3,000.

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    Other

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    Firms can sometimes charge customers using non-traditional fee structures. See this firm's Form ADV for more details.

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Types of Clients

The company does business with a broad range of clients. Value Monitoring, Inc caters to retail investors, high net worth investors, pooled investment vehicles, pension plans, charitable organizations and corporations. Out of its 131 accounts, Value Monitoring, Inc's biggest client group is retail investors, though it also manages money for three high-net-worth individuals. A high-net-worth individual is defined by the SEC as an investor who has at least $750,000 in AUM or a net worth of more than $1.50 million or who is deemed a "qualified purchaser" (a standard met by having at least $5 million in investments). None of the firm's customers are from outside of the U.S.

  • High-Net-Worth Individuals* - 4.48%
  • Other Individuals - 85.07%
  • Corporations - 8.96%
  • Charitable Organizations - 1.49%

* The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines a high-net-worth individual as someone who has at least $750,000 under management.

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Disclosures

Value Monitoring, Inc does not have any disclosures.

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Financial Advisors at Value Monitoring, Inc

David Levenson
Menlo Park, CA
Mark Levenson
Menlo Park, CA

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This content was compiled from the SEC and FINRA