Columbus Circle Investors

CRD#111878
Investment Advisor Firm

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Overview

Columbus Circle Investors is a financial advisor firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. The company handles $2.3 billion in total assets across 39 accounts, making it one of the biggest investment advisory firms in the country by assets under management (AUM). Columbus Circle Investors has a small team of 33 employees, fifteen of whom are financial advisors. Columbus Circle Investors is not a registered broker-dealer, meaning the company cannot buy and sell securities for its accounts and those of its customers and instead is required to go through a broker-dealer firm to do so. Securities are defined as exchangable fiscal investments like options, stocks and bonds.

Columbus Circle Investors administers all of its accounts on a discretionary basis. Discretionary management means that transaction choices are made by an investment advisor without requiring client approval. The advisory firm's typical account size is $59.6 million. The typical advisor at Columbus Circle Investors administers about three client accounts, placing it among the most personalized financial advisor firms in the country.

The firm's headquarters is at Metro Center, Stamford, Connecticut 6902. Columbus Circle Investors is registered to provide services to investors throughout 6 states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, New York and Texas.

Assets Under Management

$2.3 billion

Number of Advisors

15

Disclosures

No

Office Location

Metro Center
Stamford, CT 06902

Columbus Circle Investors by the Numbers

Total Assets Under Management

$2.3 billion

National Average: $3.7 billion
Total Number of Employees

33

National Average: 29
Total Number of Accounts

39

National Average: 2,073
Average Account Size

$59.6 million

National Average: $1.8 million

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Fee Structure

Fees for financial management largely are based on the financial services offered. Fees charged by Columbus Circle Investors typically consist of the following fee types: asset-based. Wrap fee programs, or the practice of bundling services for a single fee, are offered by the firm.

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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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    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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Types of Clients

Columbus Circle Investors works with a number of different clients. Columbus Circle Investors caters to investment companies, pooled investment vehicles, pension plans, charitable organizations, state or municipal government entities and corporations. Out of its 39 clients, Columbus Circle Investors's biggest client group by number of accounts is pension plans. Just 3% of the company's accounts are non-U.S. persons.

  • High-Net-Worth Individuals* - 0%
  • Other Individuals - 0%
  • Corporations - 86.11%
  • Charitable Organizations - 13.89%

* 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

Columbus Circle Investors does not have any disclosures.

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Financial Advisors at Columbus Circle Investors

Clifford Fox
Stamford, CT

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This content was compiled from the SEC and FINRA