Beach Investment Counsel, Inc

CRD#107615
Investment Advisor Firm

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Overview

Beach Investment Counsel, Inc is a financial advisory firm located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The firm administers $1.1 billion in assets under management throughout 115 customer accounts, placing it among the larger financial advisory firms in the country by assets under management (AUM). Beach Investment Counsel, Inc has a small team of 12 employees, including four financial advisors. Beach Investment Counsel, Inc is not a registered broker-dealer, signifying that the company cannot buy and sell securities for its own accounts as well as its clients' and instead must go through a broker-dealer company to do so. Securities are exchangable financial investments like options, bonds and stocks.

Beach Investment Counsel, Inc oversees all of its accounts in a discretionary manner. Discretionary management signifies that buy and sell decisions are made by a portfolio manager without requiring the customer's consent. Beach Investment Counsel, Inc supervises about $9.9 million for every client account. The average advisor at Beach Investment Counsel, Inc oversees around 29 client accounts, making it about average in terms of personalization.

Beach Investment Counsel, Inc's main office is at 300 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428. The firm is allowed to serve customers throughout a number of states, including Florida, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Assets Under Management

$1.1 billion

Number of Advisors

4

Fee Structure

Asset-based, Performance-based

Disclosures

No

Office Location

300 Barr Harbor Drive
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Beach Investment Counsel, Inc by the Numbers

Total Assets Under Management

$1.1 billion

National Average: $3.3 billion
Total Number of Employees

12

National Average: 4,943
Total Number of Accounts

115

National Average: 2,522
Average Account Size

$9.9 million

National Average: $1.3 million

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Products and Services

Beach Investment Counsel, Inc provides multiple services, which can include portfolio management for individuals and small businesses, portfolio management for institutional clients and selection of other advisers. Beach Investment Counsel, Inc does not sell products or offer services apart from investment advisory services to its investment advisory clients.

Core Advisor Services

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    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.

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    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.

Other Services

  • Offered by 23% of firms

    Selection of Other Advisors

    This is the firm's assistance with choosing other advisors to work with who may have different specialties.

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    Publication of Periodicals

    This is the publication of various financial education materials.

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    Educational Seminars/Workshops

    This is the hosting of seminars or workshops to educate investors on financial concepts.

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Fee Structure

Fees charged by financial advisors vary depending on which service is provided. Fee types billed by Beach Investment Counsel, Inc most likely include the following fee structures: asset-based or performance-based. The firm does not participate in a wrap fee program, in which the firm offers a service bundle for a comprehensive fee.

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  • Offered by 75% of firms

    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.

  • Offered by 17% of firms

    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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    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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    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 firm caters to high net worth investors, charitable organizations and corporations. Out of its 115 customers, Beach Investment Counsel, Inc's biggest client is high net worth investors, although it also serves 104 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 at least $1.50 million or who is considered a "qualified purchaser" (a standard met by having at least $5 million in investments). None of the company's clients are from outside of the U.S.

  • High-Net-Worth Individuals* - 90.43%
  • Other Individuals - 0%
  • Corporations - 5.22%
  • Charitable Organizations - 4.35%

* 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

Beach Investment Counsel, Inc does not have any disclosures.

Please visit its Form ADV for more details.

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