Forefront Analytics, LLC

CRD#153016
Investment Advisor Firm

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Overview

Forefront Analytics, LLC operates as a financial advisory firm located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The company controls $519.6 million in total assets over 242 client accounts, placing it among the bigger investment advisory firms in the nation by assets under management (AUM). The firm has a small team of 30 employees, including 11 financial advisors. Forefront Analytics, LLC does not act as a registered broker-dealer, signifying that the company is not able to buy and sell securities for its accounts and those of its clients and instead is required to go through a broker-dealer firm to do so. Securities are defined as exchangable financial investments such as equities, bonds and options.

Forefront Analytics, LLC oversees all of the firm's client assets in a discretionary manner. Discretionary management is a structure in which transaction decisions for the client's account are made by a portfolio manager without requiring the client's approval. The firm administers an average of $2.1 million for each account. An average financial advisor at Forefront Analytics, LLC manages about 22 client accounts, placing it among the more personalized advisor firms in the country.

The firm's headquarters is at One Tower Bridge, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428. The company is legally permitted to provide services to clients throughout a few states, including California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Assets Under Management

$519.6 million

Number of Advisors

11

Disclosures

No

Office Location

One Tower Bridge
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Forefront Analytics, LLC by the Numbers

Total Assets Under Management

$519.6 million

National Average: $3.3 billion
Total Number of Employees

30

National Average: 31
Total Number of Accounts

242

National Average: 1,935
Average Account Size

$2.1 million

National Average: $1.7 million

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Products and Services

Forefront Analytics, LLC offers a variety of services, which can include portfolio management for individuals and small businesses, portfolio management for pooled investment vehicles, portfolio management for institutional clients, selection of other advisers and other services. The firm is involved in selling products or offering services different than investment advisory services to its customers.

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.

  • 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.

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 usually depend on which services are offered. However, fee types charged by the company may include the following fee structures: asset-based, hourly, fixed or performance-based. The firm does not supply a wrap fee program, in which the company offers a service bundle for a single fee.

Available

  • Offered by 72% 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 35% of firms

    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.

  • 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.

  • Offered by 39% of firms

    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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    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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    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

Forefront Analytics, LLC manages money for a number of different clients. It provides services to retail investors, high net worth investors, pooled investment vehicles, charitable organizations and corporations. Out of its 242 clients, Forefront Analytics, LLC's largest client group by number of accounts is high net worth investors, although it also caters to 61 high-net-worth individuals. The SEC defines a high-net-worth individual as an investor who has at least $750,000 under management or a net worth of more than $1.50 million or who counts as a "qualified purchaser" (a standard met by having at least $5 million in investments). Just 1% of the firm's accounts are from outside of the U.S.

  • High-Net-Worth Individuals* - 44.2%
  • Other Individuals - 37.68%
  • Corporations - 6.52%
  • Charitable Organizations - 11.59%

* 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

Forefront Analytics, LLC does not have any disclosures.

Please visit its Form ADV for more details.

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This content was compiled from the SEC and FINRA