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Boston Private Wealth, registered in 2014, serves 51 state(s) with a licensed staff of 67 advisors. Boston Private Wealth manages $14.4 billion and provides investment advisory services for 3,189 clients (1:48 advisor/client ratio).



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Summary Firm
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Average Client Balance $4,524,193
Total AUM $14.4 billion
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Advisor / Client Ratio 1:48
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Phone Number 617-223-0200
Headquarters Boston, MA
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SEC Filings View SEC IAPD CRD #172832


Disciplinary Questions


After checking the disciplinary records of Boston Private Wealth, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.


Boston Private Wealth or an advisory affiliate was previously involved with violating a regulation or statute of a domestic or foreign court, the SEC, CFTC, or another regulatory body or commodities exchange.


What happened? When? How many times did it occur? Will anyone that was involved be involved with my accounts in any capacity?


A regulatory agency has previously denied, suspended, or revoked your firm’s or an advisory affiliate’s registration or license or otherwise restricted their activities.


What happened? When? How many times did it occur? Will anyone that was involved be involved with my accounts in any capacity?


Boston Private Wealth or an advisory affiliate was previously found guilty of making false statements or omissions by the SEC, CFTC, or another regulatory agency or organization.


What happened? When? How many times did it occur? Will anyone that was involved be involved with my accounts in any capacity?


Boston Private Wealth or one of its employees previously has been subject to a suspension or expulsion or other restriction of activities with a Self-Regulating Organization or commodities exchange.


What happened? When? How many times did it occur? Will anyone that was involved be involved with my accounts in any capacity?


Our system found no other disciplinary questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.



Conflict Questions


After checking the regulatory records of Boston Private Wealth, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.


Is Boston Private Wealth also a Broker-Dealer or are they affiliated with one? What conflicts arise from this relationship? How does Boston Private Wealth mitigate them?


Currently Boston Private Wealth is also a Broker-Dealer or is affiliated with one. When firms are dual-registered as broker-dealers, they may be subject to compensation-related conflicts of interest, including revenue sharing from mutual funds, cross-selling of commissioned insurance products, and the sale of proprietary investment products. All of these conflicts can negatively impact clients via hidden fees and overall higher costs.


Does Boston Private Wealth offer mutual funds that have 12b-1 fees?


12b-1 fees increase the total annual cost of owning a mutual fund with no guarantee of higher returns. Some firms receive these fees as payments, which creates an incentive to promote them.


Does Boston Private Wealth offer products that have performance-based fees, or does it accept performance-based fees? Will any of my assets be invested in those products?


When performance-based fees are charged, the financial advisor is paid for outperforming a benchmark, typically an index. While this may seem like an attractive compensation structure to ensure your advisor is making your money work for you, often, the managers of those products are incentivized to take inappropriate risks to beat their performance benchmark. For instance, research has shown that mutual funds that use incentive fees take on more risk that funds that do not, and tend to double down and increase their risk following a poor performance. This could be detrimental to a client during down markets.


Does Boston Private Wealth perform side-by-side management? How does Boston Private Wealth mitigate conflicts that arise from managing accounts with differing fee structures?


This typically occurs when firms manage mutual funds or hedge funds alongside smaller retail accounts. Side-by-side management can create an incentive for the advisor to favor the larger funds, potentially leading to unequal trading costs and unfavorable trade executions for their retail clients.


Does Boston Private Wealth accept soft-dollar benefits? How do these benefits affect the firm’s selection of a broker-dealer partner?


Boston Private Wealth receives soft-dollar benefits that could incentivize them to push trades through broker-dealers that provide advantages to the firm instead of through broker-dealers that could provide the best trade execution for their clients.


Our system found no other conflict questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.



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Disciplinary History


An important aspect of the Trust Algorithm is processing the SEC Form ADV Part 1 filing of each Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). “Item 11 Disclosure Information” contains a list of valuable disclosures that are relevant for Americans.

As identified in SEC Form ADV Part 1, Item 11 “Disclosure Information”, the Trust Algorithm identified the following disciplinary disclosures for Boston Private Wealth:




Cost


Unfortunately, there is no single, uniform pricing standard for working with a financial advisor. Catchphrases, including "fee-only," can be helpful; however, Americans often get confused with competitors promoting "fee-based" in response.

Ultimately, to understand the underlying costs of advisory services, we always recommend asking for an itemized fees breakdown and reading the firm's ADV Part 2 Brochure (Item 5, "Fees and Compensation").


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