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Buckingham Strategic Wealth, registered in 2007, serves 50 state(s) with a licensed staff of 216 advisors. Buckingham Strategic Wealth manages $19.0 billion and provides investment advisory services for 9,968 clients (1:47 advisor/client ratio).



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Average Client Balance $1,901,644
Total AUM $19.0 billion
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Advisor / Client Ratio 1:47
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Phone Number 314-725-0455
Headquarters Clayton, MO
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SEC Filings View SEC IAPD CRD #143323


Disciplinary Questions


After checking the disciplinary records of Buckingham Strategic Wealth, our system found no disciplinary questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.



Conflict Questions


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


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


Currently Buckingham Strategic 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 Buckingham Strategic 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 Buckingham Strategic Wealth practice as a law firm? Is Buckingham Strategic Wealth affiliated with one?


This firm or an affiliate actively engages in business as a law firm or lawyer. When operating in this dual-capacity, advisors may be incentivized to implement plans as an attorney that could drive higher revenue for themselves as investment advisors.


Does Buckingham Strategic 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 Buckingham Strategic Wealth perform side-by-side management? How does Buckingham Strategic 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.


Which securities does Buckingham Strategic Wealth trade for itself that it will also be recommending to me?


Buckingham Strategic Wealth has marked in their disclosures that they trade recommended securities. While this often can be seen as "eating your own cooking," there are several inherent conflicts that can arise. For example, front running is when a financial professional buys or sell securities ahead of their client. In short, any financial professional should disclose all positions they hold (or have sold short) that they will also be recommending to you.


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 Buckingham Strategic 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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