SCS Capital Management, registered in 2002, serves 34 state(s) with a licensed staff of 26 advisors. SCS Capital Management manages $32.2 billion and provides investment advisory services for 266 clients (1:11 advisor/client ratio).
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|Average Client Balance||$120,981,605|
|Total AUM||$32.2 billion|
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|Advisor / Client Ratio||1:11|
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|SEC Filings||View SEC IAPD CRD #122258|
After checking the disciplinary records of SCS Capital Management, our system found no disciplinary questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.
After checking the regulatory records of SCS Capital Management, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.
Currently SCS Capital Management 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.
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.
SCS Capital Management recommends proprietary investments and products that could generate larger commissions than other similar non-proprietary products. This could also limit the number and diversity of investment options available to you and may impact their transferability. Do not be afraid to ask how much they will earn from the product or what other non-proprietary options are available.
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.
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.
SCS Capital Management recommends securities that they may have recently taken public or otherwise have controlling interest over. This relationship could introduce bias where a firm and its advisors may push those products over others that may have a more favorable performance with which they are not affiliated.
SCS Capital Management 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.
SCS Capital Management 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.
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 SCS Capital Management:
|Activity Restriction – SRO||No|
|Attorney/Accountant Authorization Revocation – SRO||No|
|Business License Revocation – SRO||No|
|Business License Revocation - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Business License Revocation - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Dismissal upon Settlement – Court||No|
|Investment-Related Prohibition - Court||No|
|False Statements or Omissions – SRO||No|
|False Statements or Omissions - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|False Statements or Omissions - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Monetary Penalty - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Order Entered - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Order Entered - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Regulation Violations - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Regulation Violations - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Regulation Violations – SRO||No|
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. To learn more, explore our series of articles about what financial advisors do and what it may cost to work with one, as well as what their titles mean and how to make a smart choice.
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").
|12B-1 Conflict||Ask firm|
|Performance-Based Fees||Ask firm|
|Insurance Agent Conflict - Affiliation||Yes|
|Insurance Agent Conflict - Firm||No|
|Private Investment Management||Yes|
|Side-by-Side Management||Ask firm|
|Trades Recommended Securities||Yes|
As a financial advisory firm, SCS Capital Management can provide a variety of financial planning services for Americans. Financial advisors help you achieve your life goals, e.g., saving for retirement, by creating a comprehensive financial plan and managing your investment portfolio (e.g., stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, bonds).
Financial planning services can include tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, or life-based event planning such as saving for college, getting married, purchasing a home, paying down debt, or planning an inheritance. For further detail, see our articles on different types of advisors and financial advisor services.
SCS Capital Management is headquartered in Boston, MA and currently serves in 34 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
While SCS Capital Management advises clients across a variety of portfolio sizes, the average client balance is currently $120,981,605. In total, SCS Capital Management manages $32,181,107,000 in assets.
Neither the SEC nor FINRA tracks portfolio performance metrics for the financial planning industry. As a result, unlike hedge funds, there is no historical performance for any financial advisory firm. Financial plans and investment portfolios are always unique to the client's personal financial situation.
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