What to Expect (FAQ)
Who holds my assets?
SEM Wealth Management does not have possession of your assets. All assets are held at a professional custodian. Checks for deposit should be made payable to your qualified custodian, not SEM.
What type of accounts are available?
IRA / Roth / SEP / SIMPLE
403(b) & 401(k) rollovers
Profit Sharing/Money Purchase
What is the minimum investment with SEM?
The minimum to invest with SEM is $25,000 per account, $50,000 per family. There are exceptions and other options available. Please contact us for details.
What reports do investors receive?
The custodian will provide timely account summaries at least quarterly. SEM will provide a quarterly report.
What control does SEM have over my account?
SEM has discretion to direct exchanges between investment options within your account. Advisory fees are directly deducted from your accounts. Except for fees, SEM cannot withdraw money from your account.
Who makes exchanges and will I be notified prior to the transaction?
SEM will direct the exchanges between investment options without prior notification. This information is detailed in the management agreement and SEM's ADV part II.
What are SEM's investment management fees?
Fees are calculated at the end of each calendar quarter and collected in arrears. Annual fees are based on a percentage of assets under management. Household assets are totaled and charged the fee for the respective account based on that total amount.
What other fees to clients pay?
Our Trust Company of America (TCA) clients pay a fee to TCA for providing custodial services based only on certain "eligible" assets held in their account investment in one of our four managed programs. The fee rate of 0.14% (14 basis points) is NOT charged on assets held in cash or No Transaction Fee mutual funds. This fee is charged on eligible assets. Some examples of eligible assets are Transaction Fee mutual funds, ETF (exchange traded funds) and stocks. Typically SEM uses a combination of No Transaction Fee and Transaction Fee mutual funds. This typically results in our clients paying this fee on less than 100% of the assets in their account. For example, if we held 50% of our assets in each of these two fund classifications, the fee would be one half or 0.075% (7.5 basis points). During the past two years the total fee level has been closer to 0.07% (7 basis points).
SEM feels our fee schedule negotiated with Trust Company of America is a favorable one as our clients do not pay transaction fees. This fits well with our active management style. Unlike most other custodians, our clients also do not pay an annual fee for each account they hold at TCA. There are also no annual IRA fees charges.
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