+ What types of charges can I expect when investing with AlphaGlider?
There are four main categories of charges you can expect when you invest with AlphaGlider:
1) AlphaGlider’s advisory fee which is charged quarterly, in arrears. See the question below to see how this fee is determined.
2) Fund1 management fees which are deducted daily by the fund management company (e.g. Vanguard Group) and reflected in the price of the fund. The weighted average expense ratios2 (i.e. fund management fees) for all AlphaGlider strategies are currently less than 10bps (0.10%).
3) Trading commissions charged by your independent custodian (TD Ameritrade Institutional only) for funds that are not part of their commission-free ETF and mutual fund programs. my529 accounts do not incur trading commissions.
4) my529's Administrative Asset Fee (529 accounts only) amounts to 0.2% of assets annually, but is charged monthly.
We designed the AlphaGlider service to keep each of these costs to a minimum. We believe AlphaGlider’s advisory fee to be extremely competitive with other active portfolio managers. We use extremely low cost, highly liquid index exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds in our strategies. We chose an independent custodian that provides free trades for the majority of our ETF trades and only $10 for the others. We chose a 529 Plan custodian that offers low-cost Vanguard mutual funds and one of the 529 industry's lowest administrative fees. Our strategies are low-turnover by nature, which helps to lower trading fees that weigh on your investment returns.
+ What is AlphaGlider’s advisory fee?
We have one main source of revenue, our advisory fee (our other source is an administration fee for clients that elect to receive paper-based communications from AlphaGlider). Our advisory fee is based on the combined value of your household’s AlphaGlider accounts, as spelled out in the following schedule:
- first $500,000 in aggregate assets—the higher of $1,000 or 0.50% of assets, annually
- next $500,000, 0.40%
- next $1,000,000, 0.35%
- next $3,000,000, 0.30%
- next $5,000,000, 0.25%
- amount above $10,000,000, 0.20%
For example, a household with three accounts that average a combined $750,000 throughout the year would incur an annual advisory fee of $3,500 ($500,000 x 0.5% + $250,000 x 0.4%).
Please see ‘Item 5 – Fees and Compensation’ in our Client Brochure (Form ADV Part 2) for more details.
+ When does AlphaGlider charge its advisory fee?
AlphaGlider charges its advisory fee quarterly in arrears (i.e. after the quarter ends), based on the daily average balance of your investment accounts. If you have a taxable account with AlphaGlider, we will usually deduct our fee from this account 10-15 days after quarter end.
If you have multiple (taxable and tax-advantaged) investment accounts with AlphaGlider, we normally deduct the advisory fee incurred by all of your accounts from your taxable account, so that all of your tax-advantaged funds are preserved for as long as possible. Your particular circumstances may make it attractive to pay your tax-advantaged account (e.g. IRA) advisory fee directly from this account. Please contact us if this is the case.
Please consult your tax advisor for more detailed information or for advice regarding your individual situation. AlphaGlider does not provide tax advice.
If you only have tax-advantaged accounts with AlphaGlider and do not want to pay your advisory from them, you have the choice of using one of our free electronic payment methods (currently Square Cash, Venmo, and Google Wallet) or mailing us a check.
+ Are there custodial fees associated with my investment accounts?
Yes. The most common and substantial fee you can expect from your independent custodian, TD Ameritrade Institutional (TDAI), is trading commissions. The majority of the funds held in AlphaGlider strategies do not incur trading commissions, but there are some that do incur a reasonable $6.95 trading commission, plus any pass-through regulatory fees, foreign transaction taxes, and other fees which may be assessed under various US regulations or imposed by foreign governments.
There are no fees to open or maintain an account at TDAI, but you may incur fees for various client initiated requests such as wire transfers, express check requests, security transfer outs fees.
View this TDAI document to learn more about TDAI's standard fees, commissions, and limits.
my529 administrative asset fee (529 accounts only) amounts to 0.2% of assets annually, but is charged monthly.
+ Will I be charged if I choose to close my AlphaGlider account?
AlphaGlider will not charge you to close your account. Just send us written confirmation (an email or fax will suffice) that you would like to close your account and we will begin the process of returning your funds.
You may incur custodial fees when you close your AlphaGlider account, such as trading commissions, fund transfer out fees, outgoing wire fees, and express check mailing fees.
View this TDAI document to learn more about TD Ameritrade Institutional’s standard fees, commission and limits.