Clients will incur trading costs for some securities, such as mutual funds and individual bonds, if they are transferred to the new account then sold by First Ascent. Clients may be better off liquidating those securities at the contra firm prior to transferring assets to their new account to be managed by First Ascent.
When a new account is funded First Ascent will fully liquidate all securities in the account and invest them in the First Ascent model selected by the client/advisor. If you would like any legacy assets to continue to be held in the account, those must be specifically identified in the new account application’s special instructions.
Additionally, if accounts should be handled any other way such as dollar cost averaging or a tax review prior to selling securities, those requests must be approved by First Ascent prior to submitting the new account application. Those requests must also be specifically noted in the new account application’s special instructions.
By default, our models have a 1% cash buffer. On a daily basis, we are alerted to, and act upon, cash (or security) contributions to a managed account. Assuming a client does not have recurring distributions set up and there is not a cash restriction on the account, if cash exceeds 2%, we will bring that amount back down to 1% by investing the excess cash into the model portfolio assigned to the account.
We also run a monthly review process that catches cash greater than 2% that developed for a reason other than a contribution. Those reasons could include:
When an account is sleeved into a managed and non-model portion, we do not monitor or act on the non-model portion and would only invest cash from that sleeve when directed by the advisor to transfer it over to the managed account.
For Full Service / Direct Investment Management arrangements, our default is to reinvest dividends. The exception to that is for accounts with recurring distributions set up. In that case, we don’t automatically reinvest dividends in an effort to maintain the appropriate level of cash needed for the recurring distributions with as little trading as possible.
For positions that are not managed by First Ascent, it is up to the advisor to notify us how they wish to handle reinvested dividends on those non-model assets.
For Investment Only / Sub-Advisory arrangements, we make no determination about whether dividends should be reinvested. It is up to the advisor to decide and elect the desired treatment of dividends.
Please make sure that this process is consistent with your ADV and client agreements.
Our standard flat fee schedule applies to households up to $3M. There are additional costs and risks associated with larger households, and First Ascent applies a fee adjustment in those cases. Contact First Ascent to discuss pricing prior to submitting an application for a household over $3M.