In an asset-based fee relationship, you pay a fee (charged quarterly) for the advice and services provided by your financial advisor as a part of the advisory relationship. This fee is based on the level of assets in your account, independent of the level of trading activity. By deciding to pay a fee based on services provided rather than transactions, you should understand that the fee may be higher than the cost of a commission alternative during periods of lower trading activity.
You should understand that the advisory fee charged in the Passport investment account is in addition to the management fees and operating expenses charged by open-end, closed-end and exchange-traded funds. To the extent that you intend to hold fund shares for an extended period of time, these internal fund expenses should be added to the advisory fee when evaluating the costs of a Passport account. Additionally, certain mutual fund families impose short-term trading charges (typically 1% to 2% of the original amount invested) that are generally NOT waived for fee-based accounts.
You should consider these factors when deciding whether a fee-based account is right for you: i) your past and anticipated investment activity, ii) past and anticipated use of the products and services available in the account, iii) the value and type of eligible assets, iv) the costs and potential benefits of the service, v) investment objectives and goals, vi) additional financial and planning services provided by your financial advisor, vii) personal preferences concerning available payment alternatives.
You should also consider whether it would be better to pay separately for each trade executed and each product and service used. Since these factors may change, you should periodically re-evaluate whether the ongoing use of a particular asset-based fee program continues to be appropriate for your needs.
Please ask your financial advisor for a complete schedule of charges, which is available in Raymond James’ Form ADV Part 2A disclosure brochure or the client agreement.