• Why Private Client Group?

    Everyone’s financial circumstances are different. Therefore, we would never suggest a “one size fits all” approach.

  • Why Private Client Group?

    Our success has been achieved by developing a complete understanding of our client’s financial circumstances and objectives, and developing and implementing solutions tailored to their specific goals and needs.

  • Long-Term, Multi-generational Approach

    As an independent firm, we are not driven by short-term corporate goals and have no obligation to sell proprietary products and services.

  • Long-Term, Multi-generational Approach

    Our focus is to understand your unique financial situation, maximize the potential for you to preserve and growth your net worth, and position you to transfer your wealth to succeeding generations.

  • Area of Focus

    Rather than approach our clients with a menu of investment products, we prefer to focus on broad elements of their financial picture, and how these components interact, in working with them to develop a long-term plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

When third party, institutional money managers are engaged, clients pay one flat, quarterly fee on the size of the account. For an account in the $1 million to $10 million range, the fee is normally  1 % to 1 1/2% per annum. That fee covers all expenses, including management, custody, transaction costs (commissions), quarterly reporting and benchmarking. If a client deposits securities into one of these managed accounts, the manager will liquidate the securities commission-free.

Life insurance premium finance is used to leverage succession capital.  While our clients often have the ability to pay premiums that can be several hundred thousand dollars each year, many find writing such large checks to be unappealing.  (Click here for an article on this topic).

All client assets are held by one of two large, financially sound and experienced custody organizations: J.P. Morgan Clearing Corporation and Pershing, LLC.  Private Client Group does not custody client assets.  Cash and security positions are recorded on monthly statements and sent to clients directly from the custodian.  Portfolios can also be viewed on-line.


We use a detailed questionnaire.  (Click here to review it).  The questionnaire, however, only serves as a starting point for on-going discussions with clients and, in many instances, family members.  We determine a client’s income requirements, investment goals, time horizon, risk tolerance, and future life style projections.  As circumstances change, so will asset allocation.  Since our clients/prospects have strong financial profiles, the equities portion of the portfolio is often larger than the fixed income segment.  Some clients may have appetites for alternative investments.  Alternative investment strategies are available for accredited investors.

Private Client Group is organized so that through First Allied Securities, Inc., we can access many investment products and offerings from its two custodians: J.P. Morgan and Pershing (a Bank of New York Mellon company) and many other firms.  As a result, our product offerings exceed those of the wire-house firms.  At the same time, our cost of operations is less than the large firms allowing Private Client Group to be very price competitive.

Perhaps Private Client Group’s most significant advantage is its independence.  We are not under any pressure to sell products that may not be suitable or in the best interests of our clients.

Finally, we believe there are few financial consultants who have had more varied, successful and financially rewarding careers than the firm’s Senior Partner, David W. Johnson. David, along with the firm’s strategic partners, feel that Private Client Group can confidently compete with anyone.

Individuals and families with investable net worth who are looking for unbiased, fee-based investment advice and “high touch” personal attention. After time horizons, risk tolerances and other factors are taken into consideration, top rated institutional money managers are normally engaged to implement a plan.

Meet the team

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We have a wealth of experience in the financial services industry.


Securities offered through First Allied Securities, Inc., a registered broker dealer, member FINRA / SIPC.  Advisory Services offered through Private Client Group, Asset Management, a registered investment adviser, not affiliated with First Allied Securities Inc..

Individuals affiliated with this broker/dealer firm are either Registered Representatives who offer only brokerage services and receive transaction-based compensation (commissions), Investment Adviser Representatives who offer only investment advisory services and receive fees based on assets, or both Registered Representatives and Investment Adviser Representatives, who can offer both types of services.

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