Broker Check

Form CRS: Customer Relationship Summary

What Investment Services and Advice Can You Provide Me?

PAMG offers investment advisory services to retail investors.

Advisory Services

Our advisory services include, but are not limited to, discretionary and non-discretionary investment advisory services (including investment portfolio monitoring, financial counseling, review of accounts, and securities research), “wrap fee” programs (an account where no separate transaction charges apply and a single fee is paid for advisory services and trading costs), third-party advisory services, retirement plan consulting services and products, consulting services, and financial planning.

Additionally, some of our advisory services are sponsored by VISION2020 Wealth Management Corp. (“VISION2020”), the Firm’s registered investment adviser affiliate. VISION2020 sponsors accounts on the Wealth Management Platform (“WMP”), an investment management program that provides you with access to multiple investment managers who provide investment advice to your portfolio consisting of individual stocks, bonds, exchange traded and mutual funds. To join WMP, you will enter into an investment advisory client agreement with VISION2020, the Firm and your financial professional. VISION2020 has a master agreement with Envestnet Asset Management, which in turn has a separate agreement with each of the investment managers on the WMP. Certain investment managers available on the WMP that provide asset allocation services in mutual funds and exchange traded funds, have agreements directly with us. 

When providing advisory services, we are held to a fiduciary standard that covers our investment advisory relationship with you. As fiduciaries, investment advisers are required to act in the best interest of their clients and not place their own interests ahead of their clients. However, at times our interests can conflict with your interests. When we provide recommendations, we must eliminate, mitigate or inform you of these conflicts, depending on the nature of the conflict.

When you use the PAMG for advisory services, you will pay an ongoing assetā€based fee for our services. As part of these services, we will offer you advice on a regular basis, discuss your investment and overall financial goals, design a strategy to help achieve those goals, and regularly monitor your account, meeting with you at least annually. When you use the Firm for financial planning, the fees will be agreed upon between you and your financial professional.

There are different types of advisory accounts you can choose. You can select an advisory account that allows us to buy and sell investments in your account without asking you in advance (a “discretionary account”), or we may give you advice and you decide what investments to buy and sell (a “non-discretionary account”).

For our discretionary services, you give your financial professional or an investment manager the authority to buy and sell securities, either absolutely or subject to certain restrictions. This authority varies according to the advisory program, and there is a prohibition against exercising discretion in client accounts unless granted written authority to enter orders on your behalf. For these discretionary services, investment monitoring is offered as part of our standard services and is provided at least annually.

For our nondiscretionary services, you make the ultimate decision regarding the purchase and/or sale of investments. For these nondiscretionary services, investment monitoring is offered as part of our standard services and is provided quarterly. Investment advice may be provided regarding asset allocation, investment portfolio construction, investment selection, or other services as agreed upon by both parties, and there may be limitations on investment offerings.

The advisory services may also have account/investment minimums, which are further detailed in the applicable WMP Brochure.  Our investment advice only covers investments that are allowed according to the terms of each advisory program, and other firms could provide advice on a wider range of choices, some of which might have lower costs.

For Additional Information

Visit www.planwithpamg.com or see Pinnacle Asset Management Group's Firm Brochure, Form ADV Part 2A brochures (Items 4 and 7 of Part 2A or Items 4.A. and 5 of Part 2A Appendix 1) and other applicable documents.

Conversation Starters                    

Given my financial situation, should I choose an investment advisory service? Why or why not?”           

“How will you choose investments to recommend to me?”

“What is your relevant experience, including your licenses, education and other qualifications? What do these qualifications mean?” 

What Fees Will I Pay?

Fees and costs affect the value of your account over time. Please ask your financial professional to give you personalized information on the fees and costs that you will pay.

Advisory Services Fees

For most advisory services, you will pay an ongoing recurring fee based on the value of cash and investments in your advisory account. The more assets there are in your advisory account, the more you will pay in fees, and the Firm may therefore have an incentive to encourage you to increase the assets in your account.   The amount paid to the Firm and your financial professional does not vary based on the type of investments we select on your behalf or recommend to you. The asset-based fee reduces the value of your account and will be deducted from your account.

For wrap fee programs, the asset-based fee will include most transaction costs and custody services, and as a result wrap fees are typically higher than non-wrap advisory fees. For non-wrap fee programs, there are asset-based fees for investment advice, but separate transaction fees. Some investments (such as mutual funds and variable annuities) impose additional fees that will reduce the value of your investment over time. For financial planning, the fees will be agreed upon between you and your financial professional.

Our fees vary and are negotiable. The amount you pay will depend, for example, on the services you receive and the amount of assets in your account.   For additional details on how fees are calculated, refer to your investment advisory agreement and the applicable disclosures specific to your advisory account.  You will pay fees and costs whether you make or lose money on your investments. Fees and costs will reduce any amount of money you make on your investments over time. Please make sure you understand what fees and costs you are paying.

For Additional Information

Visit www.planwithpamg.com or see Pinnacle Asset Management Group, Inc.'s Firm Brochure, Form ADV, Part 2A brochure (Items 5 and 6 of Part 2A or Items 4 and 5 of Part 2A Appendix 1) and other applicable documents.

Conversation Starters

“Help me understand how these fees and costs might affect my investments. If I give you $10,000 to invest, how much will go to fees and costs, and how much will be invested for me?”

What are your legal obligations to me when providing recommendations as my investment adviser? How else does your firm make money and what conflicts of interest do you have? 

When we act as your investment adviser, we have to act in your best interest and not put our interest ahead of yours. At the same time, the way we make money creates some conflicts with your interests. You should understand and ask us about these conflicts because they can affect the recommendations and investment advice we provide you. Here are some examples to help you understand what this means.

As you work with your financial professional to determine the right investments and services to achieve your investment goals, you should understand how the Firm is compensated. This is because various forms of compensation may create potential conflicts of interest, and it is important for you to evaluate potential conflicts of interest in making investment decisions.

Certain sources of compensation may be familiar to you because they are directly associated with your account type or investments. Other forms of compensation, however, may not be as familiar, because they do not directly affect the amount you pay. Below are several examples of ways we make money and the associated conflicts of interest.

Occasionally the firm holds client events that are sponsored by investment firms.

For Additional Information

Visit www.planwithpamg.com or see Pinnacle Asset Management Group, Inc.'s Firm Brochure, Form ADV, Part 2A brochure (Items 5 and 6 of Part 2A or Items 4 and 5 of Part 2A Appendix 1) and other applicable documents.

Conversation Starters

“Help me understand how these fees and costs might affect my investments. If I give you $10,000 to invest, how much will go to fees and costs, and how much will be invested for me?”

Conversation Starters

Ask your financial professional:

• How might your conflicts of interest affect me, and how will you address them?

How do your financial professionals make money?

Our financial professionals can offer various types of advisory and brokerage programs, platforms and services, and can earn more or less if a certain type of service, program or platform is recommended. They are also compensated in a variety of ways, and the compensation can be based on factors such as: the amount of client assets they service; the time and complexity required to meet a client’s needs; the product sold (i.e., differential compensation); product sales commissions; or revenue the Firm earns from the financial professional’s advisory services or recommendations.

In their day-to-day businesses, it is not uncommon for our financial professionals to face decisions about whether a particular action or circumstance constitutes a conflict of interest.  While many conflicts can be avoided, there are some conflicts that are unavoidable. Since our financial professionals are compensated for the services they provide, this presents an inherent conflict of interest. Commission-based financial professionals are compensated solely through commissions. In contrast, fee-based financial professionals charge an asset-based or flat fee directly to their clients for their services. This fee can be structured in multiple ways, such as an hourly rate, a monthly retainer, a flat annual fee, or a percentage of assets under management. Financial professionals that offer both brokerage and advisory services can be compensated as commission-based or fee-based depending on the type of product or service offered.

Ask your financial professional:  As a financial professional, do you have any disciplinary history? For what type of conduct?

Do You or Your Financial Professionals Have Legal or Disciplinary History? We have no disciplinary events.  Visit Investor.gov/CRS for a free and simple search tool to research us and our financial professionals. Our financial professionals may have conflicts of interest beyond those disclosed by us, including the potential to receive loans, expense reimbursement, and incentives for adding assets to the Firm’s platform, and those financial professionals will disclose, when

Conversation Starters

Ask your financial professional:   

  • Who is my primary contact person?
  • Is he or she a representative of an investment adviser or a broker-dealer?
  • Who can I talk to if I have concerns about how this person is treating me?

Additional Information For additional information about our services, please visit Investor.gov, BrokerCheck (brokercheck.finra.org), our website (planwithpamg.com), and, if applicable, your account agreement. For additional information on advisory services, see our Form ADV brochure on IAPD, on Investor.gov, or on our website (royalalliance.com/disclosures), and any brochure supplement your financial professional provides. Additionally, you can request up-to-date information and/or a written copy of Form CRS by calling Pinnacle Asset Management Group, Inc. at (318)221-7526.