611 Columbia Street NW, 2D

Olympia, WA 98501

TELEPHONE - (360) 338-0645


Fee-Only vs. Commission

What do we mean when we say “We’re a fee-only financial services firm”?


  • Don’t earn commissions
  • Are not paid by the products you buy
  • Are strictly paid by a fee or hourly rate
  • Have a fiduciary responsibility to you, not a brokerage, bank, or insurance company.
  • Provide financial planning and investment advice without an agenda or sales quota.
  • Are a private, locally-owned company


  • The vast majority of financial services and advisory firms are owned by a bank, large broker-dealer, or insurance company. They have multiple operating layers which generate revenue through commissioned investment or insurance sales, advisory fees, revenue-sharing arrangements, and a variety of other fees. Such fees passed along to the client can be very difficult to calculate.
  • Many companies build their fees into products (annuities, mutual funds, insurance products, etc.) where they aren’t easily identifiable on a monthly account statement.
  • Product fees are often paid annually as long as you own them. For example:
    • 12(b)-1 mutual fund fees can be the most elusive fees for the consumer to identify and generally pay 0.25% per year to your broker.
    • Annuities can often charge between 2.5% and 4.5% per year depending on the various investment options, rider charges, and insurance costs. So, a client with a $100,000 annuity may pay anywhere from $2,500 to $4,500 per year in expenses to the insurance company and broker.
  • Lack of transparency causes problems when trying to understand the full price for advice when you use commission or commission and fee advisors.

We can help you identify and calculate what you are currently paying.
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  • We are a locally-owned, independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). We are not owned by a brokerage, bank, or insurance company
  • Our fees are transparent and explicitly disclosed to the client via invoice.
  • We always have a fiduciary duty to our clients.
  • We do not earn commissions by selling products. We don’t have sales quotas, production-linked titles, bonuses, or incentive trips for reaching a specific level of sales.


  • How much am I paying for advice?
  • Is my advisor a broker, insurance agent, or both?
  • What are the explicit and hidden fees in my advisory relationship?
  • Are my advisor’s product recommendations based on a commission?
  • Am I going to be sold an insurance policy or annuity?

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Address: 611 Columbia Street NW, #2D, Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: (360) 338-0645

E-mail: info@byrnewm.com

Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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