The Cost of Complexity: Understanding Family Office Costs

December 2011

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The number one driver of single family office costs is complexity, including the scope of services offered, size of the family, and entities served by the office.  This study examines the three components of offices costs (internal office costs, external advisory costs, and external investment costs) using data from U.S. family offices and highlights strategies that you can use to mitigate unnecessary complexity in the office, thereby increasing efficiency and lowering overall costs. 

After reading this you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of single family office costs and cost drivers, including external investment costs 
  • Have tools to engage clients in deeper and more frequent conversations about office costs, fees, and funding 
  • Be able to reduce costs by identifying sources of unnecessary complexity within the family’s wealth structure 

This study of single family office costs was conducted in partnership with Pitcairn, a multi-family office based in Philadelphia, PA. 

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