Financial and Investment
Our aim is to provide clear and transparent information regarding our financial position, fees, investment philosophy, and performance. Additional information is available through Brian Hamilton, our Chief Financial Officer.
Read our 2015 Annual Report here.
Read our 2015 audited financial statements here.
Account Management and Administrative Fees
Legacy Deo’s operations are funded by account management fees, gifts and bequests, interest and dividends generated by invested reserves, administrative fees, and financial support from the Texas District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Our fee schedule is as follows:
Each managed account incurs an annual management fee, calculated and deducted on a quarterly basis. Amounts are determined according to the following table:
Marketable Securities Gifts
Legacy Deo accepts gifts of publicly-traded securities (i.e., stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, etc.). These gifts can fund new accounts, augment existing accounts, or be contributed to Legacy Deo itself. We also liquidate securities and pass the sale proceeds to another ministry or charity of the donor’s choosing.
One-time gifts are charged $25 to receive, sell, and distribute the net proceeds. This amount includes up to three distributions to external ministries or charities. An additional fee of $10 per distribution is charged when the number exceeds three. Statutory fees charged by securities brokers are netted against the proceeds prior to distribution.
For recurring gifts, we require a pass-through trust account to be opened. A one-time fee of $50 is charged to open the account, which also covers processing the first gift transaction. Subsequent gifts incur fees at the same rate as one-time gifts. A minimum balance of $250 is required to maintain an active pass-through trust. Upon closure of the account, this minimum balance is passed through to the final ministry or charity.
Legacy Deo can serve as administrator of an estate. Fees charged will fall within the maximum allowed by the Texas Probate Code. Related travel and administrative expenses are charged at actual cost. Fees are netted against the estate’s value.
Real Estate Sale
Gifted real estate, when subsequently sold, incurs a charge equal to 5% of the property’s sales price. When a realtor is involved, the fee is reduced to 2%. This fee is netted against the proceeds, which typically includes other charges required to complete the sale.
Most trusts require preparation of an annual tax return. Our base fee is $80, which includes preparation of taxpayer forms such as K-1 and 1099. Complex returns requiring additional preparation time are charged a minimum of $120.
When establishing a new account, Legacy Deo absorbs the first $200 of legal fees. Excess amounts are charged to the account. Fees for legal matters arising after inception are charged to the account.
Read our investment policy statement here.
Legacy Deo is pleased to offer our clients five investment funds having distinct return objectives. Two cover the full spectrum of fixed income securities, two address different equity strategies, and one provides non-correlated assets as an alternative to traditional investments. Each fund is professionally managed by one or more firms, in concert with our brokerage relationship through Wells Fargo Advisors.
A summary by investment fund is as follows:
|Objective||Investment Types||Management Firms(s)|
|Fixed Income||Corporate bonds|
US Treasuries and agencies
Corporate asset-backed securities
Bond mutual funds
(all rated AAA to BBB)
|Sage Advisory Services
Wells Fargo Advisors
|Equity Growth||Growth-oriented stocks|
|Churchill Management Group
Sage Advisory Services
|Equity Dividend||Dividend-paying stocks|
|PVG Asset Management
Wells Fargo Advisors
|Higher-Yield||Bond mutual funds|
High dividend-yield stocks
High dividend-yield ETFs
(some rated BB and below)
|Wells Fargo Advisors|
|Alternative||Energy-sector MLP mutual funds|
Real estate investment trusts
|Wells Fargo Advisors
Campbell & Company
Winton Capital Management
Our investment philosophy is different than that of the typical individual investor, who tends to focus mainly on accumulation. Because Legacy Deo is in a perpetual phase of distribution, our orientation is toward long-term capital preservation and reasonable risk-reward tradeoffs. To illustrate, the Equity Growth Fund may hold a large portion of its assets in cash equivalents during volatile markets. Therefore, our investment performance may lag that of broad-market indexes.