"Barron's Winner Circle Top 100" is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of different criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are the overall size and success of practices, the quality of service provided to cliets, adherence to high standards of industry regulatory compliance, and leadership in "best practices" of wealth management. Portfolio performance is not a factor. Please see www.wcorg.com for more information.
*The ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors’ practices. The scoring system assigns a top score of 100 and rates the rest by comparing them with the winner. Individuals/advisory firms did not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of “Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors”. This rating in not indicative of future performance. Individual account experience may vary. For additional information visit www.barrons.com
**Since 2004, the Weatherhead 100 is compiled and managed by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). COSE is one of Ohio’s largest small business support organizations, striving to help small businesses grow and maintain their independence. Comprised of more than 17,000 member companies, COSE has a long history of fighting for the rights of all small business owners, whether it’s through group purchasing programs for health care, workers’ compensation, or energy, advocating for specific changes in legislation or regulation to benefit small business, or providing a forum and resource for small businesses to connect with and learn from each other. For more information, please visit cose.org.
The principle behind the Financial Times 400 is to focus on investors. Financial advisers were assessed from the perspective of current and prospective investors. The FT rewarded attributes that investors care about (or should care about) and not the value of those advisers or bodies.The methodology is quantifiable and objective. In autumn 2012, the FT solicited advisers’ practice information from the 40 largest US broker-dealers and requested data for each group’s most elite advisers. By working with organizations instead of individuals, the FT was able to obtain verified adviser data instead of relying on self-reporting, thus increasing credibility. The FT assessed those with more than 10 years of experience and $250m or more in assets under management (AUM); brokerages had no subjective input.The formula used is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, asset growth, years of experience, industry certification, FINRA compliance record and online accessibility.