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Federated Investment Counseling, registered in 1989, serves 53 state(s) with a licensed staff of 20 advisors. Federated Investment Counseling manages $126.4 billion and provides investment advisory services for 11,576 clients (1:579 advisor/client ratio).



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Average Client Balance $10,916,440
Total AUM $126.4 billion
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Advisor / Client Ratio 1:579
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Phone Number 412-288-1900
Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA
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Disciplinary Questions


After checking the disciplinary records of Federated Investment Counseling, our system found no disciplinary questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.



Conflict Questions


After checking the regulatory records of Federated Investment Counseling, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.


Is Federated Investment Counseling also a Broker-Dealer or are they affiliated with one? What conflicts arise from this relationship? How does Federated Investment Counseling mitigate them?


Currently Federated Investment Counseling is also a Broker-Dealer or is affiliated with one. When firms are dual-registered as broker-dealers, they may be subject to compensation-related conflicts of interest, including revenue sharing from mutual funds, cross-selling of commissioned insurance products, and the sale of proprietary investment products. All of these conflicts can negatively impact clients via hidden fees and overall higher costs.


Does Federated Investment Counseling offer mutual funds that have 12b-1 fees?


12b-1 fees increase the total annual cost of owning a mutual fund with no guarantee of higher returns. Some firms receive these fees as payments, which creates an incentive to promote them.


Regulatory disclosures state that Federated Investment Counseling sells proprietary investments and products. Please provide me a list of the products and a summary of how much Federated Investment Counseling earns from them.


Federated Investment Counseling recommends proprietary investments and products that could generate larger commissions than other similar non-proprietary products. This could also limit the number and diversity of investment options available to you and may impact their transferability. Do not be afraid to ask how much they will earn from the product or what other non-proprietary options are available.


Does Federated Investment Counseling offer products that have performance-based fees, or does it accept performance-based fees? Will any of my assets be invested in those products?


When performance-based fees are charged, the financial advisor is paid for outperforming a benchmark, typically an index. While this may seem like an attractive compensation structure to ensure your advisor is making your money work for you, often, the managers of those products are incentivized to take inappropriate risks to beat their performance benchmark. For instance, research has shown that mutual funds that use incentive fees take on more risk that funds that do not, and tend to double down and increase their risk following a poor performance. This could be detrimental to a client during down markets.


Does Federated Investment Counseling perform side-by-side management? How does Federated Investment Counseling mitigate conflicts that arise from managing accounts with differing fee structures?


This typically occurs when firms manage mutual funds or hedge funds alongside smaller retail accounts. Side-by-side management can create an incentive for the advisor to favor the larger funds, potentially leading to unequal trading costs and unfavorable trade executions for their retail clients.


Does Federated Investment Counseling recommend securities that it or its affiliates underwrite, or in which it serves as general or managing partner? Will any of my assets be invested in those products?


Federated Investment Counseling recommends securities that they may have recently taken public or otherwise have controlling interest over. This relationship could introduce bias where a firm and its advisors may push those products over others that may have a more favorable performance with which they are not affiliated.


Does Federated Investment Counseling accept soft-dollar benefits? How do these benefits affect the firm’s selection of a broker-dealer partner?


Federated Investment Counseling receives soft-dollar benefits that could incentivize them to push trades through broker-dealers that provide advantages to the firm instead of through broker-dealers that could provide the best trade execution for their clients.


Which securities does Federated Investment Counseling trade for itself that it will also be recommending to me?


Federated Investment Counseling has marked in their disclosures that they trade recommended securities. While this often can be seen as "eating your own cooking," there are several inherent conflicts that can arise. For example, front running is when a financial professional buys or sell securities ahead of their client. In short, any financial professional should disclose all positions they hold (or have sold short) that they will also be recommending to you.


Our system found no other conflict questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.



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Disciplinary History


An important aspect of the Trust Algorithm is processing the SEC Form ADV Part 1 filing of each Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). “Item 11 Disclosure Information” contains a list of valuable disclosures that are relevant for Americans.

As identified in SEC Form ADV Part 1, Item 11 “Disclosure Information”, the Trust Algorithm identified the following disciplinary disclosures for Federated Investment Counseling:




Cost


Unfortunately, there is no single, uniform pricing standard for working with a financial advisor. Catchphrases, including "fee-only," can be helpful; however, Americans often get confused with competitors promoting "fee-based" in response.

Ultimately, to understand the underlying costs of advisory services, we always recommend asking for an itemized fees breakdown and reading the firm's ADV Part 2 Brochure (Item 5, "Fees and Compensation").


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