Financial Advocates Investment Management, registered in 2010, is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in 45 state(s) with a licensed staff of 118 advisors. Financial Advocates Investment Management manages $3.3 billion and provides investment advisory services for 11,427 clients (1:97 advisor/client ratio).
After checking the disciplinary records of Financial Advocates Investment Management, our system found no disciplinary questions to ask. Checks take place monthly.
After checking the regulatory records of Financial Advocates Investment Management, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.
Do you offer mutual funds that have 12b-1 fees?
Why ask? 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 your firm sells proprietary investments and products. Please provide me a list of the products and a summary of how much you earn from them.
Why ask? This firm 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.
Which securities do you trade for yourself that you will also be recommending to me?
Why ask? This firm 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.
As a financial advisory firm, also known as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), Financial Advocates Investment Management can provide a variety of financial planning services for Americans. The goal of a financial advisor is to review your personal finances and work with you to achieve your life goals, e.g., saving for retirement, by creating a comprehensive financial plan. Financial advisors focus primarily on money management, including investments like stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds.
Financial planning services can include tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, or life-based event planning such as saving for college, getting married, purchasing a home, paying down debt, or planning an inheritance.
|Minimum Investment||Ask firm|
|Average Client Balance||$287,468|
|Total AUM||$3.3 billion|
|Advisor / Client Ratio||1:97|
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|SEC Filings||View SEC IAPD CRD #151298|
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 Financial Advocates Investment Management:
|Activity Restriction – SRO||No|
|Attorney/Accountant Authorization Revocation – SRO||No|
|Business License Revocation – SRO||No|
|Business License Revocation - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Business License Revocation - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Dismissal upon Settlement – Court||No|
|Investment-Related Prohibition - Court||No|
|False Statements or Omissions – SRO||No|
|False Statements or Omissions - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|False Statements or Omissions - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Monetary Penalty - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Order Entered - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Order Entered - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Regulation Violations - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Regulation Violations - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Regulation Violations – SRO||No|
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").
|12B-1 Fees||Ask firm|
|Performance-Based Fees||Ask firm|
|Insurance Agent Conflict - Affiliation||Yes|
|Insurance Agent Conflict - Firm||No|
|Private Investment Management||No|
|Side-by-Side Management||Ask firm|
|Trades Recommended Securities||Yes|
Financial Advocates Investment Management is headquartered in Olympia, WA. Financial Advocates Investment Management offers financial advisor services in 45 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
While Financial Advocates Investment Management advises clients across a variety of portfolio sizes, the average client balance is currently $287,468. In total, Financial Advocates Investment Management manages $3,284,898,865 in assets.
The SEC, nor FINRA, tracks portfolio performance metrics for the financial planning industry. As a result, unlike hedge funds, there is no historical performance for any financial advisory firm. Financial plans and investment portfolios are always unique to the client's personal financial situation.
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