search

TFS Advisory Services Review

computer Visit Site phone 732-758-9300 print Print Report

TFS Advisory Services, registered in 1999, serves 49 state(s) with a licensed staff of 121 advisors. TFS Advisory Services manages $855.0 million and provides investment advisory services for 2,761 clients (1:23 advisor/client ratio).



Firm Information


Summary Firm
Minimum Investment Ask firm
Average Client Balance $309,672
Total AUM $855.0 million
Fee Range Ask firm
Advisor / Client Ratio 1:23
Languages Offered Ask firm
Specialities Ask firm
Website Visit Site
Phone Number 732-758-9300
Headquarters Lincroft, NJ
Locations See locations
Facebook Ask firm
Twitter Ask firm
LinkedIn Ask firm
SEC Filings View SEC IAPD CRD #20626


Disciplinary Questions


After checking the disciplinary records of TFS Advisory Services, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.


TFS Advisory Services or an advisory affiliate was previously involved with violating a regulation or statute by a domestic or foreign court, the SEC, CFTC, or another regulatory body or commodities exchange.


What happened? When? How many times did it occur? Will anyone that was involved be involved with my accounts in any capacity?


The SEC, CFTC, or another regulatory agency has previously entered an order against TFS Advisory Services or an advisory affiliate in connection with an investment-related activity.


What happened? When? How many times did it occur? Will anyone that was involved be involved with my accounts in any capacity?


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



Conflict Questions


After checking the regulatory records of TFS Advisory Services, our system has identified the following question(s) to ask. Learn more.


What percentage of income does TFS Advisory Services receive from fees versus commissions?


TFS Advisory Services can accept commissions for its investment advisory services. These commissions may be earned from the sale of investment or insurance products and are paid by the companies providing the products being sold. While this allows for a broader range of investment options and management styles a firm can offer, it can also create an incentive for the firm to put their financial interests ahead of your own. Is the firm’s purpose to provide you financial planning and ongoing advice or to sell commission-based products to its clients?


Is TFS Advisory Services also a Broker-Dealer or are they affiliated with one? What conflicts arise from this relationship? How does TFS Advisory Services mitigate them?


Currently TFS Advisory Services 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 TFS Advisory Services 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.


Does TFS Advisory Services 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 TFS Advisory Services perform side-by-side management? How does TFS Advisory Services 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 TFS Advisory Services 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?


TFS Advisory Services 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.


Which securities does TFS Advisory Services trade for itself that it will also be recommending to me?


TFS Advisory Services 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.



Was this helpful?

Yes or No





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 TFS Advisory Services:




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").


View Fee Disclosures




FAQs





Other Firms


Nepsis, Chestnut Street Investment Counsel, Stone Securities, TMG Wealth Advisors




This automated report was generated using SEC and FINRA data and was last updated on April 4th, 2021*. For data support, email "support@investor.com". Firms that receive a 4.5 or 5-star rating are considered Trusted by investor.com. Learn more.


*SEC data last verified 04/10/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please view the applicable SEC and FINRA reports above. By visiting these sites, you are subject to their terms of use (IAPD, BrokerCheck). Any data inaccuracies, please contact our team. All requests for updated information should also be reported directly to the SEC and/or FINRA.

Firm’s/Financial Professional’s investor.com profile pages may contain certain limited information directly provided to investor.com by the Firm/Financial Professional including, by way of example only, the “Personal Bio,” “Certifications,” and/or “Investment Philosophy” portions of the profile page. With respect to such information, investor.com cannot and does not independently verify, audit, validate, assess or guarantee the adequacy, accuracy, or completeness of such information; such information is not included or otherwise incorporated within investor.com’s Trust Score algorithm or review process.


contact_supportSupport