In the United States alone, there are more than 17,000 registered investment firms and over 680,000 licensed individuals who can provide financial advice.
Financial advisor firms that meet our strict requirements earn the investor.com badge of Trust.
|Industry Registration||Total Trusted||Universe||Percent Trusted|
|SEC Registered Firms||5,402||7,626**||71%|
|Conflicts of Interest (25.5%)|
|Commissions Compensation Conflict|
|Insurance Affiliation Conflict|
|Insurance Agency Conflict|
|Private Investment Management|
|Soft-Dollar Benefit Conflict|
|Trades Recommended Securities|
|Disciplinary History (58.5%)|
|Attorney/Accountant Authorization Revocation*|
|Business License Revocation*|
|Court-Ordered Investment-Related Prohibition|
|False Statements or Omissions*|
|Investment Related Misdemeanors|
|Investment Related Dismissal upon Settlement|
2. Variables are strategically selected to be incorporated into the Trust algorithm.
3. Variables are then sorted and weighted individually based on their significance and the net impact on Americans.
4. Once all the data is collected, sorted, and weighted, the Trust algorithm goes to work to determine a star rating. Firms that earn a 4.5 or 5 star rating also receive the "Trusted by investor.com" badge.