In the United States alone, there are more than 16,000 registered investment firms and over 680,000 licensed individuals who can provide financial advice.
Reviewed financial advisor firms that meet our strict requirements earn the investor.com badge of Trust.
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Here’s a summary of the regulatory and proprietary data** we collect to review Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms:
|Years Registered (SEC IAPD)|
|Conflicts of Interest|
|Attorney Conflict (ADV Part 1 Items 6.A.13, 7.A.11)|
|Broker/Dealer Conflict (ADV Part 1 Items 6.A.1, 7.A.1)|
|Commissions Compensation Conflict (ADV Part 1 Item 5.E.5)|
|Insurance Affiliation Conflict (ADV Part 1 Item 6.A.6)|
|Insurance Agency Conflict (ADV Part 1 Item 7.A.12)|
|Private Investment Management (ADV Part 1 Item 8.B.2)|
|Proprietary Investments (ADV Part 1 Item 8.A.3)|
|Soft-Dollar Benefit Conflict (ADV Part 1 Item 8.G.1)|
|Trades Recommended Securities (ADV Part 1 Item 8.A.2)|
|Activity Restriction (ADV Part 1 Item 11.E.4)*|
|Attorney/Accountant Authorization Revocation (ADV Part 1 Item 11.F)*|
|Business License Revocation (ADV Part 1 Items 11.C.3, 11.D.3, 11.E.3)*|
|Court-Ordered Investment-Related Prohibition (ADV Part 1 Item 11.H.1.A)|
|False Statements or Omissions (ADV Part 1 Items 11.C.1 11.D.1, 11.E.1)*|
|Felony Convictions (ADV Part 1 Item 11.A.1)|
|Investment Related Misdemeanors (ADV Part 1 Item 11.B.1)|
|Investment Related Dismissal upon Settlement (ADV Part 1 Item 11.H.1.C)|
|Monetary Penalty (ADV Part 1 Item 11.C.5)*|
|Orders Entered (ADV Part 1 Items 11.C.4, 11.D.4)*|
|Registration/License Revocation (ADV Part 1 Items 11.D.5)*|
|Regulation Violations (ADV Part 1 Items 11.C.2, 11.D.2, 11.E.2, 11.H.1.B)*|
"99.2% of all financial advisors barred from the industry have been either a broker or dually registered advisor." (investor.com, dataset source: FINRA, June 2020)
"In a study assessing 7,079 SEC-regulated Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) over a 12 month period, 24.8% of firms offered funds with 12b-1 fees." (investor.com, dataset source: SEC, July 2019 to June 2020)
"In an assessment of 16,500 federal and state Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms, 2,157 (13.1%) have a broker-dealer conflict." (investor.com, dataset source: SEC, July 2020)
"In a study assessing 16,411 Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), total AUM was $51.4 trillion, of which 99.5% is managed by SEC-registered firms." (investor.com, dataset source: SEC, July 2020)
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No. As a consumer advocacy project, we do not charge any licensing fees for earned accolades. Please note: only firms who score at least 85 points or higher (equivalent of at least a 4.5 star rating) earn the Trusted badge.
1. First, we collect all publicly accessible data made available by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).
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.