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1The Forbes ranking of Best‐In‐State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an
algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in‐person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations, more than 5,000 advisors received
the award. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best‐in‐state‐wealth‐advisors for more info.
2The Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites
Research, a division of Money‐Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times (April 2020). To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 10 years of experience and at least $300 million in assets under management (AUM) and no more than 60% of the AUM with institutional clients. The FT reaches out to some of the largest brokerages in the U.S. and asks them to provide a list of advisors who meet the
minimum criteria outlined above. These advisors are then invited to apply for the ranking. Only advisors who submit an online application can be considered for the ranking. In 2020, roughly 1,040 applications were received and 400 were selected to the final list (38.5%). The 400 qualified advisers were then
scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance record, years of experience, industry certifications, and online accessibility. AUM is the top factor, accounting for roughly 60‐70 percent of the applicant’s score. Additionally, to provide a diversity of advisors, the FT placed a cap on the number of advisors from any one state that’s roughly correlated to the distribution of millionaires across the U.S.
3The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to the percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to
2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 21, 2012. They had to be U.S.‐based, privately held, for profit, and independent‐ not subsidiaries or divisions of the other companies‐ as of December 21, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone
public or been acquired). The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.