2020 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors – Shook Research
Del Mar, CA - January, 2020
Carolyn Taylor was nominated for Shook Research’s 2020 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list. She was invited to complete an online survey detailing information about her career, as well as Weatherly as a firm. Carolyn was named 5th out of the 80 named from Southern California. In total, the list showcased over 4,000 wealth managers. The list was published on January 16th, 2020 on Forbes.com at https://www.forbes.com/profile/carolyn-taylor/?list=best-in-state-wealth-advisors/#20c5853043d0
The 2020 Best-In-State ranking is based on firms’ AUM as of 6/30/19 and reflects Weatherly’s AUM of $863,756,581. After a routine internal audit, Weatherly’s corrected AUM as of 6/30/19 was calculated at $853,915,237. Weatherly disclosed this correction to SHOOK but the deadline for incorporating changes to the published list had past.
The 2020 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. The ranking algorithm is designed to fairly compare the business practices of a large group of advisors based on quantitative and qualitative elements. Data are weighted to ensure priorities are given to dynamics such as preferred “best practices”, business models, recent business activity, etc. Each variable is graded and represents a certain value for each measured component. These data are fed into an algorithm that measures thousands of advisors against each other. The algorithm weighted factors including revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those advisors 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. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. In total, 32,000 nominations were received and 7,556 advisors were invited to complete the online survey. Throughout the research process, 11,864 telephone interviews and 2,336 in-person interviews were conducted. The ranking listed over 4,000 advisors, 80 of which were located in Southern California.
Basic Requirements to be considered for the “Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” included:1) 7 years as an advisor; 2) minimum 1 year at current firm 3)advisor must be recommended, and nominated, by Firm, 4) completion of online survey; 5) over 50% of revenue/production must be with individuals; and 6) an acceptable compliance record. In addition to the above basic requirements, advisors were also judged on the following quantitative figures: 1) revenue/production; weightings assigned for each; 2)assets under management—and quality of those assets—both custodied and a scrutinized look at assets held away (although individual numbers are used for ranking purposes, the ranking publishes the entire team’s assets); 3)client-related data (i.e.retention.) NOTE: Portfolio performance was not considered – audited returns among advisors are rare, and differing client objectives provide varying returns. Qualitative considerations examined included but were not limited to: 1) telephone and in-person meetings with advisors; 2) advisors exhibiting “best practices” within their practices and approach to working with clients and 3)advisors that provide a full client experience (factors examined include service model, investing processes, fee structure (higher % of fee-based assets earns more points,) and breadth of services, including extensive use of Firm’s platform and resources; 4)credentials (years of service can serve as proxy); 5) use of team & team dynamics; 6) community involvement; 7)discussions with management, peers, competing peers, and 8)telephone and in-person meetings. Compliance records and U4s were also reviewed in detail as part of the selection process including: 1) infractions denied or closed with no action; 2) complaints that arose from a product, service or advice initiated by a previous advisor or another member or former member of team; 3) length of time since complaint; 4)complaints related to product failure not related to investment advice; 5) complaints that have been settled to appease a client who remained with the advisor for at least one year following settlement date; 6)complaints that were proven to be meritless; and 6) actions taken as a result of administrative error or failure by firm.
Weatherly Asset Management did not pay any fees to SHOOK to be nominated or included in the “Forbes Best-In- State Wealth Advisors” list and Weatherly was not required to advertise in, or subscribe to, Forbes. As of the time of this disclosure, Weatherly did not elect to pay for reprints of the list.
Inclusion in this ranking is not representative of any one client’s experience and is not indicative of Weatherly’s future performance. Weatherly is not aware of any facts that would call into question the validity of the ranking or the appropriateness of advertising the award.
SHOOK is completely independent and objective and does not receive compensation from the advisors, Firms, the media, or any other source in exchange for placement on a ranking. SHOOK is funded through conferences, publications and research partners. Since every investor has unique needs, investors must carefully choose the right Advisor for their own situation and perform their own due diligence. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions for how to choose the right Financial Advisor.
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