The Five Star Professional Wealth Manager award recognizes professionals who provide quality services to their clients. Less than 18%* of eligible advisors in the New Jersey region are selected. To become a Five Star Wealth Manager, advisors must meet 10 criteria, including educational and professional designations, a minimum of five years in the business, and favorable reviews and standards of practice. Every eligible wealth advisor at RegentAtlantic was awarded this distinction in both 2016 and 2017.
The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not: A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 3,868 New Jersey wealth managers were considered for the award; 664 (18 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2016: 4,143 New Jersey wealth managers were considered for the award; 626 (16 percent of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers. 2015: 26,955 New Jersey wealth managers were considered for the award; 672 (approximately 3 percent of the award candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers. 2014: 3,315 New Jersey wealth managers were considered for the award; 646 (approximately 20 percent of the award candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers. 2013: 4049 New Jersey wealth managers were considered for the award; 733 (approximately 19 percent of the award candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers. 2012: 1312 New Jersey wealth managers were considered for the award, 400 were named Five Star Wealth Managers (approximately 30 percent of the award candidates).