Barron's Top Advisors by State (2018, 2017 & 2016)

Barron’s considers assets under management, revenue produced, regulatory record, and quality of practice when compiling its ranking. In evaluating advisors they examine internal company documents, and 100 plus points of data provided by the advisors themselves. The list is published online at:

Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors (2018, 2017, 2016, & 2015)

The national ranking by Barron’s reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors' practices.


Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors (2018, 2012, 2011, & 2010)

Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisorsranks advisors based on data provided by individual advisors and their firms. Advisor data is confirmed via regulatory databases, cross-checks with securities firms, and conversations with individual advisors. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisor is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced, and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The scoring system assigns a top score of 100 and rates the rest by comparing them with the winner. The quality-of-practice components includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record.

Top 10 Women-Owned RIAs (2016, 2015, 2014, & 2013)’s list was assembled by Meridian IQ and data from SEC filings. Advisors were ranked by their total assets under management. Women advisors were also required to directly own at least 25 percent of the firm; have at least some individual clients for whom they do financial planning, and no more than 50 percent institutional clients. Additionally, none of the RIAs on the list operates a broker/dealer, a bank, or is affiliated with an investment company.

The Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisors (2014)

The Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisorsis an independent listing produced by the Financial Times. The FT 100 is based on data gathered from firms, regulatory disclosures and the FT’s research. According to the FT, the listing reflected each advisor’s performance in six primary areas, including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, years in existence, credentials and accessibility.


The Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors (2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014)

The Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times. The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. As identified by the FT, the listing reflected each practice’s performance in six primary areas, including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, years in existence, credentials and accessibility. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 300.

Top 15 Fee-Only RIAs – Investment News Magazine (2017)

Investment News qualified 1,778 firms headquartered in the United States based on data reported on the form ADV to the securities and exchange commission as of November 1, 2016. The following criteria was included: 1)Latest ADV filing date on or after January 1, 2016 2) AUM exceeding $100 million 3) No employees registered as a broker dealer 4) Must have provided investment advisory services to clients 5) Assets attributable to pooled investment vehicles ≤50% 6) Assets attributable to pension and profit sharing plans ≤25% 7) Assets attributable to corporations/businesses ≤25% 8) Must offer financial planning services 9) May not serve as registered representative of a broker dealer, or have a related person who is a broker dealer/municipal securities dealer, government securities broker nor insurance company/agency. The firms were sorted based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Census Regions and then ranked. The South Region includes the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please see


CNBC Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Managers (2015 & 2014) 

CNBC and Meridian-IQ created a proprietary methodology for its Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms rankings. Scores for each of the following measures were weighted according to a proprietary formula to arrive at a final total rank: assets under management, having staff with professional designations such as a CFP® or CFA, working with third-party professionals such as attorneys or CPAs, average account size, client segmentation, growth of assets, years in business, number of advisory clients and providing advice on insurance solutions.

The Top 100 Wealth Managers (2016 & 2015) list was developed and published by Forbes, an independent publisher unaffiliated with Buckingham Asset Management, LLC (“Buckingham”). Data for the list was compiled by RIA Database. Candidate firms for the list qualified based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, including the amount of assets under management by the wealth manager.

PSN Top Gun Decade Award (2010)

The peer group of All-Cap Core Equity Managers was created using information collected through the PSN investment manager questionnaire. The returns used in determining the ranking do not reflect the deduction of investment management fees. In the event net of fee returns had been used, the rankings may have come out differently. The All-Cap Core Equity peer group includes domestic equity investment products for which managers responding to the PSN manager questionnaire selected “core” as the primary equity style and “All-Cap” or “no primary capitalization” as their primary capitalization range. REIT and convertible products are excluded. Mutual fund and commingled fund products are not included in the universe. The peer group of All-Cap Core Equity Managers who reported to the PSN database for consideration in the ten year ranking is comprised of 53 managers and 65 investment products. Investment products must have an R-Squared of 0.80 or greater relative to the style benchmark (S&P 500 Index) for the latest ten year period and also standard deviation (measure of volatility) less than the style benchmark for the latest ten year period. At this point, the top ten performers for the latest 10 year period become the PSN Top Guns of the Decade. “R-Squared” is a statistical measure that represents the percentage of an investment product’s movements that can be explained by movements in the style benchmark. PSN database information is intended for use by qualified investment professionals. Please consult with an investment professional before making any investment using content or implied content from the “Top Guns of the Decade” ranking. Past performance is not indicative of future results. There is a possibility of loss.

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