300 Top Registered Investment Advisers
In June 2014, the Financial Times recognized West Financial Services as one of the 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers* in the U.S.
*Financial Times: Top 300 Registered Investment Advisers
The Financial Times Top 300 (“FT 300”) Registered Investment Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times. FT 300 assesses registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) on desirable traits for investors. To ensure a list of established companies with substantial expertise, they examine the database of RIAs registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and select those that reported to the SEC that they had $300 million or more in assets under management (“AUM”). The Financial Times invited qualifying RIA companies — more than 2,000 — to complete a lengthy application. Some 725 RIA companies applied and 300 made the final list. The formula the Financial Times uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, asset growth, the company’s age, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record and online accessibility. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to the Financial Times for inclusion in the FT 300.