Cetera Congratulates Financial Times’ Top 401 Retirement Advisors Honorees10/10/2019


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Financial Times recently announced its 2019 list of Top Retirement Advisors, and we would like to take a moment to congratulate the Cetera honorees among the elite professionals who specialize in advising on defined contribution (DC) plans. Congratulations to:

  • John Masterson, Lakeside Wealth Management affiliated with First Allied Securities
  • Timothy Rice, Lakeside Wealth Management affiliated with First Allied Securities
  • Timothy Verschure, Lakeside Wealth Management affiliated with First Allied Securities
  • Stephen Oliver, Manhattan Ridge Advisors affiliated with First Allied Securities
  • Jay Laschinger, Alliant Retirement Services affiliated with Cetera Advisor Networks
  • Richard Moore, CCR Wealth Management, LLC affiliated with Cetera Advisors
  • Gregory Leone, Georgetown Financial Group affiliated with Cetera Advisor Networks
  • Andy Bush, Horizon Financial Group affiliated with Cetera Advisors
  • Bruce Vaughn, VLP Financial Advisors affiliated with Cetera Advisor Network

Financial advisers from across the U.S. applied for consideration, having met a set minimum of requirements. The applicants were then graded on six criteria: DC assets under management (AUM); DC AUM growth rate; specialization in DC plans; years of experience; advanced industry credentials; and compliance record. There are no fees or other considerations required of advisers who apply for the FT 401.

The final FT 401 represents an impressive cohort of elite advisers: the “average” adviser in this year’s FT 401 has over 22 years of experience advising DC plans and manages $1.6 billion in DC plan assets. The FT 401 advisers hail from 40 states and Washington, D.C., and DC plans on average account for 84% of their total assets under management.

Jon Anderson, Head of Retirement Plan Solutions at Cetera said, “We are proud to support our retirement plan focused advisors and congratulate them and all top advisors recognized by the Financial Times. A retirement plan is the major savings vehicle for so many hard-working Americans today. These advisors are passionate about helping business owners and enhancing the financial well-being for their workers and families. We at Cetera are committed to working together with all of our advisors to ensure more Americans have access to professional guidance and advice when planning for their financial futures.”

Those included in the list were selected using a proprietary methodology, which included DC assets under management, growth in DC plans, specialization in the DC business, years of experience, participation rate in DC plans, industry certifications, and compliance record.

To learn more about this special report and to see the full list, go to the Financial Times’ website.

The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times (October 2019). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in six primary areas: DC plan assets under management (AUM), DC AUM growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials and compliance record. This honor is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401. Listing in this publication and/or award is not a guarantee of future investment success. This recognition should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client.


About Cetera Financial Group®

Cetera Financial Group (Cetera) is a leading financial advice firm. It empowers the delivery of an Advice-Centric Experience® to individuals, families and businesses across the country through independent financial advisors as well as trusted tax professionals and banks and credit unions. It’s headquartered at 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 1200 El Segundo, CA 90245-5670.

Comprehensive services include: wealth management solutions, retirement plan solutions, advisory services, practice management support, innovative technology, marketing guidance, regulatory support, and market research.

"Cetera Financial Group" refers to the network of independent retail firms encompassing, among others, Cetera Advisors LLC, Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Cetera Investment Services LLC (marketed as Cetera Financial Institutions or Cetera Investors), Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, and First Allied Securities, Inc. All firms are members FINRA / SIPC.

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