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Awards Criteria

401(k) Specialist

Nominations are derived from advisor-submitted questionnaires related to plan goals, objectives and the metrics used to evaluate each; documentation habits, knowing  statistics on participation rates, income replacement ratios, and savings; and all tools used to measure the preceding attributes. The selection process includes a background check.


Barron’s list of America’s best financial advisors is organized by state. The rankings are based on data provided by over 4000 of nation’s most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work.


The rankings are based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data for rating thousands of individuals on revenue produced, assets under management, compliance records, and industry experience. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. is not affiliated with Forbes or R.J. Shook Research, OnWallStreet, Technical Analyst, Financial Times, Tip Ranks or other industry news and media publications.

The algorithm for Forbes/SHOOK’s America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors 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. Forbes/SHOOK Research is not affiliated with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

The Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list spotlights over 3,000 top advisors across the country who were nominated by their firms—and then researched, interviewed and assigned a ranking within their respective states.

Financial Times

The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times (September 2018). 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 seven primary areas: DC plan assets under management (AUM), DC AUM growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, compliance record and DC plan participation rate. 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.

Five Star Wealth Management Award

Presented to those how satisfy ten objective eligibility and evaluation criteria associated with outstanding work. Eligibility Criteria (required): Credentialed as an investment advisory representative or a registered investment advisor; actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years; favorable regulatory and complaint history review; fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards; accepting new clients. Evaluation Criteria (considered): One year client retention rate; five year client retention rate; non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; number of client households served; and educational/professional designations.

Long Island Business News

Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for various awards to recognize financial professionals for their outstanding performance as stewards of Long Island’s corporations, government and nonprofit organizations. Eligible professions include accountants, financial advisors, controllers, chief financial officers, and other financial professionals. Nominees should have a proven track record, and will be evaluated on their business accomplishments, mentoring, leadership, community involvement, volunteerism, and dedication to these pursuits over the past year.

On Wall Street

The Regional Advisors Under 40 ranking is based on production only of those advisors that were nominated for inclusion to the On Wall Street annual list.

Tip Ranks

For illustrative purposes only; past performance is not indicative of future results. The information set forth herein has been derived from sources believed to be reliable and does not purport to be a complete analysis of the topic presented and any market segments discussed. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Transacts Business on All Principal Exchanges and Member SIPC.

Trust & Estates Magazine

Nominations are based on various factors, including the novelty of the topic, the feedback we received from readers and the significance of the topic in the current estate-planning environment. We then sent out a survey, asking our subscribers to vote for their favorite articles in each category. We declared the nominees getting the top number of votes in each category as “Distinguished Authors.” In particular, the “Rising Star” category honors a new author to Trusts & Estates who shows the most potential to be a leading individual in the industry.

The Winner’s Circle®

The Winner’s Circle® is an organization independent of the firms involved and does not receive compensation from the over 100 participating firms or its affiliates, financial advisors or the media in exchange for ranking purposes. Each advisor on the annual Research Magazine list was filtered down from a national list from securities firms, banks, independent firms and more. The Winner’s Circle team vetted each Series-7 registered advisor through a host of quantitative and qualitative criteria, including assets managed, revenues, experience levels, acceptable compliance records and U4 forms, discussions with management and more. Because client portfolios vary and are typically unaudited, portfolio performance is not a criteria; instead, The Winner’s Circle focuses on customer satisfaction and client retention. Advisor is ranked on individual assets, or percentage of contribution to team; some individuals on list are not part of teams and assets reflect only their share. Different weightings are assigned to different types of assets. Ranking algorithm includes revenues produced, but is not published.

Smith’s Municipal

The All-Star award program recognizes the work done by municipal professionals from institutions, rating agencies, insurance companies, and commercial banks throughout the year. Nominations to the ballot are made by a committee made up of portfolio managers from ten investment firms. The electronic ballot is sent out to more than one thousand institutional investors of all sizes and types that are in a position to see the work output of nominees done across the entire spectrum of analysis.