Award Criteria

Each third-party award and/or ranking about Hewins or its representatives was given based upon various criteria and methodologies. Awards and/or rankings may not be representative of actual client experiences, and are not indicative of any future performance. Hewins may have paid a fee to be considered for some of the awards/rankings as specifically mentioned in the applicable criteria and methodology disclosures. View detailed criteria for each individual award or ranking below.

Forbes’ Top 50 Wealth Manager Giants, Fastest Growing and Emerging Talent List (April 10, 2013)

RIA Database compiled the Top Advisor lists using data as reported March 31, 2013. The Top Advisor list ranked RIAs (registered investment advisors) based on total assets under management. The Growth list ranked RIAs (registered investment advisors) based on their growth in total assets under management as reported March 31, 2011 through March 31, 2013. The Emerging Advisors list ranked RIAs (registered investment advisors) under $500 million in total assets under based on growth in total assets under management as reported March 31, 2011 through March 31, 2013. Advisors qualified based on quantitative and qualitative factors. RIAs (registered investment advisors) qualified for the list if at least 50% of their clients include high net worth and/or non-high net worth individuals and conduct wealth management services including portfolio management services, asset allocation, manager selection and/or financial planning services. Firms that were dually registered with FINRA as a broker/dealer and firms where their primary business includes managing hedge funds or mutual funds were excluded. Firms affiliated with banks or broker/dealers were included. Firms with no or unreported assets under management as of March 31, 2011 were excluded from the lists.RIA rankings are not indicative of future performance or representative of any client experience.

Financial Advisor‘s Top RIA Award

Financial Advisor magazine’s RIA ranking is based on responses from registered investment advisors who completed an online survey. To be included in the ranking, firms need to be independent RIAs who perform financial planning as part of their business services. Firms are ranked based on the total of their discretionary and nondiscretionary assets reported for the year on their ADV and the percentage growth in assets. RIA rankings are not indicative of future performance or representative of any client experience.

Investment News’s RIA Titans Award

InvestmentNews qualified firms headquartered in the United States based on data reported on Form ADV to the Securities and Exchange Commission as of November 1, 2012. To qualify, a firm must have met the following criteria:

  1. latest ADV filing date is either on or after January 1, 2012
  2. total AUM is at least $100M
  3. no employees are registered representatives of a broker-dealer
  4. provided investment advisory services to clients during its most recently completed fiscal year
  5. no more than 50% of regulatory assets under management is attributable to pooled investment vehicles (other than investment companies)
  6. no more than 25% of regulatory assets under management is attributable to pension and profit-sharing plans (but not the plan participants)
  7. no more than 25% of regulatory assets under management is attributable to corporations or other businesses
  8. does not receive commissions
  9. provides financial planning services
  10. is not actively engaged in business as a broker-dealer (registered or unregistered)
  11. is not actively engaged in business as a registered representative of a broker-dealer
  12. has neither a related person who is a broker-dealer/municipal securities dealer/government securities broker or dealer (registered or unregistered) nor one who is an insurance company or agency.

RIA rankings are not indicative of future performance.

NABCAP Premier Advisor Award

NABCAP Top Wealth Manager recognition was awarded by NABCAP (National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices) and published in the Sept. 21, 2012 edition of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The selection process is based on a proprietary system whose ultimate goal is to provide investors and advisors a trusted standard of excellence to help guide them within the financial services industry. The evaluation process assesses 20 categories of practice management, which include areas such as customer service, risk/investment planning philosophy, credentials, team dynamics and fee/cost structure among other areas. RIA rankings are not indicative of future performance.

Five Star Wealth Manager Award

The Five-Star Wealth Manager ranking was awarded by Twin Cities Business and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. It is based on survey data that assessed client experience in nine areas: customer service, integrity, knowledge/expertise, communication, value for fee charged, meeting of financial objectives, post-sale-service, quality of recommendations and overall satisfaction. Wealth managers with at least five years of experience were considered and reviewed for regulatory actions, civil judicial actions and customer complaints as reported by FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and other regulatory agencies. RIA rankings are not indicative of future performance.

Paladin Registry Ranking

Paladin Disclosure: FADD (Financial Advisor Due Diligence) is the process Investor Watchdog (the accreditation agency used by Paladin) uses to gather information from financial advisors and publish online reports that document their credentials, ethics, business practices, and financial services. Investor Watchdog validates the information advisors submit for their compliance records. Investor Watchdog does not validate the accuracy of other information in the report.