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Michael T. Cice, CRPC®, RFC®, and Grant Holdren, CFP®, CFP® win 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager Awards

| February 05, 2019
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Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Michael T. Cice, CRPC®, RFC®, and Grant Holdren, CFP®, CLU®, of Allied Financial Consultants, LLP, have been chosen as Philadelphia’s Five Star Wealth Managers for 2018.

Michael T. Cice, CRPC®, RFC®, and Grant Holdren, CFP®, CLU ® are featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and Philadelphia magazine as 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award winners.

By earning this honor, Michael T. Cice, CRPC®, RFC®, and Grant Holdren, CFP®, have shown an outstanding commitment to clients. At Allied Financial Consultants, LLP, we do more than just investment planning. We are a one-stop financial center, delivering customized programs that are designed to help grow, protect, and conserve our clients’ wealth.

The 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award winners have been carefully selected for their commitment to providing quality services to their clients. The award is based on an in-depth research process incorporating peer and firm feedback with objective criteria such as client retention rates, client assets administered, industry experience and regulatory and complaint history.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award is based on objective research criteria. Five Star Professional’s research team evaluates candidates from across major markets annually on ten criteria associated with outstanding service. Each of our award winners has shown a commitment to clients, strong industry credentials and has been evaluated on the quality of his or her practice.  Michael T. Cice, CRPC®, RFC®, and Grant Holdren, CFP® have met these criteria and has been honored with the 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future.

For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to 3,721 Philadelphia area wealth managers were considered for the award; 439 (12 percent of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2017: 3,022 considered, 437 winners; 2016: 2,671 considered, 660 winners; 2015: 4,696 considered, 805 winners; 2014: 4,438 considered, 856 winners; 2013: 3,354 considered, 934 winners; 2012: 2,847 considered, 773 winners.

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC and Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Allied Financial Consultants, LLP, Gilbert, Wilson & Hunter, LLP and Cambridge are not affiliated. Allied Financial Consultants, LLP provides financial planning services. Gilbert, Wilson & Hunter, LLP is a public accounting firm. Cambridge does not provide tax advice.

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