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Rankings & Awards
Barron's - 2020 Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors and Top 1200 Advisors by State
Stack Financial Management was named to the Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors list in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The selection methodology described below is for 2020.
Barron’s is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. Stack Financial Management Inc. (SFM) is not affiliated with Barron’s or Dow Jones & Company, L.P. “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” and “Top 1200 Advisors by State” bases the rankings upon data provided by individual advisors and their firms, including submissions by SFM. Barron’s confirms that data via regulatory databases, crosschecks with securities firms, and conversations with individual advisors. SFM applied for consideration, and the result was independently granted.
As of 2020, advisors who wish to be ranked fill out a 102-question survey about their practice. Barron’s verifies that data with the advisors’ firms and with regulatory databases and then applies its rankings formula to the data to generate the rankings. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced, and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. In addition, Barron’s also considers a wide range of qualitative factors, including the advisors’ experience, their advanced degrees and industry designations, the size and shape of their teams, their charitable and philanthropic work, and compliance records. SFM is unaware, nor has Barron’s published, the number of nominees considered for the award rankings. In 2020 James Stack of SFM was ranked at 38 out of a total 100 on the “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” publication.
Barron’s does not require membership or payment in order for award participants and/or applicants to be considered for an award designations. Moreover, neither SFM nor any other participating advisors paid a fee to be eligible for the “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” and “Top 1200 Advisors by State.” However, SFM may pay a fee in exchange for plaques, logo licensing, a web link, or article reprints commemorating the designation. SFM would pay this fee only after receiving the designation and not as a condition precedent to receiving it. The fact that SFM pays any fee with respect to its receipt of the designation should be considered if such designation is a factor in a client’s or prospective client’s evaluation of whether to initially engage or continue to engage SFM for investment advisory services. Barron’s-ranked advisors may pay Barron’s a separate fee for special advertising to publish a Barron’s-ranked advisor’s contact information including applicable phone numbers, email addresses, and website addresses. This publication option is offered on an annual basis and is limited to Barron’s-ranked advisors for that respective year. It should be noted that this type of payment creates an inherent conflict of interest because it provides the awarding entity with a monetary incentive to grant such ranking, recognition, or designation to participating advisors that submit such forms of consideration. After receiving the respective award designations, SFM did not pay a separate fee to Barron’s in exchange for publication of this information.
Barron’s does not publish, nor is SFM aware of the percentage of other advisors that received the applicable rankings. SFM is unaware of any undisclosed facts that could potentially invalidate the appropriateness of the rankings. By virtue of disclosing these rankings, SFM is disclosing favorable ratings (to the extent that Mr. Stack is ranked above other advisors) and unfavorable ratings (to the extent that Mr. Stack is ranked below other advisors). By considering the compliance record, eligibility to appear on the rankings seeks to ensure that a participating advisor has an established and significant history and record free from regulatory sanctions. The rankings are not representative of any one client’s experience because of the way in which they are calculated. Inclusion on the above lists is absolutely not indicative of SFM’s future performance, or any future performance pertaining to its clients’ investments; should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if SFM is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services; and should not be construed as a current or past endorsement of SFM by any of its clients.
Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors List: https://www.barrons.com/report/top-financial-advisors/100/2020
Barron’s Top 1200 Advisors by State List: https://www.barrons.com/report/top-financial-advisors/1000/2020
Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors & Top 1200 Advisors by State Methodology:
Forbes - 2020 America's Top Wealth Advisors and Best-In-State Wealth Advisors
Forbes is a registered mark of Forbes LLC. Stack Financial Management Inc. (SFM) is not affiliated with Forbes. Data for the Forbes “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” and “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” is developed by SHOOK Research. Each advisor considered for the awards was nominated by their respective firm, then vetted and ranked by SHOOK Research. James Stack applied for consideration, and the result was independently granted. The Forbes “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” and “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” rankings are based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. An advisor would meet basic requirements for consideration based on having a minimum of seven years experience, a minimum of one year at the current firm (with exceptions based on acquisitions, etc.), being nominated and recommended by a firm, completion of an online survey, over 50% of revenue/production must be with individuals, and an acceptable compliance record. The algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance record, industry experience, and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data.
In developing its applicant pool, SHOOK sets thresholds to limit nominations for consideration. For “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” as of September 2020, Forbes and SHOOK received 32,325 nominations (based on SHOOK thresholds), invited 15,577 candidates to complete the online survey, conducted 12,456 telephone interviews, and conducted 2,646 in-person interviews at the Advisors’ location. Forbes recognized a total of 250 wealth advisors in 2020, in which James Stack was ranked #117.
For “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” as of January 2020, Forbes and SHOOK received nearly 32,000 nominations (based on SHOOK thresholds), invited 7,556 candidates to complete the online survey, conducted 11,864 telephone interviews, and conducted 2,336 in-person interviews at the Advisor’s location. Forbes recognized more than 4,000 top advisors in 2020, in which James Stack was ranked #1 in Montana.
Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee or require membership in exchange for rankings. Accordingly, neither SFM, James Stack, nor any other participating advisors paid a fee to be eligible for the respective rankings. Based on its stated methodology, SHOOK does not name advisors if the ratings are not statistically valid; and there are no facts that would call into question the validity of the inclusion on the “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” or “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” rankings or the appropriateness of SFM advertising the same. By considering the compliance record, eligibility to appear on the rankings seeks to ensure that a participating advisor has an established and significant history and record free from regulatory sanctions. SFM is unaware of any undisclosed facts that could potentially invalidate the appropriateness of the above rankings. By virtue of disclosing the rankings, SFM is disclosing favorable ratings (to the extent that Mr. Stack is ranked above other advisors) and unfavorable ratings (to the extent that Mr. Stack is ranked below other advisors). The rankings may not be representative of any one client’s experience because of the way in which it is calculated. The rankings are absolutely not indicative of SFM’s and its advisors’ future performance, or any future performance pertaining to its clients’ investments, nor should they be construed as a current or past endorsement by any of its clients.
America’s Top Wealth Advisors List: https://www.forbes.com/top-wealth-advisors/#41682e031a14
America’s Top Wealth Advisors Methodology: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2020/08/25/methodology-americas-top-wealth-advisors-2020/#688664cc67cb
Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List: https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors/#37a17983291d
Best-In-State Wealth Advisors Methodology: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2020/01/16/forbes-best-in-state-wealth-advisors-methodology-2020/#a81daa8fedca