Five Star Professional Honors Joseph D. Longo of Financial Solutions of Michigan with the 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

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Award winners represent a select group of wealth managers in the Detroit area.

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I would like to thank my clients for giving me the opportunity, throughout the years, to help them and their friends with their financial objectives.

J oseph D. Longo, Financial Solutions of Michigan, is featured in the September 12th issue of The Wall Street Journal as a 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner.

Five Star Professional partnered with The Wall Street Journal to identify and showcase an exclusive group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

“I would like to thank my clients for giving me the opportunity, throughout the years, to help them and their friends with their financial objectives,” says Joseph D. Longo of Financial Solutions of Michigan.

The 2016 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.

“This relationship has been most rewarding as we now work with 2nd & 3rd generation families,“ says Joseph. “Again, thank you for your business and trust.”

“The research behind this award is extensive with each wealth manager being thoroughly vetted from numerous angles. We are proud to showcase these distinguished professionals,” states Jonathan Wesser, Research Director, Five Star Professional.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (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*); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 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 awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. 1,961 Detroit wealth managers were considered for the award; 630 (33% of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers.

*To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history, the person cannot have: 1. been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a suspended or revoked license, or payment of a fine, 2. had more than three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, 3. individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, 4. filed for bankruptcy, or 5. been convicted of a felony.

For research methodology information, visit http://www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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