Nancy H. Rick, CFP®, and Amy A. Brandts, CLU®, ChFC®, of Symphony Financial Honored With the 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

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Exclusive recognition of Washington, D.C.,-area wealth managers

Amy and Nancy

We would like to thank all of our clients for the faith and confidence that they have shown in us and look forward to continuing and building on our long-term relationship with them.

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Nancy H. Rick, CFP®, and Amy A. Brandts, CLU®, ChFC®, of Symphony Financial, have been chosen as two of Washington, D.C.’s Five Star Wealth Managers for 2015.

“At Symphony Financial, we appreciate that no two lives are the same and that your financial planning and investment management should be fully in tune with your evolving lifestyle,” says Nancy H. Rick of Symphony Financial. “Other firms may force you into rigid boxes and push cookie-cutter solutions. We never will. Before we advise, we listen — and we never stop listening.”

Five Star Professional partnered with The Washington Post Magazine to recognize a select group of Washington, D.C.,-area wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Nancy H. Rick, CFP®, and Amy A. Brandts, CLU®, ChFC®, are featured, along with other award winners, in a special section of the October issue.

“We would like to thank all of our clients for the faith and confidence that they have shown in us and look forward to continuing and building on our long-term relationship with them,” says Nancy. “With this in mind, we continue to bring in like-minded advisors to our firm, so we can support and extend our client relationships into the next generation.”

The Five Star Wealth Manager award program is the largest and most widely published wealth manager award program in the financial services industry. The award is based on a rigorous, multifaceted research methodology, which incorporates input from peers and firm leaders along with client retention rates, industry experience and a thorough regulatory history review.

“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,” says Jonathan Wesser, Research Director, Five Star Professional.

Nancy H. Rick’s Five Star award profile can be viewed here and Amy A. Brandts’ can be viewed here.

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. 1,837 Washington, D.C., wealth managers were considered for the award; 227 (approximately 13 percent 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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