Exceptional Twin Cities Wealth Managers, Joe Yard and Christopher Yard of Integrity Financial Group Earn the 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

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Joe Yard and Christopher Yard accomplished what only a small percentage of wealth managers in the Twin Cities-area have achieved.

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Exceptional Twin Cities Wealth Managers, Joe Yard and Christopher Yard of Integrity Financial Group Earn the 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager Award.

Joe Yard and Christopher Yard, Integrity Financial Group are featured in a special section of the January issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine as 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager award winners.

Five Star Professional partnered with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine to identify and showcase an exclusive group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

“As a CFP, I help pre-retirees and the recently retired develop strategies to achieve their goals. In three decades of service, I have served generations of families. Integrity Financial Group has been a caring guide, removing the burden of retirement and estate planning and asset management so our clients can better enjoy the fruits of their labor,” said Joe Yard of Integrity Financial Group.

The 2017 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.

“It has been a great year for Integrity Financial Group. I have passed my CFP exam and am now one of only 17% of planners to have this designation and of that 17% less than 4% are under the age of 30. Also, Joe Yard has once again made his broker/dealers prestigious "Admirals Club" denoting one of the top 10 advisors at Harbour Investments,” said Christopher Yard.

“Based on our evaluation, the wealth managers we recognize are committed to pursuing professional excellence and have a deep knowledge of their industry. They strive to provide exemplary care to the people they serve,” stated Dan Zdon, CEO, 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.

Eligibility criteria – required: 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 (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 customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] 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 filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. 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 fivestarprofessional.com. 2,304 Twin Cities wealth managers were considered for the award; 836 (37 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers.

Securities and Advisory Services offered through Harbour Investments, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC

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