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Choosing an Investment Professional

Use               guide to Choosing an Investment Professional to find the right professional for the help you seek.

  • Registered Financial Professionals
  • Investment Advisers
  • Financial Planners
  • Insurance Agents
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers

Connecting You to Your Investments:

Investing Client

Invest with confidence, knowing that multiple entities are working toward protecting your financial assets. 

You have the freedom to choose to interact with your financial professional through a fee based or commission relationship, or both, based on your financial needs.

Financial Professional

A registered representative is licensed to sell securities, provides financial guidance to their clients and is typically paid a commission when you purchase a financial product.

 

An Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) provides financial guidance to their clients and is generally paid a fee for either managing assets, giving advice, or both. 

Investment Firm

A broker-dealer facilitates the buying and selling of securities on behalf of the registered representative licensed with the firm and holds responsibility for regulatory compliance and adherence to securities laws.

 

A Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) processes the fee-based business of IARs licensed with the firm and holds responsibility for regulatory compliance and adherence to securities laws.

Custodian and Clearing Firms

Custodian and Clearing Firms provide the trade execution, clearing, custody and other services for securities and related transactions.

An independent broker-dealer can choose a non-affiliated clearing firm to provide the trade execution, clearing, custody and other related services for clients of their financial professionals. A clearing firm may also be a registered broker-dealer. Clearing relationships are typical throughout the industry and allow your financial professional to focus on helping you achieve your investment goals while taking advantage of the clearing firm's safeguards for the physical protection of your assets.

Regulators

 

The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is an agency of the U.S. government that oversees the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which in turn oversees broker-dealers, clearing firms, and your financial professional. Both the SEC and FINRA require members to comply with various rules intended to regulate and oversee the operation of financial markets and the sales practices of financial professionals. Regulators aren't associated with, and do not endorse Cambridge. You can review the regulatory standing of Cambridge and each associated financial professional by visiting FINRA's BrokerCheck.

About Christian Stearns:

Certified Financial Planner ™️,

Sustainable Investment Advocate & Author

Christian is committed to helping his clients pursue their financial goals and lifetime dreams by bringing sound financial knowledge and trustworthy advice to a lasting relationship with each individual, family and business he serves.

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Registered Representative Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Cambridge and Conte Wealth Advisors are not affiliated.

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