AEPG Best Financial Advisor and Wealth Manager
AEPG has been widely recognized and honored for our achievements and expertise in financial planning, investment management, wealth management, insurance, risk management, and more. We are frequently named by major industry organizations as a top wealth management firm and financial advisor.
Financial Times Top Financial Retirement Advisers
AEPG was named a top financial adviser in the Financial Times (FT) 401 list of the top Retirement Financial Advisers. The FT 401 aims to provide a list of elite professionals who specialise in advising US employers on their defined contribution plans. The advisers were assessed according to quantifiable data, using the following methodology:
The Financial Times and Ignites Research, the FT’s sister company, contacted large US brokerages, independent advisers and other wealth managers to identify qualified applicants. FT’s research partner, Broadridge Financial Solutions, provided data that helped to identify advisers specialising in serving companies sponsoring DC plans, including 401(k) plans and other DC accounts. Applicants were required to advise on at least $75m in DC plan assets and have at least 20 per cent of their client assets in DC plans. Qualifying advisers completed a questionnaire about the nature of their practice, and included in FT’s research. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. The factors were: DC assets under management (AUM). This signals experience and success in managing money in 401(k) programmes and other DC plans. Growth rate in DC plan business. Measured by changes in both DC plan clients and assets, growth is a proxy for performance, client retention and ability to draw new clients. Specialisation in the DC business. This is measured by what percentage of the overall assets managed by the adviser are in DC plans and how that concentration has changed. Experience advising on DC plans. This tracks years spent managing DC plan assets through different economic and market environments. Industry certifications. These show technical knowledge that is particularly important in the complicated DC plan industry. Compliance record. A string of client complaints can signal potential problems. Among the top factors in FT’s scoring, DC plan assets accounted for roughly 50 to 60 per cent of each adviser’s score on average. Another 15 to 25 per cent of the score derived from the growth in the adviser’s DC business (as measured in both DC assets and number of DC plans being advised). The FT 401 is presented as a list rather than a ranking, because each adviser takes different approaches to their practices and so ranking these advisers from 1 to 401 would be misleading.
Top 50 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers
AEPG Wealth Strategies has been selected by Investment News as one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers in their inaugural best places to work survey for 2018.
InvestmentNews partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying great places to work, to compile the inaugural survey and recognition program. The list is a first of its kind for the financial advice industry.
Companies from across the country entered the two-part process using an extensive workplace assessment process that included an inventory of organizational benefits, policies and offerings but also a detailed survey of employees to determine the Best Places to Work. The overall registration and survey process was managed by Best Companies Group (BCG). BCG also analyzed the data provided and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.
There was no cost associated with participating in the survey to be considered as one of the Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers.
To learn more about the InvestmentNews 2018 50 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers, please go to www.investmentnews.com/BestPlacestoWork.
Best Places to Work in New Jersey
NJBIZ Named AEPG as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in New Jersey, the FIFTH consecutive year.
AEPG® Wealth Strategies was ranked #15 in the 2018 Best Places to Work in New Jersey in the Small Company category. This survey and awards program identifies, recognizes, and honors the top places of employment in New Jersey that benefit the state's economy, workforce, and businesses. The Best Places to Work in New Jersey program is made up of 100 companies split into three groups: 31 small company (15-49 employees), 37 medium-sized companies (50-249 employees) and 32 large-sized companies (more than 250 employees).
Companies from across the state entered the two-part process using a extensive workplace assessment process that included an inventory of organizational benefits, policies, and offerings but also a detailed survey of employees to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey. The overall registration and survey process was managed by Best Companies Group (BCG). BCG also analyzed the data provided and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.
While there is a cost associated with administering the survey to be considered as one of the Best Places to Work, there is no guarantee of inclusion in the list.
For more information on the Best Places to Work in New Jersey program please visit www.njbiz.com/events.
New Jersey Five Star Wealth Managers
Steven Kaye, Peter Needham, Gary Shor, Ray Hawkins, and Pete Hoglund were named New Jersey 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers (NJ Monthly Magazine January 2018).
AEPG's wealth managers have received this award since 2012.
Five Star Professional conducts research to help consumers with the important decision of selecting a service professional. The Five Star award is presented to wealth managers in more than 45 markets in the U.S. and Canada. The Five Star award recognizes service professionals who provide quality services to their clients. Award winners are listed at no cost in a special advertising section within the city/regional magazine and on fivestarprofessional.com.
Medical Economics Best Financial Advisers for Doctors
Steven Kaye was named Best Financial Adviser for Doctors in Medical Economics 2016. Steven Kaye has been included in this report from 2010 through 2016. This paid directory, published by Advanstar Communications Inc., is a yearly feature providing its readers with access to advisers with special experience in meeting the unique financial goals and challenges of doctors. All applications for a paid listing in the Best Financial Advisers Guide for Doctors are subject to review based on the following criteria: Knowledge and Experience (minimum of 10 years), member in good standing of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Assets Managed, Fee Arrangements, and Minimum Portfolio requirements.
Top RIAs – Financial Advisor Magazine
AEPG Wealth Strategies Named in 2018 Top RIAs by Financial Advisor Magazine, July 2018.
This annual ranking is based on the percentage of growth in assets under management from the previous year. AEPG has received this recognition since 2011, and did not pay to apply or be included on the list. In 2018, AEPG® Wealth Strategies ranked #300 overall and 25th by assets under management in the Asset Category: $500 Million to < $1Billion reported as Assets Under Management on form ADV.
Financial Advisor Magazine 2011 -2018.
Best Financial Advisors for Dentists
Steven Kaye was named in Best Financial Advisers for Dentists 2016, Dental Products Report in June 2016. Steven Kaye has been included in this report from 2011 through 2016 when it was discontinued.
This paid directory, published by Advanstar Communications Inc., is a yearly feature providing its readers with access to advisers with special experience in meeting the unique financial goals and challenges of dentists.
All applications for a paid listing in the Best Financial Advisers Guide for Dentists are subject to review based on the following criteria: Knowledge and Experience (minimum of 10 years), member in good standing of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Assets Managed, Fee Arrangements and Minimum Portfolio requirements.
InvestmentNews Best Practices Award
AEPG Wealth Strategies was chosen to receive the Best Practices Award from InvestmentNews on October 15, 2014.
From more than 300 financial advisory firms, a dozen were chosen to receive Best Practices awards from InvestmentNews for being among the fastest-growing, most productive, and profitable businesses in the industry. The firms were named top performers based on financial parameters that illustrate growth and adviser profitability, including profit margin, pretax income per owner, and revenue per professional. All winners participated in the InvestmentNews 2014 Financial Performance Study of Advisory Firms and no fees were paid to participate.
NJBiz Healthcare Heroes
Steven Kaye, President & Founder of AEPG Wealth Strategies was named a finalist for NJBiz Healthcare Heroes Volunteers of the Year.
An independent panel of judges evaluated the nominations and selected finalists in each of the categories. No fees were paid to be considered for this award.
Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors
Barron's has ranked Steven W. Kaye #26 in the State of New Jersey for Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors.
The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation's most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work. Investment performance isn't an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment-picking abilities. No fees were paid to participate in this listing.
Top 25 Defined-Contribution Plan Administrators
NJBiz has named AEPG Wealth Strategies one of the Top 25 Defined-Contribution Plan Administrators for 2013 to 2015. No fees were paid to be included in this listing.
Plan Adviser’s Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
Steven Kaye was named in planadviser’s 2018 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers. The PLANADVISER Top 100 Advisers is an annual listing of the retirement plan advisers and adviser teams that stand out in the industry in terms of a series of quantitative measures. These include the dollar value of employer-sponsored retirement plan assets under administration (AUA), as well as the number of plans under advisement. To be considered for this list, advisers had to either submit information and references or be nominated. No fees were paid to participate in the listing.
There are many different awards presented in the financial advisor industry. AEPG is fortunate to have been recognized by many of the top industry publications. While we are flattered with this honor, it is important to note these awards are not based on statements of any specific client experience or survey of any group of clients. These awards are also not a representation of AEPG’s past or future investment performance capabilities. If you have any questions on the criteria used for the rankings, please contact us.