Nearly 5,000 voters in this annual balloting confirmed their choices of affiliation by giving high ratings to their own independent B/Ds. In voting overseen each year since 1991 by Investment Advisor's editorial staff, credentialed voters are asked to rate their own broker/dealers in 15 different categories; those B/Ds that receive the highest average rating from their reps are named Broker/Dealers of the Year in four divisions based on their number of producing reps.
In addition, the leaders of the four winning B/Ds constitute a special broker/dealer advisory board at Investment Advisor for the year and are featured in an extensive cover story in the September issue of the magazine, which in 2010 marks its 30th year of publication.
The 2010 Broker/Dealers of the year are:
Division IV (more than 1,000 representatives): Cambridge Investment Research. Led by Chairman Eric Schwartz, Cambridge prevailed in the largest division, which it last won in 2008, by scoring particularly high ratings among its advisors for its communication with the home office, management and its product list.
Division III (500 to 999 reps): The Capital Financial Group/H. Beck. Led by president and CEO Eric G. Meyers, Capital Financial/H. Beck returns to the winner's circle in 2010; it last won in 2007. This year, its representatives lauded the firm for its commissions, communication with the home office and its product list.
Division II (200 to 499 reps): Geneos Wealth Management. Led by President Russell Diachok and founded in 2002, Geneos is a three-time winner. Its reps lauded the firm for its back office support, technology support and communication with the home office.
Division I (up to 199 representatives): Prospera Financial. Led by President David Stringer, Prospera won for the second year in a row. It scored high marks across the board from its voting reps, but especially for its compliance, due diligence and back office support.