Disclosures related to recognitions given to Birch Hill Investment Advisors LLC, Birch Hill Principals, & Birch Hill Employees
Recognitions and rankings from rating services or publications are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results. Such recognitions should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Recognitions may be based on information prepared and submitted by the advisor and not all advisors may elect to participate in the process. Criteria used in making these rankings are included below.
Invest In Others Awards
The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors and financial services firms in communities across the country and around the world. Advisors are nominated by their peers for actively giving back to non-profits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. There are five award categories for advisors and two for financial services companies. Invest in Others received hundreds of nominations this year and finalists were selected based on their leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a non-profit and the community it serves. Nominations were blindly reviewed by a diverse panel of judges representing industry associations and national media outlets. The inspiration for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation came directly from the financial advisors who invest in others by giving back to their communities with overwhelming generosity and dedication. Since its founding in 2006, Invest in Others has amplified these efforts by providing a platform for advisors to increase awareness, visibility, and funding to their favorite non-profits.
2017 Financial Times’ 300 Top US Registered Investment Advisers
In 2017, the Financial Times published its fourth edition of the FT 300, which assesses registered investment advisers (RIAs) on desirable traits for investors. To ensure a list of established companies with substantial expertise, the FT 300 examined the database of RIAs registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and identified more than 2,000 RIAs with over $300m in assets under management (AUM). Of these firms, 725 applied for this recognition, and 300 were selected. The Financial Times’ methodology is quantifiable and objective. The RIAs had no subjective input. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, asset growth, the company’s age, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record and online accessibility. AUM comprised roughly 65 to 70 per cent of each adviser’s score, while asset growth accounted for an additional 15 to 20 per cent. The FT caps the number of companies from any one state. The cap is roughly based on the distribution of millionaires across the US. The research was conducted on behalf of the Financial Times by Ignites Research, a Financial Times sister publication. The Financial Times is an English-language international daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news. In 2011, PwC estimated that the Financial Times had an average daily readership of 2.2 million people worldwide, and FT.com was estimated to have 4.5 million registered users.
AdvisoryHQ’s “2017 Top 10 Best Financial Advisors in Boston, MA”
AdvisoryHQ was launched in 2015 and is a review and ranking media for the financial advisory, investment, and wealth management sectors. AdvisoryHQ uses a “Top-Down Advisor Selection Methodology” based on a wide range of filters including fiduciary duty, independence, transparency, level of customized service, history of innovation, fee structure, quality of services provided, team excellence, and wealth of experience. AdvisoryHQ’s review and ranking articles are independently researched and written. Using publicly available sources, AdvisoryHQ identified a wide range of financial advisors, registered investment managers, wealth managers, and financial planners that provide services in the Greater Boston area. After developing a comprehensive list of firms, the AdvisoryHQ review team applied initial methodology filters to narrow down the list. The initial filters include fee structure (fee-only vs. fee-based vs. commission-based structures), fiduciary duty, independence (a situation that minimizes conflict of interest issues) and scale of innovation (the degree to which advisors are constantly improving their services and business practices). Following the initial filtering process, AdvisoryHQ’s review team then conducted a deep-dive assessment of the remaining advisors to select the final list of top-ranking advisors, planners and wealth managers. When performing their deep-dive assessment and due diligence, the team applied the following selection filters: Resource availability (including the advisor to client ratio); Experience level; Transparency; Customized Services; Quality of Advisor’s website; Open door policy (i.e. firms that encourage clients to ask questions); and Audience (with a focus on those advisors and wealth managers who cater to and work with individuals and families).
Lipper Fund Awards
Every year, the Lipper Fund Awards honors funds and fund management firms that have excelled in consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers in 17 countries across the globe. Lipper believes their proprietary methodology produces objective performance-based results. Award-winning funds are selected in most individual classifications for the three-, five-, and ten-year periods and fund families with high average scores for the three-year time period. The top three-year classification and fund family winners receive trophies at the ceremonies. Tim Malloy co-managed the John Hancock Global Opportunities Fund in 2011 when it won this award.
Boston Magazine’s “Boston 2017 FIVE STAR Wealth Managers”
Boston Magazine partnered with Five Star Professional, an independent research firm, to identify a select group of wealth managers in the Boston area. Candidates are identified by one of three sources: firm nomination, peer nomination or pre-qualification based on industry standing. Candidates are identified using internal and external research data. In 2017, award candidates are required to satisfy five objective eligibility criteria including: credentials as an investment advisory representative or a registered investment advisor, a minimum of 5 years of experience, favorable regulatory and compliant history review, a fulfilled firm review, and accepting new clients. Consideration was also given to one- and five-year client retention rates, client assets administered, number of client households served, and educational and professional designations. Approximately, 26% of those considered for the award received it. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Please note the award is not indicative of future performance and provides no guarantee of future investment success.
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