PALADIN RESEARCH REPORT FOR:
Firm: Wessel Investment Counsel, L.L.C.
Part I: SnapshotPart I provides a quick summary of this advisor’s credentials, ethical history, and business practices. See additional descriptive information in Parts IV through VIII of this research report.
A. Key Contact Name
- Glenn Wessel
- Years of Experience: 23
- Degrees or Years of College: Northern Illinois University B.S.
- Certifications: CFA®, CPA, CFP®
C. Compliance Record
- No Disclosures
D. Minimum Asset Requirement
E. Types of Client Relationships
Part II: Contact InformationPart II provides general contact information
A. Key Contact
- Glenn Wessel
B. Main Location
22 South Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
- (We're in the historic Jackson Building.)
Part III: InternetYou should use the Internet to conduct your own online research for advisors before you select them:
- Visit firm websites
- Google search names (advisors, firms, owners of firms)
- Check advisor compliance records at FINRA.org
- View firm ADVs at SEC.gov
- View social connections
- Read articles that have been written by this advisor or firm
Tip: The information on the Internet is easy to access, you retain your anonymity while you conduct your research, and you will find information that helps you make the right decisions.
A. Website URL
B. View Articles
Part IV: Firm(s)This part of the research report contains important information that describes an advisor’s relationship to various financial firms.
RIA (Registered Investment Advisor): This type of firm registration permits the advisor to provide financial advice and services for fees.
Broker/Dealer: This type of firm licenses representatives who sell financial products for commissions.
Relationship: The advisor may be an owner, employee, partner, or independent contractor.
Tip: Make sure you know who owns the advisor’s RIA and Broker/Dealer (if applicable). The firm may look independent, but it may be owned by a bank or insurance company. Google the name of the owner to make sure there is no history of financial fraud, misrepresentation, or omission.
A. Name of Firm
- Wessel Investment Counsel, L.L.C.
B. Name of RIA
- Wessel Investment Counsel, L.L.C.
C. Name of Broker/Dealer
- Shareholders Service Group, Inc.
D. Relationship to Firm
- The portfolios we manage are held at Shareholders Service Group, Inc., but we do not represent that firm in any way. As a fiduciary firm, we represent only our clients' interests.
Part V: CredentialsYou want a real expert with documented credentials helping you plan your financial future and invest your assets in the securities markets.
Real experts have valid, documented credentials that include degrees, experience, and high quality certifications.
Paladin Quality Rating: Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets and rates the quality of financial advisors and firms. A 5 Star rating means the advisor or firm scored in the 90th percentile or higher when Paladin rated the quality of their credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.
Experience: Years of experience is the best way for advisors to become real financial experts.
Education: Degrees should be from accredited institutions. Use the Internet to research schools you may not have heard of. Some advisors buy degrees to appear more knowledgeable than they really are.
Certifications: Also called designations, certifications are the best way for advisors to acquire specialized knowledge in shorter time periods. Some certifications are extremely valuable (CFA, CFP, CIMA, CPA). 35% of certifications are fake (Source: Paladin Research).
Associations: Membership in quality associations can also be a source of specialized knowledge if the organizations have continuing education requirements.
Firm Credentials: Some advisors represent firms that employ or license multiple professionals. Some of these professionals may impact your financial results.
Tip: Real experts have good educations, years of experience, and high quality certifications and designations.
A. Paladin Quality Rating
- 5 Stars
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This advisor scored in the 90th percentile or higher (5 Stars) when Paladin's proprietary algorithm rated the quality of his or her credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.
B. Years of Financial Experience
- 23 Years
C. Education, Degrees, Years
- Northern Illinois University - B.S.
D. Current Certifications
- CFA® - Chartered Financial Analyst
- CPA - Certified Public Accountant
- CFP® - Certified Financial Planner
- Validate Advisor Credentials
E. Financial Industry Associations (Active Memberships)
- CFA Institute
- CFP Board of Standards, Inc.
- NC Board of CPA Examiners
F. Firm Credentials
- Number of professionals 3
- Combined years of experience 27
- Combined degrees 3
- Combined certifications 3
Part VI: Registration, Licensing, ComplianceYou want a real financial expert. You also want an expert you can trust.
Registration: Only Registered Investment Advisors (firms) and Investment Advisor Representatives (professionals) can provide financial advice and ongoing services for fees.
Type of Registration: RIAs with less than $100 million of assets register with your state’s Securities Commissioner. RIAs with more than $100 million of assets register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Industry Licenses: These licenses permit advisors to sell investment and insurance products for commissions.
Registration & License Numbers: Use the advisor and firm’s registration and license numbers to check compliance records at: FINRA.org, SEC.gov, your State’s Securities Commissioner, and your State’s Insurance Commissioner.
State Licensing: Make sure the advisor is licensed to sell investment and insurance products in your state. Make sure the advisor is properly licensed before you buy.
Financial Fiduciary: RIAs and IARs are fiduciaries who are held to the highest ethical standards in the financial service industry. Salesmen are held to lower ethical standards that do not require them to put your financial interests first.
Compliance Record (Investment): Does an advisor or firm have disclosures on compliance records that are maintained by FINRA.org, SEC.gov, or your state’s Securities Commissioner?
Compliance Record (Insurance): Does an advisor or firm have disclosures on compliance records that are maintained by your state’s Insurance Commissioner?
Criminal Disclosures: It may be hard to believe, but convicted felons can obtain securities licenses if their crimes were not securities related.
Additional Disclosures: Advisors and firms have the option of providing additional disclosures that are published on their Paladin Research Reports.
ADVs: RIAs file ADVs with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents provide valuable information about advisory firms.
Links: Click on these links to view additional information about advisors and firms on third party websites.
A. RIA/IAR Registration
- RIA and IAR
B. Type of RIA Registration
- State - North Carolina
C. Industry Licenses
D. Registration & License Numbers
- CRD: 1430479
- IARD: None
- Insurance: None
E. State Licences
- Financial Advice, Services for Fees: North Carolina
- North Carolina
- Investment Products for Commission: Not Applicable
- Not Applicable
- Not Applicable
Financial Advice, Services for Fees:
Investment Products for Commission:
F. Compliance Record (Investment)
- No Disclosures
G. Compliance Record (Insurance)
- No Disclosures
H. Criminal Disclosure(s)
I. Additional Disclosure(s)
We represent our clients, not a brokerage firm or an insurance company. As such, we manage financial assets and provide planning advice, but do not... View MoreWe represent our clients, not a brokerage firm or an insurance company. As such, we manage financial assets and provide planning advice, but do not actually sell any financial products and do not accept commissions.
J. View our ADV(s)
Part VII: Business Data & PracticesPart VII describes the advisor’s business and practices. How does the advisor’s business practices compare to other professionals you are considering?
Business Philosophy: Every advisor has a business philosophy. This makes philosophy a differentiating characteristic. Compare philosophies and select the one that has the highest probability of helping you achieve your financial goals.
Minimum Asset Requirement: A high percentage of financial advisors have minimum asset requirements for new clients. Advisors with bigger practices tend to have higher minimums. Advisors with smaller practices tend to have lower minimums. Some advisors will work with anyone who would benefit from their services.
Number of Current Clients: An indicator for the scope of an advisor or firm’s current business.
Assets Under Management or Advisement: An indicator for the scope of an advisor or firm’s current business.
Method(s) of Compensation: A critical variable when you select a financial advisor. Real advisors are compensated with fees. Salesmen are compensated with commissions. Some professionals receive both types of compensation.
Methods of Communication: Traditional advisors will meet face-to-face in your location or their offices. Virtual advisors communicate via email, telephone, or Skype. All Robo advisor communications are online.
Types of Reports: Performance reports are the most important type of documentation. You may also want brokerage statements, market environment reports, and newsletters.
Second Language: It may be important to you that your advisor speaks a second language.
Value Statement: This statement may describe how this advisor or firm produces value that offsets expenses that are deducted from your accounts. The statement may also describe differentiating characteristics.
Tip: Select an advisor or firm that has an investor-friendly business model and practices.
A. Business Philosophy
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The straight scoop: If you're like me, you don't like partial truths, misleading statements, puffery, or anything else that smacks of bias. In that vein, I have taken great pains to create a fully independent investment advisory and financial planning practice that is honest and transparent to its core. If you'll spend a few minutes on our website (button above), I am certain you will find our approach to be straightforward and sincere.
B. Minimum Asset Requirement
C. Number of Current Clients
D. Assets Under Management or Advisement
E. Methods of Compensation
- Hourly Fee
- Fixed Fee
- Asset-Based Fee
F. Methods of Communication
- Face-to-Face Meetings
G. Types of Reports (Frequency)
- Performance (Quarterly)
- Brokerage Statement (Monthly)
- Newsletters (Quarterly)
H. Second Language(s)
I. Value Statement
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Beware of watered-down advisor credentials. The credentials I have took me almost 13 years to acquire. Paladin rates credentials, too, and gives each of my credentials its best rating of 5 stars: CFA - "The most highly regarded credential that is currently available to financial advisors." CFP - "The most highly regarded financial planner designation." CPA - "The most recognized credential in the U.S." I've done my homework.
Part VIII: Clients & ServicesPart VIII provides information about this advisor or firm’s clientele and services.
Types of Clients: Describes the types of clients this advisor or firm works with. You should ask for a breakdown of clients to make sure the advisor works with a lot of clients like you.
Types of Services: Describes the types of services that are provided by this advisor or firm. Make sure the advisor provides the services that you are seeking.
Discretionary Asset Management: Some advisors and firms make investment decisions for clients without the clients’ approval in advance.
Limited Engagement Services: Some advisors provide limited engagement services that do not require assets.
Custodian(s): Financial advisors are not allowed to come in contact with your assets. They use the services of third party or firm custodians to hold your assets for you. Make sure the advisor uses the services of a brand name custodian or a custodian with a long history of providing services to investors with billions of dollars of assets.
Tip: There are five types of financial advice and services: Planning, Investment, Insurance, Tax, and Legal (wills, trusts).
A. Types of Clients
- Individuals & Couples (Working Years)
- Individuals & Couples (Retirement Years)
B. Types of Financial Services
- Planning Advice & Services
- Investment Advice & Services (Fees)
C. Discretionary Asset Management
- Discretionary and Non-Discretionary
D. Limited Engagement Services
- Planning Only
- Financial Plan Reviews
- Investment Portfolio Reviews
- Shareholders Service Group, Inc. / Pershing, LLC
- Although we utilize the services of a custodian to carry our clients' accounts, we are completely independent of our custodian (which is very different from being an independently-run office of that custodian). This arrangement allows us to pursue our clients' interests without interference from an outside party.
Part IX: CertificationCertification: Advisors certify the data in this research report are complete and accurate. Check Most Recent Update to determine the last time this advisor or firm updated this report.
- Glenn Wessel
Most Recent Update:
- Mar 2, 2016