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Paladin Research Report For:

Anthony Watson

Thrive Retirement Specialists

Anthony Watson, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021. Anthony is the owner of Thrive Retirement Specialists. Anthony holds the Chartered Financial Analyst , Certified Financial Planner certifications and has over 25 years of experience. Anthony provides financial services to clients in the Dearborn, Michigan area.

I.
Snapshot

Part 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. Registry Member
  • Since 2021
B. Years of Experience
  • 25
C. College Degrees
  • MBA - 04/01/2006
  • BBA - 04/01/1997
D. Certifications
  • CFA®, CFP®
E. Financial Fiduciary
  • Yes
F. Business Philosophy
  • Read Business Philosophy

    Thrive Retirement Specialists is a retirement planning and investment management specialist dedicated to delivering a more thoughtful and strategic approach to retirement planning for those nearing or in retirement. The wealth management industry is full of conflict of interest and inexperienced advisers that often leave people in sub-optimal retirement situations. Thrive Retirement Specialists exists to do better. We offer a single, flat-fee service entitled ThriveRetireTM that goes far beyond what has traditionally been known as retirement planning. ThriveRetireTM is an engaging ongoing 8-step retirement planning process and investment management service that seeks to drive value through four main pillars: 1). Optimized decision making and asset usage, 2). Rules-based (or Dynamic) withdrawal strategies, 3). Tax-efficient withdrawal coordination and asset management, and 4). Low-cost index investing. With every interaction, we seek to inform and serve.

G. Asset Requirement
  • $500,000

II.
Contact Information

Part II provides general contact information

A. Main Location
  • 3319 Greenfield #148
    Dearborn, Michigan, 48120
B. Additional Locations
  • Dearborn, Michigan
C. Telephone
  • 313-879-2019

III.
Internet

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  • 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. Visit Website
B. Social Connections

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
  • Thrive Retirement Specialists
B. Relationship to Firm
  • Owner
C. Name of RIA
  • Thrive Retirement Specialists
D. Name of Broker/Dealer
  • None
E. Name(s) of Custodian(s)
  • TD Ameritrade

V.
Credentials

You 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. Years of Financial Experience
  • 25 Years
B. College, Degrees, Years
  • MBA - 04/01/2006
  • BBA - 04/01/1997
D. Financial Industry Associations (Active Memberships)
  • XY Planning Network
  • The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
  • Fee Only Network

VI.
Registration, Licensing,
Compliance

You 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
B. Type of RIA Registration
  • State - Michigan
C. Registration & License Numbers
  • CRD: 5682762
  • IARD: None
  • Insurance: None
D. State Licences
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: Not Applicable
E. Compliance Record (Investment)
  • No Disclosures
F. Compliance Record (Insurance)
  • No Disclosures
G. View our ADV(s)
H. Links

VII.
Business Data & Practices

Part 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
  • Read Business Philosophy

    Thrive Retirement Specialists is a retirement planning and investment management specialist dedicated to delivering a more thoughtful and strategic approach to retirement planning for those nearing or in retirement. The wealth management industry is full of conflict of interest and inexperienced advisers that often leave people in sub-optimal retirement situations. Thrive Retirement Specialists exists to do better. We offer a single, flat-fee service entitled ThriveRetireTM that goes far beyond what has traditionally been known as retirement planning. ThriveRetireTM is an engaging ongoing 8-step retirement planning process and investment management service that seeks to drive value through four main pillars: 1). Optimized decision making and asset usage, 2). Rules-based (or Dynamic) withdrawal strategies, 3). Tax-efficient withdrawal coordination and asset management, and 4). Low-cost index investing. With every interaction, we seek to inform and serve.

B. Minimum Asset Requirement
  • $500,000
C. Number of Current Clients
  • Available Upon Request
D. Assets (Management, Advisement)
  • Available Upon Request
E. Second Language(s)
  • None
F. Value Statement
  • View Value Statement
    1). Quality and depth derived from our specialization in retirement planning and investment management. 2). A single, transparent flat-quarterly fee of $2,250 per quarter debited directly from your investment account for our ThriveRetire™ service, including ongoing retirement planning and investment management. No commissioned products to sell, no referral fees to gain, no percentage of assets under management, and never any complicated sliding scales. 3). Model presents less conflict of interest than commissioned or percentage of assets-under management (%AUM) based models. 4). You work directly with the founder of the firm. A highly qualified and credentialed 25-year industry veteran. You will never be passed off to a junior advisor.

VIII.
Clients & Services

Part 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)
  • Individuals & Couples (Retired)
B. Types of Financial Services
  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Risk Management
C. Discretionary Asset Management
  • Yes
D. Limited Engagement Services
  • None

IX.
Certification

Certification: 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.

Advisor Name
  • Anthony Watson
Most Recent Update:
  • Oct 14, 2021

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