Independent Financial Partners Renews CEFEX Certification

by Max Griendling

Tampa, Fla., 10/26/18 – Independent Financial Partners has achieved their certification from the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC (CEFEX) for the fourth year in a row. This certification is only granted by CEFEX to firms that demonstrate adherence to fiduciary best practices. With this achievement, IFP continues to acknowledge and adhere to a global standard for fiduciary excellence, placing the well-being of investors above all else.

Independent Financial Partners was subject to a rigorous, multi-month audit and certification process guided by the “Prudent Practices® for Investment Advisors”, an industry-recognized handbook that is grounded in law, regulation and professional best practices.

“CEFEX is pleased to add Independent Financial Partners to an elite group of investment advisors who have demonstrated adherence to professional practices that define a standard of fiduciary excellence,” said CEFEX Managing Director Carlos Panksep. “They have earned the right to use the CEFEX Mark, which indicates the firm’s established practices are aligned with investors’ interests and worthy of trust and confidence.”

Independent Financial Partners is certified in relation to the services offered through IFP Plan Advisors and IFP Plan Management, including the oversight and support of investment advisor representatives (IARs) providing services under its retirement plan agreements. IFP’s certification is registered and can be viewed at www.cefex.org.

“IFP’s CEFEX certification means we understand the importance of following a documented, fiduciary process that extends beyond the basics,” said Zachary Koch, the Director of Retirement Plan Services at IFP. “As an OSJ, we believe that advisors and their clients can find confidence in the knowledge that a trusted third-party firm is looking out for their best interests above all else.”

CEFEX certification standards are substantiated by legislation, case law and regulatory opinion letters from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA), the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) and the Uniform Management of Public Employee Retirement Systems Act (UMPERSA) in the U.S. A full copy of the standard can be downloaded from CEFEX at www.cefex.org and a summary can be viewed by clicking on Independent Financial Partners’ online CEFEX certificate.

About Independent Financial Partners

Family-owned and privately-held since it was founded in 2000 by CEO William Hamm Jr. on the principals of independence, flexibility and collaboration, Independent Financial Partners (IFP) is a comprehensive financial advisor support firm with home/corporate offices in Tampa, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona. It is dedicated to delivering personalized service to a growing network of more than 520 independent advisors nationwide, allowing them to better focus on the needs of their clients.

An SEC Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and an Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction (OSJ), IFP works directly with its advisors to provide them technological, compliance, marketing, business development, and operational support. As of Dec. 31, 2017, IFP’s advisors have more than $40 billion in assets under advisement. The firm has annually earned the trusted CEFEX certification for investment support services for adhering to the industry’s best practices since 2014. For more information, visit www.ifpartners.com. Follow the firm on LinkedIn for more updates.

About CEFEX®

CEFEX®, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, a Fi360® company, is an independent certification organization. CEFEX works closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the fiduciary practices of investment stewards, advisors, recordkeepers, administrators and managers. CEFEX is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more at www.cefex.org via Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory services offered through Independent Financial Partners (IFP), a Registered Investment Adviser.

Posted by: Max Griendling | November 9th, 2018 at 11:14am.