FIDUCIARY CERTIFICATION

About CEFEX©:

CEFEX©, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC is an independent global assessment and certification organization. CEFEX© works closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the fiduciary practices of investment stewards, advisors, record keepers, administrators and managers. The CEFEX© Mark signifies that an organization”s established practices have been independently verified and are worthy of trust and confidence. More information can be found at www.CEFEX.org

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CEFEX© CERTIFIED FIRM

Adherence to a Fiduciary Standard

CEFEX© advisory firms adhere to the Global Fiduciary Standard of Excellence. This means they act in the best interest of investors. This is contrasted with a firm that lacks a fiduciary process or operates according to a ‘suitability’ standard.

Verified by Annual Audits

CEFEX© advisory firms voluntarily undertake annual audits by independent fiduciary experts. This verifies their adherence to the fiduciary standard and is supplemental to the oversight performed by most financial regulators, who require advisors to meet a minimum compliance standard.

WHY IT MATTERS

Investor Benefits

A CEFEX©-certified advisory firm places your interests first and will realize investment objectives sooner, better align investment services to expenses, and be accountable for actions taken.

Advisor Professionalism

Annual audits maximize professionalism within the advisory firm because management is required to keep up to date with best practices. The CEFEX© audit helps foster a culture of continuous improvement within the firm.