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Awards and Rankings Disclosures
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Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Barron’s (2018/2019)
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The rankings reflect “the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors’ practices.” The scoring system assigns a top score of 100 and rates the rest by comparing them with the winner. A ranking of “N” denotes an advisor who is new to the list. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisers is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record.
Neither CCM nor any other participating advisers paid a fee to be eligible for the “America’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” rankings. Barron’s does not publish, nor is CCM aware of the percentage of other advisers that received the applicable rankings.
Additional information about Barron’s “America’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” is available here.
FT 300: Top Registered Investment Advisers – Financial Times (2018)
Research for the award was conducted on behalf of the Financial Times by Ignites Research, a Financial Times sister publication (collectively, “FT”). An initial pool of candidates was identified by examining the database of RIAs registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and select those that reported more than $300 million in assets under management.
The criteria used to select firms for inclusion in the final ranking, and to determine each firm’s placement in the final rankings, were: (1) assets under management; (2) growth rate of assets under management; (3) firm years in existence; (4) compliance record and disciplinary history; (5) industry certifications and designations; and (6) online accessibility. Assets under management was weighted to account for approximately 70-75 percent of each adviser’s final score. FT also placed caps on the number of advisers from any particular state, distributed roughly in accordance with the distribution of millionaires across the country.
Neither CCM nor any other participating advisers paid a fee to be eligible for the Financial Times Top 300 ranking. The FT ranking is comprised of the top 300 advisers out of approximately 2,000 qualified firms and 760 responding firms.
CNBC FA 100 (2019)
The CNBC FA 100 celebrates the advisory firms that top the list when it comes to offering a comprehensive planning and financial service that helps clients navigate through their complex financial life.
The CNBC rankings are based on data culled from thousands of advisory firms and provided by AccuPoint Solutions. Factors included in the rankings were disclosures, years in business, average account size, total accounts under management, number of investment advisors, the ratio of investment advisors to total number of employees and discretionary assets under management and total AUM. Each section was weighted according to specific criteria created by CNBC and AccuPoint.
Neither CCM nor any other participating advisers paid a fee to be eligible for the CNBC FA 100 ranking.
Additional information about the methodology behind the CNBC FA 100 is available here.
GENERAL BACKGROUND: Check Capital Management Inc. (“Check Capital”) has been registered with the SEC as an investment adviser since early 1987. The Quality Growth performance shown is based on a real-time model account from September 14, 1986 through December 31, 2000 (the “Model Account”). From January 1, 2001, to present, returns are based on actual returns achieved by a real-money account (the “Representative Account”).
MODEL ACCOUNT DISCLOSURE: Model account performance results have certain limitations. Unlike an actual performance record, model account results do not represent actual trading. No model trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. There are other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of model performance results.
PERFORMANCE DISCLOSURES: Performance returns link the actual Representative Account returns with the Model Account returns. From 9/14/1986 to 12/31/1994, performance returns do not reflect the reinvestment of dividends, and are gross of any transaction fees. From 1/1/1995 to present, performance returns are net of transaction fee costs and include the reinvestment of dividends. Performance results are shown net of a 1% annual management fee, as well as net of an annual 10%-of-profits fee (as further described in Check Capital’s Form ADV Part 2A).
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES OF THE STRATEGY: The investment objective is long-term appreciation of capital. The Representative Account invests in what Check Capital believes are durable growth companies and are often known as “blue chips.” The businesses are usually large with annual profits in excess of $200 million. As a value-oriented investor, Check Capital attempts to obtain more in business value than what is paid in stock price. When fully invested, the Representative account typically owns 15-20 stocks.
INDICES: S&P 500 Index: A stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 leading companies publicly traded in the U.S. stock market, as determined by Standard & Poor’s. Unless otherwise noted, index returns reflect the reinvestment of income dividends and capital gains, if any, but do not reflect fees, brokerage commissions or other expenses of investing. Investors may not make direct investments into any index.
MATERIAL MARKET AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS: Over the very long-term, a stock-market index tends to rise inline with the gain in the earnings of the companies that comprise the index. While this is the case, over shorter periods stock prices and earnings often don’t move together. Since 1986, the stock market at times has experienced significant declines, most notably in 1987, 2000-2002, and 2008. The newsletter’s account declined in 1987, 2002, and 2008. It is important to recognize that market returns following periods of distress can often be high. As an example, the crisis of 2008 was followed by high returns that may never happen again. The Representative Account holds stocks largely in the S&P 500 Index and the volatility of the Representative Account and the S&P 500 has been similar. It is believed that market conditions, as represented by S&P 500, have an effect on the Representative Account’s returns, especially over the long-term.
RISK AND ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURES: Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk and there can be no assurance that any specific investment will be profitable. Check Capital does not make any representation that the Quality Growth strategy will or is likely to achieve returns similar to those shown in the model and actual performance results of this chart. There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Information provided herein from third parties is obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but no reservation or warranty is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Individual returns may vary substantially from those presented due to differences in the timing of contributions and withdrawals, account start dates, and actual fees paid. This material does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any securities. Any such offer will be made by means of an investment management agreement. The newsletter may occasionally refer to individual trades; Check Capital provides a listing of prior recommendations upon request. The information contained herein is based on internal research and does not purport to be statements of all material facts related to the securities mentioned. Our views and opinions regarding the investment prospects of portfolio holdings may change without notice. Actual results may differ materially from those we anticipate.