FSI Adds 500 New Financial Advisors Members

January 15, 2013
Momentum Continues to Build Towards Industry Unity

In yet another strong show of support for the Financial Services Institute (FSI), IEP Financial and Cetera Financial Group announced that 500 of their Independent Financial Advisors are now new FSI Financial Advisor Members. The Financial Advisors’ first-year membership is offered on a complimentary basis by the firms.

Dale Brown, FSI’s president & CEO, said: “Numbers and grassroots engagement are critical to our advocacy success. Regulators and lawmakers pay attention when constituents are engaged in the policy making process. So our collective voice is getting stronger and more influential. Our members are choosing to say ‘Yes We Will’ reform regulation through education and representation. The momentum our members are creating speaks loudly that every independent financial advisor should join the fight to protect their business by becoming an FSI member.”

Cetera Financial Group CEO Valerie Brown, a member of the FSI Board of Directors, said: “It’s more important than ever for our industry to get engaged and help ensure effective regulation through involvement with advocacy organizations like FSI. Last year, we supported the new membership of more than 3,500 advisors to help increase the impact FSI has in shaping regulation that makes sense. We are proud to continue that support adding more than 400 additional advisors to FSI’s membership ranks.”

John Simmers, Co-Vice Chairman of IEP Financial, added: “IEP Financial is pleased to provide continued support for FSI and our brethren Independent Broker Dealers. Having served as past Chairman of the Board for FSI, I know first- hand the passion and commitment this fine organization offers with respect to thought leadership and industry advocacy.”

In addition to advocacy, FSI financial advisor members receive: access to analyses of regulatory and legislative proposals; an Advocacy Action Center to easily communicate with legislators and regulators; opportunities to visit Capitol Hill and educate lawmakers; access to FSI’s first-ever Financial Advisor Summit and exclusive FSI publications and communications.

About IEP Financial: Based in Tampa, FL, IEP Financial is a Division of Calton & Associates, Inc. member of FINRA and SIPC. It offers a Hybrid Broker Dealer and RIA platform to successful Advisors who value their independence and want to provide clear, objective, unbiased advice, products, and services to their clients. Additional information can be found at iepfinancial.com.

About Cetera Financial Group: Cetera Financial Group is one of the nation’s largest privately-held, independent broker-dealer and investment adviser families. It provides award-winning wealth management and advisory platforms, comprehensive broker-dealer and registered investment adviser services, and innovative technology for more than 6,500 independent financial professionals and more than 600 financial institutions nationwide. Through its four distinct firms, Cetera Advisors LLC, Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, and Cetera Investment Services LLC (Cetera Financial Institutions), Cetera offers the benefits of a large, established and well-capitalized broker-dealer, while serving advisors in a way that is customized to their unique needs and aspirations. Cetera is committed to helping advisors grow their business and strengthen their relationships with clients. For more information, visit cetera.com.