FSI Adds Nearly 250 New Financial Advisor Members

November 12, 2013

In yet another strong show of support for the Financial Services Institute (FSI), Girard Securities announced that nearly 250 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: “Everything we do is aimed at increasing our advocacy success. Regulators and lawmakers pay attention when our members, their constituents, are engaged in the policy making process. Once again, our collective voice is growing stronger and more influential. 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.”

Girard Securities’ CEO & President, Susan Tietjen said: “Financial advisors in the independent broker-dealer industry have been helping the investing public realize their financial goals for more than three decades. During this time period, regulations have increased dramatically, thereby increasing compliance costs for firms and making it more difficult for advisors to service and support their clients. Given the highly regulated nature of our business, it is essential that we have a voice and an advocate in the legislative process. The Financial Services Institute provides us with both. Therefore, it is a great privilege to offer FSI membership to our advisors. It’s their chance to get involved and make their voice heard.”

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 Financial Advisor Summit and exclusive FSI publications and communications.

And, for the first time, members now have access to two tools to help them sell the value of independence to prospective clients in order to grow their businesses. A 60-second video and corresponding infographic can be downloaded for free at financialservices.org/store (member login required). Both tools have received review letters from FINRA and are client-ready.

About the Financial Services Institute (FSI): FSI is an advocacy organization for independent financial services firms and independent financial advisors. Established in January 2004, FSI has over 100 financial services firm members and over 35,000 financial advisor members. FSI member firms have upwards of 160,000 financial advisors affiliated with them. FSI’s mission is to create a more responsible regulatory environment for independent broker-dealers and their affiliated independent financial advisors through effective advocacy, education and public awareness. FSI’s strategy includes involvement in FINRA governance, constructive engagement in the regulatory process and effective influence on the legislative process. For more information, please visit financialservices.org.

About Girard Securities: Girard Securities was built to be a better broker dealer. We don’t just provide exceptional service-we build lasting relationships. Our unique back office support is based on an in-depth understanding of our advisors’ business and an unwavering commitment to their success. With nearly four decades in the industry, Girard has created a legacy of empowering independent advisors nationwide with top-tier products and unparalleled support-so they can, in turn, empower their clients to achieve their goals.