Christopher J. George CRPS®, CMFC®, AIF®
About Cetera Advisor Networks
My independent business model ensures I have the autonomy and discretion to put you at the center of all investment strategies and business decisions. Just as I stand behind you to help you pursue your financial dreams, I have teams standing behind me and supporting my business. These firms also strengthen my relationship with you by providing the resources I need to better serve you. I think it’s important for you to know who these partners are and why I have chosen to work with them.
My Broker-Dealer: Cetera Advisor Networks
I am affiliated with Cetera Advisor Networks, one of the premier broker-dealers in the industry. As my broker-dealer, they are responsible for executing trades on your behalf. Like all broker-dealers, they must undergo regular auditing, and are required to meet specific net capital requirements to ensure it can meet its obligations to investors like you.
But their support for our relationship goes well beyond its function as trade executor. My affiliation means that I am not held to a sales quota or tied to selling only proprietary products. I have the independence and freedom to recommend the financial solutions that best suit your needs, ensuring your objectives are what drive all decisions, while their network of people and resources help us pursue your unique goals and vision for the future.
Their Parent Company: Cetera Financial Group
As the second largest independent financial advisor network in the nation by number of advisors and a leading provider of investment programs to financial institutions, Cetera Financial Group provides award-winning wealth management and advisory platforms, comprehensive broker-dealer and registered investment adviser services, and innovative technology to its family of broker-dealer firms nationwide.
Through those firms, Cetera Financial Group offers the stability of a large and well-capitalized broker-dealer and registered investment adviser, while serving independent and institutions-based financial advisors in a way that is customized to their individual needs. Cetera Financial Group is committed to helping advisors grow their businesses and strengthen their relationships with their investor clients. All of Cetera Financial Group’s broker-dealer firms are members of FINRA/SIPC.
Our Custodian: Pershing
While Cetera Advisor Networks helps supervise and facilitate the trading for your investments, those assets are held by Pershing LLC.
Pershing LLC is a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, the nation’s oldest continuously operating bank, and one of the world’s leading providers of securities services. Pershing custodies brokerage accounts for Cetera Advisor Networks, including brokerage accounts with IRAs, and provides related administrative services, including settlement of purchases, tax and account record keeping, monthly statements, confidentiality and data integration.
Like Cetera Advisor Networks, Pershing must meet certain net capital requirements, and is subject to regular audits, both internally and by independent firms, to ensure the appropriate handling, segregation and protection of investors’ assets.
My Most Important Connection: With You
While the firms behind me play important roles in my day-to-day servicing of your needs, the most important relationship I have is undoubtedly with you. I work with these firms to make it easier for me to work for you. Anytime you would like more information about the above firms, please do not hesitate to ask. I want you to feel confident that you understand, to your satisfaction, how we work with and through these firms, why I have chosen to work with Cetera Advisor Networks, and the absolute priority both Cetera Advisor Networks and I place on my relationship with you.