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How To Find the Best Financial Planners in Los Angeles County CA


Investment advisors or financial planners in Los Angeles County CA who bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those who have exceeded the minimum California state and federal standards. They are the ones that have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them as investment advisors or financial planners in Los Angeles County CA, including for retirement planning, estate planning, cash flow management or risk management.

 

Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Financial Advisors in Los Angeles County CA

First Foundation Advisors
(310) 622-1544
10850 Wilshire Blvd, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Areas Served: West Hollywood CA, Beverly Hills CA, West Los Angeles CA, Long Beach CA ...

Capital Intelligence Associates
(310) 820-9797
1250 6th Street, Ste 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Areas Served: Glendale CA, Los Feliz, Long Beach CA, Whittier CA, West Los Angeles CA ...

Raymond James & Associates
(213) 327-1023
444 South Flower St, Ste 3870
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Areas Served: Century City CA, Los Angeles CA, Whittier CA, Long Beach CA, Glendale CA

National Planning Corporation
(562) 420-7800
5000 E Spring St, Ste 340
Long Beach, CA 90815

Areas Served: Long Beach CA, Beverly Hills CA, West LA CA, Los Angeles CA, Malibu CA ...

Moran, Kimura & Heising, LLC
(310) 406-3080
21250 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 560
Torrance, CA 90503

Areas Served: Long Beach CA, Palos Verdes Estates, Malibu CA, Santa Monica CA, West LA CA

Fraser Financial Group
(323) 965-6440
8383 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Areas Served: Beverly Hills CA, Bel Air CA, Los Angeles CA, West Hollywood CA, Los Feliz

Caves & Associates, LLC
(310) 545-4179
1334 Park View Ave, Ste 100
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Areas Served: Santa Monica CA, Culver City CA, Long Beach CA, Glendale CA, West LA CA

Charles W. Mason & Associates
(323) 254-3072
7474 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Areas Served: Malibu CA, Long Beach CA, Santa Monica CA, Beverly Hills CA, Los Angeles CA

How To Find the Best Financial Planners in Los Angeles County CA  


The state of California does not require a state license of financial planners in Los Angeles County CA, while investment advisors may require a registration with the state or the SEC if they are performing as brokers of investments (financial products).

But even that registration is no guarantee that any particular investment advisor in Los Angeles County CA is competent, doing business ethically, providing value, or satisfying clients.

This makes it all the more significant that all investment advisors and financial planners in Los Angeles County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff, and have passed all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record,  verified state registration (if doing investment product sales), sufficient time in business, best business practices, and more. 


Financial planners assess your overall life circumstances and short term and long term financial goals to formulate a written financial plan to reach them, and then give ongoing advice on decisions that can affect them.   


Many financial planners are also investment advisors. Investment advisors give advice about buying and trading securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and often are the broker/dealers of those securities. Some of these investment advisers will manage for you your entire portfolio of securities.  Not all investment advisors do financial planning however which is a more comprehensive management of all your financial goals and the items and decisions that affect them.    Because financial planners are not necessarily selling or brokering financial products to you, they don't have to be registered with the state or federal government. Investment advisers, or financial planners that also perform as investment advisors do have to be registered.  Those who manage more than $100 million in client assets must register with the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission). Those who manage less must register with the state securities agency in their state.

Some financial planners and investment advisors are limited in their recommendations to a narrow range of investment products, including ones that aren't securities, meaning their advice may be influenced by commissions they're paid by the investment product company. So before you hire a financial planner or investment adviser ask them what limitations there are on their advice or products, what outside compensation they might be getting for brokering those financial products and how they are paid overall, including fees to you, and what their services include and don't include.

Financial planners and investment advisors are usually paid in one or more of the following ways:

• A fixed fee

• A commission on the securities they sell

• An hourly rate for the time they spend for you

• A percentage of the value of the assets they manage for you

Each of the above compensation methods have possible positives and negatives depending on your situation so ask the financial planner or investment advisor to explain the differences to you and to make a case for why their specific method of compensation is beneficial.

Some Financial Planners in Los Angeles County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these investment advisors or financial planners in Los Angeles County CA: National Planning Corporation, Capital Intelligence Associates, Fraser Financial Group, Caves & Associates, LLC, Moran, Kimura & Heising, LLC, Raymond James & Associates, First Foundation Advisors, Charles W. Mason & Associates. Other financial planners in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach and Redondo Beach CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

Questions to Ask Investment Advisors or Financial Planners in Los Angeles County CA 


When it comes to finding investment advisors or financial planners in Los Angeles County, as these questions about their abilities, background, experience and credentials:
 

• Do the financial planners have a minimum requirement for the net worth of clients they agree to take on, and if so what is it?

• Have they done financial planning for clients with situations similar to yours (such as individual vs business, single vs married, raising children, retirement focused, high net worth vs middle class, etc.), and if so, how many and with what outcome?

• Will they show you their ADV form which shows if they've had problems with regulators or clients? (All financial planners and investment advisors bearing The Prime Buyer's ReportTOP 10 symbol have already had their ADV form verified by our research staff as free of such problems.)

• Will they show you proof of professional liability insurance (such as E&O insurance) which protects you from financial loss in the event of their error? (All financial planners and investment advisors bearing The Prime Buyer's ReportTOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of liability insurance.)

• Will they provide you with client names and numbers you can call as references? (All financial planners and investment advisors bearing The Prime Buyer's ReportTOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by our researchers so you don't have to.)

• How long have they been financial planners or investment advisers in Los Angeles County?

• What is their employment history prior to becoming a financial planner or investment adviser?

• How do they get paid, by whom, and how is it calculated?

• What do and don't their services include? (Many investment advisers do not do overall financial planning, and they might not manage your entire investment portfolio.)

• What method will they use to formulate an overall financial plan for you (if financial planners) or before they recommend specific investments (if investment advisors) and how much time will they spend with you doing so?

• Who at their firm will be your regular point of contact and what is their experience compared to the principal or partner?

• What credentials do they hold and what was required to earn them? Examples include CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).

When you've chosen the best financial planners in Los Angeles County for your specific needs, make sure they are registered by the SEC or the state if they broker financial products.  (All financial planners and investment advisors bearing The Prime Buyer's ReportTOP 10 symbol have already had their registration verified by our researchers so you don't have to.)

 

 

Resources About Investment Advisors & Financial Planners in Los Angeles County 


The following is a list of trade associations and publications related to financial planning & investing.


Associations & Licensing for Investing & Financial Planning in Los Angeles County CA


CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst)

www.cfainstitute.org

CFP Board of Standards (Certified Financial Planners)

www.cfp.net

NAPFA (National Association of Personal Financial Advisor)

www.napfa.org

NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors)
www.naifa.org

AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education)
www.afcpe.org

FPA (Financial Planning Association)
www.fpanet.org

NAIPFA (National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors)
www.naipfa.com

AAAFA (Association of African American Financial Advisors)

www.aaafainc.com

IAA (Investment Adviser Association)
www.investmentadviser.org

NAAIM (National Association of Active Investment Managers)
www.naaim.org

SROIIA (Self-Regulatory Organization for Independent Investment Advisers)

www.sroiia-us.org

NOIP (National Organization of Investment Professionals)
www.noiponline.org

NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers)
www.nasd.com

NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association)

www.nasaa.org

MFA (Managed Funds Association)

www.mfainfo.org

CFBTA (Commodity Floor Brokers and Trade Association)

www.cfbta.org

ICAA (Investment Counsel Association of America)
www.icaa.org

STA (Security Traders Association)
www.securitytraders.org

AIMSE (Association of Investment Sales Executives)

www.aimse.com






Publications for Investment & Financial Planners in Los Angeles County


Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
www.kiplinger.com

Fortune Magazine
www.fortune.com/fortune/

Barrons
www.barrons.com

Business Finance Magazine
www.businessfinancemag.com

Capital Growth
www.capitalgrowth.com

Smart Money
www.smartmoney.com

CPI Financial
www.cpifinancial.net/v2/

Equities Magazine
www.equitiesmagazine.com

Finance Gates
www.financegates.com

Futures
www.futuresmag.com

Pensions & Investments
www.pionline.com

Trusts and Estates
www.trustsandestates.com





If you are looking for investment or financial planning services The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Financial Planners in Los Angeles County within the following zip codes:


90245, 90746, 90733, 90202, 90016, 90255, 90293, 90060, 90049, 90011, 90804, 90084, 90305, 90086, 90652, 90045, 90240, 90046, 90213, 90076, 90080, 90030, 90507, 90001, 90844, 90274, 90231, 90078, 90223, 90301, 90019, 90064, 90242, 90014, 90264, 90261, 90201, 90210, 90409, 90055, 90209, 90036, 90833, 90074, 90405, 90408, 90035, 90077, 90280, 90091, 90088, 90895, 90096, 90058, 90099, 90004, 90832, 90853, 90717, 90296, 90065, 90813, 90662, 90848, 90224, 90021, 90402, 90034, 90815, 90005, 90262, 90295, 90671, 90640, 91376, 90037, 90211, 90711, 90022, 90506, 90747, 90089, 90006, 90311, 90502, 90048, 90637, 90266, 90012, 90010, 90703, 90404, 90410, 90054, 90710, 90822, 90312, 90069, 90267, 90801, 90250, 90807, 90707, 90731, 90066, 90051, 90024, 90052, 90254, 90411, 90745, 90057, 90251, 91302, 90660, 90805, 90814, 90510, 90716, 90059, 90023, 90189, 90094, 90018, 90041, 91377, 90701, 90504, 90847, 90233, 90403, 90834, 90290, 90303, 90056, 90020, 90755, 90842, 90031, 90095, 90265, 90221, 90062, 90505, 90723, 90061, 90650, 90278, 90306, 90053, 90503, 90007, 90310, 90083, 90263, 90734, 90651, 90071, 90661, 90067, 90291, 90309, 90744, 90277, 90013, 90307, 90308, 90232, 90670, 90081, 90714, 90063, 90239, 90003, 90704, 90027, 90407, 90270, 90033, 90079, 90401, 90803, 90040, 90831, 90015, 90706, 90247, 90009, 90222, 90272, 90101, 90748, 90501, 90702, 90509, 90082, 90072, 90093, 90087, 90810, 90406, 90044, 90732, 90212, 90017, 90302, 90846, 90809, 90638, 90715, 90047, 91301, 90029, 90749, 90802, 90008, 90508, 90835, 90249, 90241, 90639, 90230, 90028, 90808, 90292, 90220, 90806, 90039, 90294, 90050, 90070, 90075, 90032, 90042, 90260, 90275, 90713, 90840, 90068, 90038, 90712, 90103, 90043, 90025, 90002, 90304, 90248, 90073 and 90026



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Financial Planners in Los Angeles County within the following cities:

Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, Los Angeles, Gardena, Bell Gardens, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, Harbor City, Mar Vista, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Westlake, San Pedro, Atwater Village, Santa Monica, Beverlywood, Culver City, East Los Angeles, Bellflower, Century City, Bell, Harbor Gateway, Huntington Park, Norwalk, Montebello, Hollywood, Compton, Sawtelle, Koreatown, Ladera Heights, Montecito Heights, Hermosa Beach, Lynwood, West Carson, Lomita, West L.A., Lakewood, El Segundo, Westchester, Lawndale, El Sereno, West Hollywood, Inglewood, North Whittier, Harvard Heights, Pico-Union, Rolling Hills, Glassell Park, Crenshaw, Venice, Hawaiian Gardens, Palms, South Central L.A., East Hollywood, Beverly Crest, Hawthorne, Rolling Hills Estates, Pacific Palisades, Larchmont Village, La Mirada, Cerritos, Boyle Heights, Malibu, Long Beach, Marina del Rey, Brentwood, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Bel Air, Maywood, Pico-Robertson, Carson, South Gate, Downey, Del Rey, Catalina Island / Avalon, Paramount, Whittier, Playa Vista, Redondo Beach, Watts, Westwood, Echo Park, Pico Rivera, Glendale, Signal Hill, Rancho Dominguez, East Whittier, Torrance, Mid-Wilshire, Silver Lake, Highland Park, East La Mirada, Palos Verdes Estates and Alondra Park