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Please Join SPC Financial® in Honoring the Following Individual for His Perseverance & Continued Dedication in Helping to Meet the Individual Financial Challenges of Our Diverse Investment Family.

Edward G. Sella, CPA/PFS, CFP®
President & CEO, SPC Financial®
Partner, Sella & Martinic, LLC

Barron’s | Financial Times | Forbes 


Forbes 2017 | America’s Top Wealth Advisors

Recognized as one of Forbes 2017 | Top 250 Wealth Advisors nationally.

Forbes list of “America's Top Wealth Advisors” The Forbes ranking of America's Top Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience. Ranking algorithm is based on quality of practice, including: telephone and in person interviews, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on the ranking. Research Summary (as of September 2017): 19,872 Advisor nominations were received, based on thresholds. 4,504 Advisors were invited to complete the online survey. 4,432 Advisors were interviewed by telephone. 923 Advisors were interviewed in-person at the Advisors' location.


Final list of the top 250 Advisors was then compiled based upon the quantitative criteria. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future investment performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Forbes is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC.

Barron’s (March) 2017 | 2016, (February) 2015 & 2014 | America’s “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors”

Recognized as one of America’s leading Financial Advisors, ranking among Maryland’s Top 10 Financial Advisors.

Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 individual advisors and their firms and include qualitative and quantitative criteria. Data points that relate to quality of practice include professionals with a minimum of 7 years financial services experience, acceptable compliance records, (no criminal U4 issues) client retention reports, charitable and philanthropic work, quality of practice, designations held, offering services beyond investments offered including estates and trusts, and more. Financial Advisors are quantitatively rated based on varying types of revenues produced and assets under management by the financial professional, with weightings associated for each. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron's is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC.

Financial Times 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2013 | FT 400 "Top Financial Advisors"

Recognized as one of the Top 400 Investment Advisors nationally.

Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors | The FT 400 was developed in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides specialized content on asset management. To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 10 years of experience and at least $300 ($200 million in 2013 and 2015) million in assets under management (AUM) and no more than 60% of the AUM with institutional clients. The FT reaches out to some of the largest brokerages in the U.S. and asks them to provide a list of advisors who meet the minimum criteria outlined above. These advisors are then invited to apply for the ranking. Only advisors who submit an online application can be considered for the ranking. In 2017, roughly 800 applications were received (roughly 980 in 2016, and roughly 1,400 in 2015) 400 were selected to the final lists. 400 qualified advisers were then scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance record, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility. AUM is the top factor, accounting for roughly 60-70 percent of the applicant's score. Additionally, to provide a diversity of advisors, the FT placed a cap on the number of advisors from any one state that's roughly correlated to the distribution of millionaires across the U.S. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. The FT is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC.

Forbes 2016 | America’s Top Wealth Advisors

Recognized as one of Forbes 2016 Top 200 Wealth Advisors nationally.

Forbes list of “America's Top Wealth Advisors” The Forbes ranking of America's Top Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience. Ranking algorithm is based on quality of practice, including: telephone and in person interviews, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on the ranking. Research Summary (as of July 2016): 11,235 Advisor nominations were received, based on thresholds. 4,000 Advisors were invited to complete the online survey. 2,500 Advisors were interviewed by telephone. 425 Advisors were interviewed in-person at the Advisors' location. Final list of the top 200 Advisors was then compiled based upon the quantitative criteria. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future investment performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Forbes is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC.

Barron’s (August) 2013 | Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors, within the country.

Among one of three Independent Financial Advisors recognized within the State of Maryland

Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 individual advisors and their firms and include qualitative and quantitative criteria. Data points that relate to quality of practice include professionals with a minimum of 7 years financial services experience, acceptable compliance records (no criminal U4 issues), client retention reports, charitable and philanthropic work, quality of practice, designations held, offering services beyond investments offered including estates and trusts, and more. Financial Advisors are quantitatively rated based on varying types of revenues produced and assets under management by the financial professional, with weightings associated for each. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron's is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC. 

Barron’s (August) 2012 | Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors

Among 17 new national members, ranking 2nd within the state of Maryland.

Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. The Barron's rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 individual advisors and their firms and include qualitative and quantitative criteria. Data points that relate to quality of practice include professionals with a minimum of 7 years financial services experience, acceptable compliance records, (no criminal U4 issues), client retention reports, charitable and philanthropic work, quality of practice, designations held, offering services beyond investments offered including estates and trusts, and more. Financial Advisors are quantitatively rated based on varying types of revenues produced and assets under management by the financial professional, with weightings associated for each. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron's is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC. 

Barron’s (February) 2013 & 2012 | Maryland’s | Among Top 10 Financial Advisors (ranking 6th within the state of Maryland) among Barron’s “Top 1,000 Advisors”.

Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 individual advisors and their firms and include qualitative and quantitative criteria. Data points that relate to quality of practice include professionals with a minimum of 7 years financial services experience, acceptable compliance records (no criminal U4 issues), client retention reports, charitable and philanthropic work, quality of practice, designations held, offering services beyond investments offered including estates and trusts, and more. Financial Advisors are quantitatively rated based on varying types of revenues produced and assets under management by the financial professional, with weightings associated for each. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron's is not affiliated with Raymond James, SPC Financial®, nor Sella & Martinic, LLC.

RJFS & SPC Financial® do not provide tax or legal advice. Tax services and analysis are provided by the related firm Sella & Martinic, LLC (S&M) through a separate engagement letter. Awards are bestowed by independent third party organizations & are not affiliated with RJFS, SPC nor S&M. Awards & recognitions do not ensure future investment performance & may not be representative of individual clients’ experiences.
Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., (RJFS) Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through SPC Financial® (SPC) SPC & Sella & Martinic, LLC are not registered broker/dealers and are independent of RJFS.