Barron’s has ranked Cassaday & Company, Inc. one of the Top 50 Private Wealth Advisor Teams for 2019. This is the inaugural year for the Top 50 Private Wealth Advisor Teams. This list is the acknowledgment that as the industry evolves, teams have become more important for clients over an individual advisor.

Cassaday & Company, Inc. is honored to receive this recognition from Barron’s. Our firm has designed a culture that encourages collaboration and practices radical inclusion daily. Comprised of 10 departments and 50 employees, our team is constantly working towards the same goal: exceeding client expectations. In working collaboratively, the culture created is more robust and less vulnerable when it is not dependent on one individual. Our team approach has been vital to our success over the past 25 years.

This ranking serves as a further indicator that our industry is ever evolving. As the industry at large is moving towards teams, pressing issues within our industry are exposed. Two of these key factors are brought into consideration by this list’s release. “Building teams addresses a pair of pressing issues within the industry, both of them related to demographics. The first is the aging population of elite-level advisors. The average age of a Barron’s Top 100 Advisor is now 57, up from 52 in 2012. In one respect this is a big positive, as investing perspective and experience with a variety of market conditions are exactly what clients demand from an elite advisor. What’s alarming, however, is how few advisors have installed any plans to replace themselves in the event of a tragedy or retirement.” (footnote 1: The Power of Financial Advisory Teams)

The topic of succession planning is not new to our industry, but merely 20% of advisory firms have a plan for operational continuity of their enterprise in the event of the death or disability of current leadership. Cassaday is proud to be among the few who have planned for such an event.

Our succession plan agreement, in place since 2006, provides for an orderly and seamless transfer of ownership and governance in the event of the absence of current leadership. The successors are highly trained, experienced and competent employees with an average tenure with the firm of over 20 years. In addition to this formal succession plan, the average age of an employee at our firm is 30, and this is by design. Our highly trained and experienced staff has been intentionally structured to provide you and your family with a lifetime of advice and guidance, assuring your financial plan spans decades and generations.

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