From Forbes: “From the stock market’s gyrations and the collapse in oil prices to tax planning and the “will they or won’t they” guessing game around the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates, investors have a lot to grapple with these days. More than ever they are turning to the counsel of independent financial advisors, judging by the swelling assets under management of the firms that make up the Top 100 Wealth Managers.”

Disclosures:

Data for the Top Wealth Managers list is compiled by our partners at RIA Database. Candidate firms qualify based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria. This year we expanded the list to 100 firms, and ranked them by assets under management for year-end 2014, reported as of March 31, 2015.

Members of the list must have manage at least 50% of their assets on behalf of retail clients, can not run a broker-dealer (they can be affiliated with one), can not be a bank (trust companies are permitted), and must be performing wealth management services. Firms can not have had any regulatory, civil or criminal disclosures.

The list looks beyond exclusively fee-only advisors because the RIA industry is evolving to incorporate more hybrid models as more reps break way from broker-dealers but carry along old business that includes some commission-based work.