Our Strategic Partners
Dimensional Fund Advisors is a registered investment advisor headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Dimensional maintains regional sales offices in Chicago and Vancouver and sales and trading offices in Austin, London and Sydney.
Dimensional forged a new way to invest. The firm inaugurated its strategies in 1981 with early research into the stronger performance of small cap stocks. Later, a comprehensive analysis of stock prices worldwide deepened the strategy repertoire and set a new standard for portfolio design. This evolution reflects an abiding belief in financial science and the efficacy of capital markets.
Dimensional is an institutional fund advisor that requires a minimum of $2,000,000 per fund per investor for access to their mutual funds. This requirement is waived for clients of Smart Investor who are able to benefit from the financial science and academic research Dimensional has brought to the practical world of investing. Known worldwide for its innovative and revolutionary approach, Dimensional has served institutional clients since 1981. With this strategic alliance, PRIVATE WEALTH CFOs is able to bring these institutional experiences and efficiencies to our clients.
As of December 31, 2010, the firm managed over $200 billion for over 450 institutional clients, including corporate, public, and Taft-Hartley retirement plans, endowments, and foundations; and clients of over 900 DFA approved registered investment advisors.
TD AMERITRADE Institutional is a leading provider of comprehensive brokerage and custody services to more than 4,000 fee-based, Independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and their clients. Our advanced technology platform, coupled with personal support from our dedicated service teams, allows investment advisors to run their practices more efficiently and effectively, while optimizing time with clients.
Additionally, TD AMERITRADE Institutional provides a robust offering of products, programs and services. These services are all designed to help advisors build their businesses and do the best possible job they can help their clients with their financial goals.
Charles Schwab Advisor Services, a division of Charles Schwab, is a leading provider of custodial, operational and trading support for independent investment advisors. Since 1987, Schwab Institutional has supported independent investment advisors by offering support and services to help grow their businesses and help their clients. Working with Schwab enables PRIVATE WEALTH CFOs to provide a wide range of products and support to help investors reach their financial goals.
IMCA—Investment Management Consultants Association—was established in 1985 to deliver the premier investment consulting and wealth management credentials and world-class educational offerings—membership, conferences, research, and publications. IMCA sets the standards and practices for the investment management consulting profession and provides investment consultants with the credentials and tools required to best serve their clients.
The CIMA® certification is the premier credential for advanced investment consultants and advisors. It reflects experience, education, examination, and ethical standards. Every financial professional who has earned the CIMA certification has at least three years of client-centered financial services experience, has passed an extensive background check, and has completed the demanding graduate-level program of study.
IMCA’s Certified Private Wealth Advisor, or CPWA®, designation is an advanced credential specifically created for wealth managers and advisors who work with high-net-worth clients on the life cycle of wealth: accumulation, preservation and protection, and distribution. Advisors who attain this designation will gain superior expertise in advanced wealth management content, strategies, and applied concepts.
IMCA’s certification programs only are offered through two of the top business schools in the country: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
The association is proud to serve more than 8,400 members including more than 6,200 CIMA professionals and 450 CPWA professionals. Each member must subscribe to and each designee must adhere to IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility. In addition, IMCA’s Standards of Practice and Performance Reporting Standardsprovide practical guidance to investment management consultants in the course of conducting their practices and providing services to clients.
Advanced Education and Membership
To further distinguish its members, the association is dedicated to the advanced education of investment professionals. IMCA conferences hosted more than 4,500 attendees in 2009. The IMCA Annual Conference offers headline general sessions and leading-edge workshops covering topics such as practice management, technology, international investments, and wealth management. The 2010 specialty conference calendar delivers five focused-topic agendas including asset allocation, advanced wealth management, practice management, a New York consultants conference, and an advanced CIMA workshop at The Wharton School.
In addition to onsite offerings, IMCA provides interactive audio broadcasts that concentrate on current industry 'hot topics.' IMCA also offers an entry-level certificate program, Essentials of Investment Consulting. The association’s publications include Investments & Wealth Monitor, a bi-monthly educational magazine featuring professional contributors addressing everyday issues, the Journal of Investment Consulting, which delves into the research and theory of investments, and IMCA Research Quarterly, a proprietary, in-depth research report detailing how IMCA members deliver best practices. IMCA members receive access to a number of other tools, resources, and content as a benefit of membership.
A thirteen-member board of directors, including four officers, governs IMCA. The membership nominates 12 positions, the nominating committee appoints the directors, the past president serves one additional term of office, and the executive director serves on the board ex-officio. Volunteer committees, such as certification, conferences, membership, and wealth management, provide input to the board and assist in directing the activities of the association.
For the investment professional, IMCA is an ethical and trustworthy conduit to cutting-edge investment strategies that maximize wealth potential.