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Bell Rock Capital, LLC (“Bell Rock Capital”) is an SEC registered investment advisor located in Delaware. Bell Rock Capital and its representatives are in compliance with the current filing requirements imposed upon registered investment advisors by those jurisdictions in which Bell Rock Capital maintains clients. Bell Rock Capital may only transact business in those states in which it is registered, or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration requirements. Bell Rock Capital’s web site is limited to the dissemination of general information pertaining to its advisory services, together with access to additional investment related information, publications, and links. Accordingly, the publication of Bell Rock Capital’s web site on the Internet should not be construed by any consumer and/or prospective client as Bell Rock Capital’s solicitation to effect, or attempt to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, over the Internet. Any subsequent, direct communication by Bell Rock Capital with a prospective client shall be conducted by a representative that is either registered or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration in the state where the prospective client resides. For information pertaining to the registration status of Bell Rock Capital, please contact the SEC, FINRA or the state securities regulators for those states in which Bell Rock Capital maintains a filing. A copy of Bell Rock Capital’s current written disclosure statement discussing Bell Rock Capital’s business operations, service, and fees is available from Bell Rock Capital upon written request. Bell Rock Capital does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to Bell Rock Capital’s web site or incorporated herein, and takes no responsibility therefor. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes only and all users thereof should be guided accordingly.
Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Therefore, no current or prospective client should assume that future performance of any specific investment or investment strategy (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by Bell Rock Capital made reference to directly or indirectly by Bell Rock Capital in its web site, or indirectly by a link to an unaffiliated third party web site, will be profitable or equal the corresponding indicated performance level(s). Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment will either be suitable or profitable for a client or prospective client’s investment portfolio. Historical performance results for investment indices and/or categories generally do not reflect the deduction of transaction and/or custodial charges, the deductions of an investment management fee, nor the impact of taxes, the incurrence of which would have the effect of decreasing historical performance results. Certain portions of Bell Rock Capital’s web site (i.e. newsletters, articles, commentaries, etc.) may contain a discussion of, and/or provide access to, Bell Rock Capital’s (and those of other investment and non-investment professionals) positions and/or recommendations of a specific prior date. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions, such discussion may no longer be reflective of current position(s) and/or recommendations(s). Moreover, no client or prospective client should assume that any such discussion serves as the receipt of, or a substitute for, personalized advice from Bell Rock Capital, or form any other investment professional. Bell Rock Capital is neither an attorney nor an accountant, and no portion of the web site content should be interpreted as legal, accounting or tax advice.
To the extent that any client or prospective client utilizes any economic calculator or similar device contained within or linked to Bell Rock Capital’s web site, the client and/or prospective client acknowledges and understands that the information resulting from the use of any such calculator/device, is not, and should not be construed, in any manner whatsoever, as the receipt of, or a substitute for, personalized individual advice from Bell Rock Capital, or from any other investment professional.
Please Note: Limitations: Neither rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services, publications, media, or other organizations, nor the achievement of any designation or certification, should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Bell Rock Capital, LLC is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisers (see link as to participation data, to the extent applicable). No ranking or recognition should be construed as a current or past endorsement of Bell Rock Capital, LLC by any of its clients. ANY QUESTIONS: Bell Rock Capital, LLC’s Chief Compliance Officer remains available to address any questions regarding rankings and/or recognitions, including providing the criteria used for any reflected ranking.
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The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 1,886 Pittsburgh-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 224 (8% of candidates) were named 2020 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2019: 1,667 considered, 251 winners; 2018: 1,653 considered, 227 winners; 2017: 1,133 considered, 277 winners; 2016: 1,064 considered, 423 winners; 2015: 1,494 considered, 442 winners; 2014: 1,721 considered, 458 winners; 2013: 1,777 considered, 545 winners; 2012: 1,863 considered, 493 winners.
Please Note: Limitations: Neither rankings and/or recognitions by unaffiliated rating services, publications, media, or other organizations, nor the achievement of any professional designation, certification, degree, or license, or any amount of prior experience or success, should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Bell Rock Capita, LLC is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisers (see participation data/criteria). Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, Bell Rock Capital did not pay a fee to be included on any such ranking. No ranking or recognition should be construed as a current or past endorsement of Bell Rock Capital by any of its clients. QUESTIONS: Bell Rock Capital’s Chief Compliance Officer, Jacquelyn K. Blue, remains available to address any questions regarding rankings and/or recognitions, including the criteria used for any reflected ranking.
Accreditation means the Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) has determined that company bearing the accreditation logo meets certain standards with regard to licensing, regulatory complaints, consumer complaints, advertising and other business practices. In order for a company to be eligible for the BBB accreditation the company (1) must be in business for at least six months in any BBB service area; (2) fulfill all licensing and bonding requirements of applicable jurisdictions; (3) be free from government action that demonstrates a significant failure to support BBB ethical principles in marketplace transactions; (4) be free from an unsatisfactory rating and maintain at least a B rating at the accrediting BBB and the BBB where it is headquartered; (5) fulfill certain requirements directly with the BBB, including honoring any settlements reached by the BBB dispute resolution process; (6) follows governmental and BBB advertising laws and codes; and (7) safeguard consumer data. BBB accredited firms must also agree to abide by the BBB Code of Business Practices which represents the standards for business accreditation by BBB in the United States and Canada.
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The BBB rating system rates businesses on a scale of A+ to F, with A+ being the highest. Clients and prospective clients can view details of the rating system at https://www.bbb.org/en/us/overview-of-bbb-ratings/. BBB accredited businesses pay a uniform fee in advance for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public. Bell Rock is unaware of any undisclosed facts that could potentially invalidate the appropriateness of the designation. By virtue of disclosing this designation, Bell Rock is disclosing favorable ratings (to the extent that Bell Rock is ranked above other companies) and unfavorable ratings (to the extent that Bell Rock is ranked below other companies). Bell Rock is not aware of the percentage of other registered investment advisers that received the applicable rating. BBB does not require membership or payment in order for applicants to be considered for the designation. Bell Rock applied for consideration, and the result was independently granted. The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience because of the way in which it is calculated. The accreditation is not indicative of Bell Rock’s future performance, or any future performance pertaining to its clients’ investments. This accreditation or any other rankings, designation, and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed as a guarantee that a client will experience a certain level of results or satisfaction if Bell Rock is engaged, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement by any of its clients.
The AIFA Designation certifies that the recipient has advanced knowledge of fiduciary standards of care, their application to the investment management process, and procedures for assessing conformance by third parties to fiduciary standards. To receive the AIFA Designation, the individual must hold the AIF Designation, meet prerequisite criteria based on a combination of education, relevant industry experience, auditing experience, and/or ongoing professional development, complete a training program, successfully pass a comprehensive, closed‐book final examination under the supervision of a proctor and agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. In order to maintain the AIFA Designation, the individual must annually attest to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards, and accrue and report a minimum of ten hours of continuing education. The Designation is administered by the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the standards‐setting body of fi360.
The PPC Designation certifies that the recipient has specialized knowledge of retirement plan compliance requirements, common plan services, and plan administration. To receive the PPC Designation, the individual must meet prerequisite criteria based on a combination of education, relevant industry experience, and/or ongoing professional development, complete a training program, successfully pass a comprehensive, closed‐book final examination under the supervision of a proctor and agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. In order to maintain the PPC Designation, the individual must annually attest to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards, and accrue and report a minimum of six hours of continuing education.
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