Ferguson Wellman and West Bearing
Annual Report

by the Numbers – Disclosures


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Forbes and RIA Channel Methodology:

Forbes and RIA Channel recently announced the 2016 Top 100 RIAs by 10 Years of Growth List. RIA Channel is an affiliate of RIA Database, an independently owned and operated data company that collects and profiles financial advisory firms. RIA Database maintains profiles on over one million financial advisors across all intermediary channels: registered investment advisors, investment advisor representatives, registered representatives of broker/dealers, family office advisors, bank, trust, and independent brokers. RIA Database was founded in 2005, and tracks historical investment and asset information on all registered investment advisors (RIAs). RIAs are fiduciaries, registered with states or the Securities Exchange Commission (the SEC) as a regulated entity. Many asset managers, consultants, broker/dealer firms, trading firms, hedge funds and family offices are also RIAs. The Forbes and RIA Channel Top 100 RIAs by 10 Years of Growth specifically identified wealth managers, and ranked them by asset growth over prior ten years ending September 30, 2016. If an RIA was not registered as an RIA each of the past ten years, it was not included in this ranking. Additionally, firms were excluded if they had violations: civil, criminal or regulatory. Assets were based on assets under management as reported on each firm’s Form ADV Part I. Further qualification, defined by RIA Channel, required that each RIA advised clients on comprehensive wealth management services including manager due diligence, manager selection, asset allocation, portfolio construction, portfolio management for individuals, and ongoing supervisory management of client assets. Fund companies, hedge funds, broker/dealers, registered representatives, and banks were excluded. For more information, contact RIA Database.

Most Admired Companies Methodology from Portland Business Journal:

To generate the rankings for Oregon’s Most Admired Companies, the Portland Business Journal sent surveys to 3,000 CEOs in Oregon and southwest Washington, asking them to select three companies they most admired in eight industries, as well as three companies they admire across all industries.

Some 500 leaders responded to the survey. To help the CEOs make their choices, we provide extensive lists of companies in each industry. They were welcome, however, to name any company not listed. Companies eligible for consideration were not limited to those based in Oregon and southwest Washington, but included any business with a substantial presence in the region.

Respondents identified their first-, second- and third-place choices in each category. Here’s how the points were tabulated.

First place = 3 points Second place = 2 points Third place = 1 point

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