Petersen Hastings Recertified by Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) for 14th Straight Year

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Petersen Hastings in Kennewick and Walla Walla, Washington is honored to announce their recertification from the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) for the 14th straight year. This certification is only granted by CEFEX to firms that demonstrate adherence to fiduciary best practices. It is a hallmark accomplishment as it signifies conformity to a recognized global standard of fiduciary excellence.

The CEFEX certificate requires that advisors undergo annual fiduciary assessments conducted by the program’s expert analysts to ensure they are upholding fiduciary standards and that practices are in place in order to achieve cultural excellence, supported by documented and structured processes. The CEFEX Fiduciary assessment, in detail, includes administrative review, analyzes structure systems and reporting – where conflicts of interest may be addressed, analyzes risk and characteristics of the portfolio, and samples client deliverables. Because of adhering to these standards, advisors are better able to manage client portfolios and expectations through education, reporting, and disclosure. 

“CEFEX is pleased to once again, include Petersen Hastings amongst an elite group of investment advisors who have demonstrated adherence to professional practices that define a standard of fiduciary excellence,” said CEFEX Managing Director, Carlos Panksep. “They have earned the right to use the CEFEX Mark which indicates the firm’s established practices are aligned with investors’ interests and worthy of trust and confidence.”

“Embracing the fiduciary standard has been and continues to be a pillar of the Petersen Hastings mission, and we are excited to be one of the few firms in the country that have been CEFEX certified as fiduciaries for over ten years,” said Matthew Petersen, Chief Compliance Officer. “We have been able to achieve this through our entire team’s dedication to putting the interests of our clients ahead of our own.“

About Petersen Hastings

Based in Kennewick, Washington, Petersen Hastings is an independent, fee-only, Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm managing over $1B in assets. As a primary fiduciary, Petersen Hastings serves committed investors with complex financial needs by utilizing a comprehensive wealth management process that involves investment consulting, advanced estate, tax, trust and retirement planning. Our multigenerational team of experienced and credentialed professionals delivers innovative solutions through the Trusted Financial PathTM  to enhance and preserve wealth. Learn more at

About CEFEX®

CEFEX®, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, a Fi360® company, is an independent certification organization. CEFEX works closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the fiduciary practices of investment stewards, advisors, recordkeepers, administrators and managers. CEFEX is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more at

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