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Of the few fiduciary firms recognized as leaders in the State of Washington, Petersen Hastings is the only financial advisor recognized in Eastern Washington. Sustaining leadership involves affiliation with other premier wealth managers in the U.S., including membership in the Zero Alpha Group (ZAG)—a group of advisory businesses with the best minds in the investments industry.

Financial Times | Top financial advisers 2018 - Petersen Hastings

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Over the years, Petersen Hastings has been recognized as one of the nation’s top advisors by publications,* including Medical Economics, Wealth Manager, and Financial Advisor. In addition to recognition as eastern Washington's premier wealth management company by outside publications, Petersen Hastings has been a final nominee for the Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year award.

Petersen Hastings became one of the first wealth management organizations in the United States to earn the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) certification.* This certification is issued as independent recognition of a fiduciary’s conformity to all fiduciary practices and ability to meet investor’s expectations for ERISA-defined benefits and deferred compensation plans, personal trusts, high net-worth individuals, foundations, endowments, and corporate-owned investment accounts.

In late 2007, we began annually engaging the firm of Roland Criss, the leading provider of fiduciary protection, to conduct an on-site evaluation of Petersen Hastings' investment process.

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InvestmentNews Best Places to Work in 2018 & 2019 for Financial Advisers

We feel privileged to have been recognized by InvestmentNews magazine as one of the Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers. Firms recognized with this award go beyond offering financial advisers attractive benefits and perks: they create workplaces that empower employees, giving them the skills and confidence needed to provide clients with the best possible financial planning advice.

Medical Economics 150 best financial advisers for doctors - Petersen Hastings

Medical Economics The 150 Best Financial Advisers for Doctors

Petersen Hastings is honored to have been recognized as one of the “The 150 Best Financial Advisers for Doctors” in the nation. We specialize in helping physicians, health care professionals, and medical groups with their financial planning and investment needs.

Wealth manager top dog report 2006 - Petersen Hastings

Wealth Manager Magazine Top Wealth Managers in the United States

Wealth Manger Magazine reports an annually exclusive listing of the nation’s leading independent financial advisory firms ranked by average client relationship size. Petersen Hastings has been listed in the Top Wealth Managers in the United States for many consecutive years.

Best financial advisers for doctors - Petersen Hastings

Financial Advisor Magazine Top Registered Investment Advisors in the Country

Petersen Hastings has consistently been included as one of the top Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) in the country. To be included in the rankings, firms must have at least $50 million in assets under management, be independently owned, and be registered investment advisors providing financial planning and related services to individual clients.


*Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Petersen Hastings is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of Petersen Hastings by any of its clients. 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. Petersen Hastings does not pay fees to be considered for any ranking or recognition but may purchase plaques or reprints to publicize rankings.

*CEFEX assessment process is based on the international standard, ISO 19011: Guideline for quality management system auditing. The assessment is evidence-based, and all work is reviewed by the CEFEX Registration Committee to ensure impartiality and consistency.

The assessment typically includes document review, client file sampling, on-site visits and interviews with senior representatives at the firm. The assessment is conducted by CEFEX Analysts who must hold the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst® designation and a minimum of the ASPPA 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation for ASPPA certifications. CEFEX Analysts maintain annual assessment training.

Where applicable, the assessment methodology includes questionnaires on regulatory matters, developed by expert attorneys.

The CEFEX certification standards are organized according to a four-step management process. The steps are analogous to the global ISO 9000 Quality Management System standard, which emphasizes continual improvement in a decision-making process.