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What is an Independent Financial Professional?

Heritage Financial Strategies, under the direction of Shanna Tingom, is an independent financial firm providing objective advice to our clients. We’re helping them reach financial goals that include saving for a college education, buying a home, saving for a wedding or other special occasion, starting a business, or saving for retirement. Shanna is an independent business owner and is not an employee of an investment or financial services firm.

Our Alliance with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.

Because she is an independent financial professional she has the freedom to structure her business in a way that best serves her clients. Shanna Tingom does her best work for those that are saving for retirement or a college education, nearing retirement, small-business owners and those that are divorcing. As such, she utilizes Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. as her broker-dealer to provide services including processing investment transactions, marketing assistance, practice management, and education.

The broker-dealer is responsible for regulatory compliance and adherence to securities laws. Working with Cambridge allows her to offer non-proprietary products such as mutual funds or life insurance, from different companies. She’s chosen to work with an independent broker-dealer so she can offer her clients unbiased investment advice compensated by fees, commissions, or both.

Cambridge believes in Shanna and her team’s entrepreneurial spirit. Rather than asking them to fit a mold, they empower them with compliance-friendly programs, products, and services which, in turn, enables them to provide customized investment options to their clients.

About Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.

For more than 30 years Cambridge has been serving its clients and broker-dealers advisors and their clients with their core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. Recognized in the industry as THE FEE EXPERTS®, Cambridge has been ranked as a fee dealer leader among independent broker-dealers for 16 consecutive years by Financial Planning magazine and is a nine-time honoree in the Broker-Dealer of the Year annual poll by Investment Advisor magazine. Cambridge ranks among the top 10 independent broker-dealers by revenue by Financial Planning magazine.

Heritage Financial Strategies is proud to align with Cambridge because of their commitment to core values which are similar to our own. When you invest with Cambridge, know that your assets are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Act which is administered by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). SIPC is a non-profit, non-government, membership corporation funded by member broker-dealers. As a member of SIPC, know your securities are protected up to $500,000. For more information, visit www.SIPC.org.

  • THE FEE EXPERTS® is a registered mark of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. for its investment advisory service for investment managers
  • Financial Planning magazine, June “FP50”, 2001-2016
  • Investment Advisor magazine, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2008 Division IV; 2003 Division III. A broker-dealer becomes eligible for this honor only after a minimum or 10 percent of its producing rep-advisors cast valid ballots. The ballots rate the broker-dealer in 15 different categories defined by Investment Advisor as relevant challenges and concerns. Broker-dealers receiving the highest marks in each of four divisions are declared Broker-Dealers of the Year. Results are based on experiences and perceptions of participants surveyed in June of each of the nine years listed. Experience will vary. Visit www.thinkadvisor.com
  • Financial Planning magazine, June “FP50”, 2001-2016
Reproduced with permission by Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. for specific use through December 31, 2016 by Heritage Financial Strategies.