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Carolyn Christoferson
President and Financial Consultant
Raymond James Financial Services
2825 Colby Avenue
Suite 303
Everett, WA 98201

1 First-year winner

Free Consultation and Second Opinion
Developing strategies to help provide an income stream for life
Working with clients’ attorneys, accountants and trustees
Taught more than 500 classes to more than 5,000 local investors

As an independent professional advisor, I can offer you a personalized financial strategy, not a generic investment program. Your individual portfolio will be based on your unique situation, your attitude, preferences and goals. It will be designed to account for change, both in the market and in your circumstances so that it can work with you and for you at every stage of your life.

My approach to investing is straightforward: I focus on becoming your partner in building the future you desire. As we work together, I will thoroughly explain the investment strategies recommended so that you’ll be fully comfortable with all aspects of your investment program. Every decision we make will be focused on achieving the results you want. My mission is to help my clients achieve financial independence through professional advice, sound risk management, quality investment products and personal efficient service. Also providing service to Seattle, Bellevue, Arizona, California and many other states.

Areas of Focus
  Financial Planning
Award Selection Process
   Identified by independent research based on criteria associated with providing quality service
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The Five Star Wealth Manager award is administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional). Five Star Professional identified pre-qualified award candidates based on industry data and contacted all identified broker dealers, Registered Investment Advisor firms and FINRA-registered representatives in the Seattle area (Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties in the state of Washington) to gather wealth manager nominations. Self-nominations were not accepted.
Award candidates were then evaluated against 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (please note 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); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 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. Five Star Professional finalized the list of 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers to be no more than 7% of the approximately 12,000 wealth managers in the area. 2,978 award candidates in the Seattle area were considered for the award, of which 597 (approximately 20% of the award candidates) were named 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers.
- Wealth Managers do not do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers.
- 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 client’s 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 Seattle Magazine.
- 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.
* To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history for this award, the person cannot have (1) been subject to regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine, (2) had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, (3) individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, (4) filed for bankruptcy, or (5) been convicted of a felony.
For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to: fivestarprofessional.com
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