Washington D.C. Five Star award winner


James T. Christy

Wealth Advisor
Northwest Financial Advisors
200 Spring St Ste 120
Herndon, VA 20170
Office: 703-810-1072, x113

Professional Approach

The clients that I have had the privilege to serve are primarily active and retired members of the U.S. national security and intelligence community.  Given their career backgrounds and familiarity with global economic and security matters, these individuals frequently maintain well-informed and nuanced views on geopolitical matters.  This core clientele is drawn to my practice, especially given my own over 40-year career path in Washington, including stints as Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Legislative Counsel to a Cabinet Secretary and an extended time period handling government relations for two Fortune 500 companies, including aerospace, intelligence and defense contractor TRW, Inc. My investment clients generally see both the threats and opportunities stemming from the interdependence of U.S. economic prospects and those of our global trading and investment partners. 

My approach is one of partnership rather than mere consultancy.  I form lasting relationships with my clients in order to better address their needs in a holistic and proactive manner.  Not only do I make certain to meet my clients regularly in person, I share my knowledge and expertise through email and social media channels such as LinkedIn.  Being able to connect with my sophisticated and knowledgeable clients in an ever-changing landscape has proved to be a helpful foundation to my growing practice.

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The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. 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; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 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. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. 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 this publication. 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. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 1975 Washington, D.C. area wealth managers were considered for the award; 100 (5 percent of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2017: 1417 considered, 106 winners; 2016: 1665 considered, 208 winners; 2015: 1837 considered, 227 winners; 2012: 449 considered, 97 winners.