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Paul Nelson CFP®
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LPL Financial located at Kitsap Credit Union
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Paul Nelson CFP®
Financial Advisor
LPL Financial located at Kitsap Credit Union

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner 2022


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This award was issued on 1/1/22 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 05/10/2021 through 11/30/2021. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 2938 Seattle-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 267 (9% of candidates) were named 2022 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2021: 2938, 284, 10%, 1/1/21, 4/27/20 - 10/30/20; 2020: 2735, 273, 10%, 1/1/20, 4/1/19 - 11/13/19; 2019: 2752, 290, 11%, 1/1/19, 4/23/18 - 11/9/18; 2018: 2452, 266, 11%, 1/1/18, 4/25/17 - 11/6/17; 2017: 1785, 436, 24%, 12/1/16, 3/26/16 - 11/18/16; 2016: 1678, 412, 25%, 12/1/15, 5/12/15 - 10/30/15; 2015: 2023, 530, 26%, 1/1/15, 5/12/14 - 10/30/14; 2014: 2649, 424, 16%, 3/1/14, 5/12/13 - 10/30/13; 2013: 2732, 664, 24%, 1/1/13, 5/12/12 - 10/30/12; 2012: 2697, 682, 25%, 1/1/12, 5/12/11 - 10/30/11.
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Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. Kitsap Credit Union is not a registered Broker/Dealer and is not affiliated with LPL Financial.


LPL offers products and services using LPL Financial at Kitsap Credit Union and may also be employees of Kitsap Credit Union. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of Kitsap Credit Union. Securities and Insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are not endorsed, recommended or guaranteed by Kitsap Credit Union or any government agency. The value of the investment may fluctuate, the return on the investment is not guaranteed, and loss of principal is possible.

Not Insured by NCUA or any Other Government Agency.
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Not Credit Union Deposits or Obligations
May Lose Value


*Winners appearing on this page do not pay a fee to be considered or to win the Five Star Award. Professionals with a digital profile have paid a promotional fee.
Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria-required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA 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 FSP, 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 FSP's consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP'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. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The 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 clients' 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 FSP 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 FSP in the future. Visit