Barron’s Names Edelman Financial Engines America’s Top Independent Registered Investment Advisor for the Fifth Consecutive Year

BOSTON, September 19, 2022 - Edelman Financial Engines (EFE) has been named the nation’s top independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) by Barron’s for the fifth consecutive year.1

“To be recognized by Barron’s as the top RIA in the nation for five years standing is an extraordinary honor,” said Larry Raffone, president and CEO of Edelman Financial Engines. “We are grateful for the trust and confidence placed in us by more than 1.3 million clients across the country. Every day we strive for excellence in service of our clients. And because of them, we are fortunate to be receiving this distinction again.”

Barron’s ranked RIAs based on a variety of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including assets under management and client retention which we believe reflect the quality of our practice and the client experience.

“Our firm’s long and distinguished legacy was built upon a simple but important principle – to keep our clients’ interests at the center of everything we do, as we work to help more people move their financial lives forward,” said Jason Van de Loo, head of Wealth Planning and Marketing. “It’s an honor for Barron’s to continue to recognize the high-quality financial planning and investment advice we provide and its impact on our clients and the industry.”


The Barron’s rankings are based on data compiled from a 145-question survey applied to their formula. The 7th annual ranking of independent advisory companies is based on assets managed by the firms, technology spending, staff diversity, succession planning and other metrics.


About Edelman Financial Engines

Since 1986, Edelman Financial Engines has been committed to always acting in the best interests of our clients. We were founded on the belief that all investors – not just the wealthy – deserve access to personal, comprehensive financial planning and investment advice. Today, we are America’s top independent financial planning and investment advisory firm, recognized by Barron's1 with 145+ offices2 across the country and entrusted by 1.3 million clients to manage more than $245 billion in assets.3 Our unique approach to serving clients combines our advanced methodology and proprietary technology with the attention of a dedicated personal financial planner. Every client’s situation and goals are unique, and the powerful fusion of high-tech and high touch allows Edelman Financial Engines to deliver the personal plan and financial confidence that everyone deserves. For more information, please visit

1. The Barron’s 2023 Top 100 RIA Firms list, a ranking of independent advisory firms in its eighth year, is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed by the firms, technology spending, staff diversity, succession planning and other metrics. Firms elect to participate but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Ranking awarded each September based on data within a 12-month period. Investor experience and returns are not considered.

2. Edelman Financial Engines data, as of Dec. 31, 2022.

3. Edelman Financial Engines data, as of September 30, 2023.

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