Rankings are based on information prepared and submitted by the Advisor.

December 2013 – TOP RIAs

Gratus ranked #250 in the United States based on the following criteria:

Methodology: InvestmentNews qualified firms headquartered in the United States based on data reported on Form ADV to the Securities and Exchange Commission as of May 1. To qualify, firms must have met the following criteria: (1) Latest ADV filing date is either on or after Jan. 1, 2012. (2) Total AUM is at least $100M. (3) Does not have employees who are registered representatives of a broker-dealer. (4) Provided investment advisory services to clients during its most recently completed fiscal year. (5) No more than 50% of regulatory assets under management is attributable to pooled investment vehicles (other than investment companies). (6) No more than 25% of regulatory assets under management is attributable to pension and profit-sharing plans (but not the plan participants). (7) No more than 25% of regulatory assets under management is attributable to corporations or other businesses. (8) Does not receive commissions. (9) Provides financial planning services. (10) Is not actively engaged in business as a broker-dealer (registered or unregistered). (11) Is not actively engaged in business as a registered representative of a broker-dealer. (12) Has neither a related person who is a broker-dealer/municipal securities dealer/government securities broker or dealer (registered or unregistered) nor one who is an insurance company or agency.

January 2013 – Top 50 Emerging, Fee Only RIA Firms

Gratus Capital ranked #20 based on the following methodology:

Methodology:  In their annual RIA Leaders report, in addition to identifying the top 50 firms by AUM and by growth, Financial Planning ran the numbers to find 50 emerging fee-only RIA firms to watch. Firms were ranked by AUM growth since 2006. All have less than $500 million in AUM yet are growing rapidly.

November 2012 – Top 10 NAPFA Fee-Only Advisors

Gratus was ranked #6 based on the following methodology:

Methodology:  All firms are registered investment advisors ranked based on discretionary assets under management as defined by the Security and Exchange Commission as of Dec. 31, 2012. Greater than 50% of their business must serve the retail marketplace. Advisors must provide financial planning services or portfolio management for individuals or conduct due diligence on third-party advisors. They must not be doing business as a broker/dealer, bank or insurance company.  They can neither charge commissions nor have registered representative employees at the firm.  A majority of the RIA’s business must not be invested in proprietary products.

September 2012 – Atlanta’s Top Wealth Managers

No ranking is available.

Methodology:  The primary focus of our Board of Directors is to serve the needs of the investing public. Our multi-step verification process utilizes independent resources to objectively account for the accuracy and consistency of advisory practices. Comprehensively evaluating and validating twenty categories within a financial advisory practice distinguishes our process. NABCAP’s methodology is unique in deciphering advisors because it is primarily objective not subjective. The Board’s attention is centered on investor’s financial needs and an advisory practice’s probability to service those needs. Both investors and advisors can now rely on a trusted standard of excellence to help guide them within the Financial Services Industry.

October 2012 – 2012 Select Wealth Managers

No ranking or methodology is available.

February 2012 – Atlanta’s Top Financial Resources

No ranking or methodology is available.

November 2011 – Top 10 NAPFA Fee-Only Advisors

Gratus was ranked #9 based on the following methodology:

Methodology: All firms are registered investment advisors ranked based on discretionary assets under management as defined by the Security and Exchange Commission as of Dec. 31, 2012. Greater than 50% of their business must serve the retail marketplace. Advisors must provide financial planning services or portfolio management for individuals or conduct due diligence on third-party advisors. They must not be doing business as a broker/dealer, bank or insurance company.  They can neither charge commissions nor have registered representative employees at the firm.  A majority of the RIA’s business must not be invested in proprietary products.

September 2011 – Atlanta’s Top Wealth Managers

Methodology:  The primary focus of our Board of Directors is to serve the needs of the investing public. Our multi-step verification process utilizes independent resources to objectively account for the accuracy and consistency of advisory practices. Comprehensively evaluating and validating twenty categories within a financial advisory practice distinguishes our process. NABCAP’s methodology is unique in deciphering advisors because it is primarily objective not subjective. The Board’s attention is centered on investor’s financial needs and an advisory practice’s probability to service those needs. Both investors and advisors can now rely on a trusted standard of excellence to help guide them within the Financial Services Industry.