Investment Advisor Representative Christopher R. Connolly, CRPS®, AIF® has been involved in the design administration and investment selection/management of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans for more than fourteen years. Chris is a graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance. Chris is a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist(CRPS®) and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®). He is also registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and holds a general securities registration (Series 7) and an Investment Advisor Representative securities registration (Series 65).
Chris’ commitment to the private pension industry goes beyond many advisors. He adheres to guidelines set forth by the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (PSCA) and the Center for Fiduciary Studies (CFS). The CFS is an association advocating increased retirement security through profit sharing, 401(k) and related defined contribution programs.
Through his role as an Advisor to corporate retirement plans, Chris naturally works with individual participants. He provides financial advice that helps individuals manage risk, plan for the future and retire comfortably. While a retirement plan is a key component to any financial plan, it is just one part of an individual’s full financial outlook. Therefore utilizing his team at Capital Analysts of New England, Chris may provide financial planning services that are all encompassing and customized to an individual’s needs and objectives.
Professional History - 1999 to Present
Investment Advisor Representative, Lincoln Investment, Capital Analysts, FT. Washington, PA
Licensed Insurance Broker, Massachusetts Division of Insurance, Boston, MA
Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America
Member, Center for Fiduciary Studies
Member, Association of Independent Investment Professionals
Member, Financial Services Institute
Bentley College School of Finance, B.S., Finance
College of Financial Planning, Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist
Center for Fiduciary Studies, Accredited Investment Fiduciary
Personal Awards & Affiliations
Named to Financial Times Top 401k Advisors
Named to Boston Magazine’s Five Star Wealth Manager List
Named to Rhode Island Monthly’s Five Star Wealth Manager List
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. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry 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 customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] 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 filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. 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. 2,530 Boston wealth managers were considered for the award; 632 (25 percent of candidates) were named (2016) Five Star Wealth Managers.
The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times. The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT's research. The listing reflects each advisor's status in seven primary areas: DC plan assets under management (AUM), DC AUM growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, compliance record and DC plan participation rate. Awards are not indicative of future performance. Working with an award winner is no guarantee of future financial success. Individuals should conduct their own evaluation. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.