Advisor Group Selects CAIS for Alternative Investment Access and Education
• by CAIS
Customizable platform solution meets unique needs of the Nation’s Largest Network of Independent Wealth Management Firms
NEW YORK, NY, May 5, 2022 - CAIS, the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors, today announced its selection by Advisor Group to provide a platform solution for improved alternative investment access, education and transaction workflow. Advisor Group is the nation’s largest network of independent wealth management firms with over 10,100 financial advisors overseeing more than $515 billion in client assets.
“We were looking for a trusted long-term partner and what attracted us to CAIS was their flexibility to customize the platform’s product menu, simplify the transaction process, and integrate our wealth management ecosystem to help solve the needs of all types of clients, from high-net-worth to mass-affluent,” said Shannon Larson, SVP, Platform Management and Product Development at Advisor Group.
Through the CAIS platform, Advisor Group’s financial professionals will gain access to a curated menu of alternative investment products, including hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and private credit. All funds will undergo Mercer’s third-party independent due diligence, giving Advisor Group’s Home Office and financial advisors additional confidence on the funds they select for their clients.
“We are pleased to be Advisor Group’s solution for alternative investment access and education,” said Matt Brown, Founder and CEO at CAIS. “Our platform’s ability to integrate with Advisor Group’s third-party custodians, reporting providers and other vendors ensures an easy and seamless workflow.”
CAIS’ platform seamlessly integrates with Advisor Group’s ecosystem, including the leading custodians and reporting providers. This integration automates and streamlines the reporting and document workflow process, enabling financial professionals to browse, research, transact, and operate in a connected ecosystem.
Advisor Group’s financial professionals will further benefit from access to CAIS IQ, a personalized learning system for mastering alternative investments. CAIS IQ will help Advisor Group’s home office with monitoring and supervising financial advisors’ learning progress on fund-specific courses provided via the CAIS platform in addition to foundational and asset class-themed courses available for CE credits.
“CAIS and Advisor Group share a commitment to lead with learning. CAIS IQ’s customized, interactive courses will provide advisors with the knowledge to help them allocate to alternative investments confidently while meeting our firm’s compliance requirement,” said Larson.
This partnership announcement follows the company securing over $325 million in growth capital from Apollo, Motive Partners, Franklin Templeton, Reverence Capital Partners, and Stone Point Ventures which values the Company at more than $1.1 billion.
About Advisor Group
Advisor Group, Inc. is the nation's largest network of independent wealth management firms, serving approximately 10,100 financial advisors and overseeing over $515 billion in client assets. The firm is mission-driven to support the strategic role that advisors can play in the lives of their clients. Cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship and independence, Advisor Group champions the enduring value of financial advisors and is committed to being in their corner every step of the way. For more information visit https://www.advisorgroup.com.
Securities and investment advisory services are offered through the firms: FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc., Triad Advisors, LLC, and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, and members of FINRA and SIPC. Securities are offered through Securities America, Inc., a broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Arbor Point Advisors, LLC, Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management, Inc., Securities America Advisors, Inc., and Triad Hybrid Solutions, LLC, registered investment advisers. Advisory programs offered by FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc., and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., are sponsored by VISION2020 Wealth Management Corp., an affiliated registered investment adviser. Advisor Group, Inc. is an affiliate of these firms. 20 E. Thomas Rd., Ste. 2000, Phoenix, AZ, 85012. 866.481.0379.
CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors who seek improved access to, and education about, alternative investment funds and products. CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, private debt, real estate, digital assets, and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. CAIS also offers custom solutions for advisors seeking to create custom fund vehicles around ideas they source.
As an extension of the platform, CAIS also delivers an on-demand, online learning experience, CAIS IQ, which is designed exclusively to help financial advisors deepen their knowledge and increase their confidence in alternative investment strategies.
Most funds listed on the CAIS Marketplace undergo Mercer's independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with the leading US custodians and reporting providers, which make investing in alternatives simpler.
Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering over 8,300 unique advisor firms/teams who oversee more than $3 trillion in network assets. Since its inception, CAIS has facilitated over $21 billion in transaction volume as the first truly open marketplace where financial advisors and asset managers engage and transact directly on a massive scale. CAIS has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and London. For more information about CAIS, please visit www.caisgroup.com.
Securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA, SIPC.
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