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About Cambridge

Cambridge Investment Group, Inc. is a privately-controlled financial solutions firm focused on serving independent financial advisors and their investing clients. Cambridge is also a national corporation with a registered investment advisor as well as an industry leading independent

Cambridge’s national reach includes: Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc. – a large corporate RIA; and Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. – an independent broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, that is among the largest privately-controlled independent broker-dealers in the country. Overall, Cambridge supports several thousand independent financial professionals nationwide who serve their hundreds of thousands of clients as registered representatives and investment advisor representatives, choosing to use either Cambridge’s firm Registered Investment Adviser or their own. 

Our purpose is to make a difference in the lives of our advisors, their clients, and our associates. We will do this by continuously improving and refining our competitive differentiation, unique culture, customizable experience, and superior quality.

Broker dealer of the year

Cambridge has been honored by the votes of our advisors as ‘Broker Dealer of the Year’ a total of 11 times for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, and 2003 per Investment Advisor ¹ magazine; and was ranked fifth in the ‘2018 FP50 IBD Revenue Growth’ by Financial Planning magazine.² We have also earned an overall average of 9 out of 10 from our advisors based on Cambridge’s Annual Advisor Satisfaction Survey over the last 20 years.

Top workplace

As an industry leader, we strive to create a workplace that reflects our four core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness while fostering an atmosphere that allows our associates to thrive and enjoy our mutual success. Cambridge is also among the top 25 large companies honored as a ‘Top Workplace in Iowa’ for 2018, and is one of only eight companies consecutively ranked among the Top Workplaces since the ranking began in 2011 by the Des Moines Register³.

Culture counts and values matter most

We believe a firm's culture influences its reputation. We think you can take a hard look at a firm's stated purpose and values and compare that to how the firm's management and staff engage with advisors and manage business activity. Since our earliest days, our management and associates have been committed to our core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness; and these values guide our decisions and shape our efforts on behalf of independent financial professionals and their investing clients. We are proud that independent financial professionals who share our purpose and are dedicated to our values choose Cambridge.

Stability and independence

Honored to be among the most respected firms in the industry, Cambridge remains strong and growing – in part due to our conservative financial strategies and the disciplined efforts of financial professionals in their independent businesses. More importantly, we believe our long-term success is largely due to the appeal of moderate business practices and traditional values.

Cambridge is financially sound, has been consistently profitable for nearly 20 years, and maintains a strong commitment to providing resources and support that help independent financial professionals serve the needs of their investing clients. Cambridge has net excess capital and our debt consists mostly of mortgages on our 80,000 square foot corporate headquarters. We are privately owned by our associates, management, and advisors; and our leadership has spent over 20 years consciously building a structure to ensure we can control our future so independent financial professionals can better control their own destinies and their businesses.

Maintaining flexibility and preserving choice

Cambridge’s financial solutions are designed to provide a menu of choices for the independent financial professional as they choose the customizable experience that best meets their objectives for their business and the needs of their investing clients. To best support independent financial professionals and their clients, we continue to support traditional commission options while significantly expanding our flexibility and footprint within the advisory segment as we focus our innovation efforts on fees. At Cambridge, we believe investment advice and financial and retirement planning guidance may be based on compensation in the form of fees, commissions, or both, with an independent financial professional continuing to focus on providing advice and guidance aligned with the client’s best interests.

Innovation in financial solutions

Long recognized as a pioneer of the hybrid fees and commissions model, our continual drive for innovative solutions means we are at the forefront of succession and acquisition planning while proactively transforming services and business processes with a visionary view on regulatory change, product evolution, increasing client demands, and opportunities in the marketplace. Cambridge is also actively seeking and supporting Next Gen talent for the advice industry; and this includes The Next Step® internship program focused on professional careers for aspiring professionals ranging from corporate headquarters to advisor office leadership roles.

You control the journey®

At Cambridge, we know advisors need to chart a course that works best for them and their investing clients. The independent financial professional is the pilot, but Cambridge stands ready to offer guidance and choices that includes advisor-focused financial solutions:

  • Succession and acquisition financial lending plus business technology expertise
  • Advice solutions for both asset management and financial planning with portfolio overlay management
  • Platform choices comprised of a corporate RIA or independent RIA for dual registration or fee only business models
  • A full spectrum of middle office services designed for solo/ensembles, branches, and super branches
  • Outsource services centered on independent advisor firms, including business consulting, client marketing, and office assistance, as well insurance services

At Cambridge, we are business innovators, financial planners, wealth advisors, business builders, next generation, retirement planners, visionaries, investment advisors, succession planners, entrepreneurs, and business owners. We believe clients come first, and we all need the freedom to customize our business, our way, to best serve our clients.

We believe every journey is important

¹Investment Advisor magazine, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, Division IV; 2003, Division III. Cambridge received the highest marks from its advisors in the Investment Advisor Broker-Dealer of the Year 2018 Division IV category. A broker-dealer becomes eligible for this honor only after a minimum of 10 percent of its producing advisors cast valid ballots. These ballots also rate the broker-dealer in 15 different categories defined by Investment Advisor as relevant challenges and concerns by advisors. The broker-dealers receiving the highest marks in each of four divisions are declared Broker-Dealer of the Year by Investment Advisor magazine. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of participating advisors surveyed in the eight years listed. Your experience may vary. Visit
²Financial Planning magazine, June "FP50", Top 50 Independent Broker-Dealer Issue, 2018
³Des Moines Register, "Top Workplaces in Iowa," 2011-2018