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Our Plan for Private Ownership 

Why Cambridge is Not for Sale, Now or Ever

At Cambridge our primary focus is you, the independent advisor, and your clients. We believe preserving our commitment to you must start with the stability of management and ownership within Cambridge. We’ve spent over 20 years establishing a flexible business model, a committed senior leadership team, a legal structure, and a formal succession plan; all in order to stay focused on you and remain true to our core values.

"Private ownership allows us to be on the same side of the table with advisors and together we are independent business owners managing our future success."
-          Eric Schwartz

Maintaining the character and superior quality of Cambridge is the foundation that will sustain independence and private ownership for multiple generations. Years ago we realized that to inspire urgency for advisors to formalize business continuity and succession plans, we had to lead by example and embrace planning as a broker-dealer with the same enthusiasm. Independent and objective advice for the investing client is best delivered by independent advisors and broker-dealers with well-designed succession plans.

"Reputation, culture, and private control are the top reasons advisors cite in choosing Cambridge, and we strive to show our appreciation of this choice through service excellence and sincere partnership."
-          Amy Webber

Cambridge’s plan for independence and maintaining control of our destiny is primarily based on:

  • Leadership committed to culture and values
    Cambridge was founded by Eric more than 30 years ago.1 Over the last 15 years, Eric and Amy have developed Cambridge’s senior leadership team which reflects a culture and passion for independence. Together, we serve our advisors and their clients with an unwavering dedication to our firm’s values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. At Cambridge, culture counts, and values matter most.
  • Financial strength through profitable growth and service excellence
    As Cambridge moves into its third decade of financial strength and profitable growth, our commitment to our advisors is clear with our achievement of an average of 9 out of 10 overall satisfaction rating from our advisors for 18 consecutive years. In addition to service excellence, Cambridge has been recognized ten times as the Broker-Dealer of the Year2. Controlling our financial stability and future translates into freedom of choice as well as quality of service and expertise for your business and ours.
  • Stock ownership by senior leadership, advisors, and an employee stock ownership plan
    While it may be appealing for founders of some companies to cash out as they get older, this is not part of our succession plan or of interest to Eric, Amy, or the senior leadership team. We have spent over 20 years perfecting the succession plan now in place and already enabling the gradual transfer of ownership of Cambridge to those with a vested interest in maintaining private ownership.

Do you have a plan to ensure the long term independence of your business and the integrity of advice and service to your clients? We have ours firmly in place, and we stand ready to assist you with your independent journey and succession. We are independent. We are Cambridge.

1Cambridge and its predecessor broker-dealer.
2Investment Advisor magazine, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, Division IV; 2003, Division III. A broker-dealer becomes eligible for this honor only after a minimum of 10% of its producing rep-advisors cast valid ballots. The ballots rate the broker-dealer in 15 different categories defined by Investment Advisor as relevant challenges and concerns. Broker-dealers receiving the highest marks in each of four divisions are declared Broker-Dealer of the Year. Results are based on experiences and perceptions of participants surveyed in June of each of the years listed. Experience may vary. This recognition is not representative of investment performance or returns of rep/advisors. Visit thinkadvisor.com.

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