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U.S. News & World Report Introduces the U.S. News Advisor Finder

New Directory Provides Unbiased Information on Thousands of Investment Advisors and Firms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and rankings, today released the U.S. News Advisor Finder, a directory of 320,000 active investment advisors and 10,000 advisory firms.

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Unlike a number of existing advisor directories – which require payment for inclusion and placement – the U.S. News Advisor Finder provides unbiased information about financial professionals and advisory firms to help consumers find qualified, knowledgeable advisors to work with to achieve their financial goals. The tailored directory includes active advisors who offer a variety of skills and expertise, and features a suite of online tools that enables consumers to search based on location, investment and planning needs, advisor experience and more.

"Whether you're saving up to buy your first house, opening a 529 plan to pay for your child's college education, optimizing your investments, or planning for retirement, finding a qualified financial advisor you trust is an important life decision," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News. "We developed the U.S. News Advisor Finder to help consumers at all stages of life make the most informed decision possible when choosing who to work with to achieve their financial goals."

Information about firms and individuals in the U.S. News Advisor Finder is provided by Financial Media Group and is drawn from state and federal regulatory filings, which are submitted to state regulators, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Information from these filings will be updated quarterly in the Advisor Finder to reflect changes or new filings submitted to and published by regulatory agencies.

The U.S. News Advisor Finder is part of a continuing expansion of U.S. News database tools, rankings, and information designed to help people make smarter decisions in life and work. The U.S. News Advisor Finder complements U.S. News' financial service product offerings, which include the U.S. News' Best Funds mutual fund and exchange-traded funds research portals, as well as U.S. News Money advice articles and objective rankings, including Best Jobs and Best Places to Retire, that help consumers manage their personal finances, plan for retirement or find a job.

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only "U.S. News Weekly" magazine, www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its annual "Best" series of consumer Web guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans and more.

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