Financial Times

Rob Kantor was named to the Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers, in 2016 and 2013. Eric Wightman was named to the list in 2015. The list recognizes top financial advisers at traditional broker-dealer firms from across the U.S.  The Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (March, 2016). The FT 400 is based on data gathered from firms and verified by broker-dealer home offices, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s performance in six primary areas, including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials and accessibility as identified by the FT. Neither the brokerages nor the advisors pay a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 400.


Eric Wightman was named to the list of Barron’s “Top 1200 Financial Advisors” in 2016 and 2015. Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors Award is based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. The financial advisor does not pay a fee to be considered for or to receive this award. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients. This is not indicative of this financial advisor’s future performance.

Washingtonian Magazine

Eric Wightman was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of “DC’s Best Financial Advisers” in April 2016. Award recipients are selected by their peers. The Washingtonian editorial team sends out a survey at random with its peer nomination. Financial advisors who receive the most peer votes are listed in the award publication. Advisors do not pay a fee to be considered for or to receive this awarded.

Five Star Professional

Brett Bernstein, CFP® and Rob Kantor, ARPC, were selected as 2017 Washington D.C. Five Star Wealth Managers. They also received the award in 2015 and 2016. The award is based on 10 objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as assets under management, client retention rate, regulatory record, number of households served, education and professional designations, among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list.


XML Financial Group made the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the fourth consecutive year. This award is based on several factors, including revenue growth as well as internal employee growth. A $125 application fee was paid to be considered for the list.

NABCAP Premier Advisor

XML was recognized as one of the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCP) Premier Advisors for 2014 and 2011. The announcement was published in the Washington Business Journal. NABCAP is an unaffiliated, nonprofit organization created to identify top practitioners and through the process help reform the public’s perception of the industry and its professional membership. Advisors are invited and/or nominated to participate by submitting an online questionnaire. The multi-step verification process utilizes independent resources to assess the accuracy and truthfulness of the information submitted by participating advisory practices. NABCAP attempts to identify top advisors regardless of size, firm or affiliation.

Opening Bell Ringing Ceremony at NASDAQ

Brett Bernstein, CFP ®, attended the Opening Bell Ringing Ceremony at NASDAQ Stock Market in New York City’s Time Square on July 30, 2012. The event was hosted by LPL Financial.
Opening Bell Ringing Ceremony at NASDAQ – PDF

The Board Room

Brett Bernstein, CFP©, was named one of the Top Board Presidents of the Year by BoardRoom magazine. Brett serves as President of the Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. BoardRoom magazine annually recognizes the world’s top private club presidents, as Private Club Presidents of the Year, for their outstanding work, their understanding of the industry, and role and responsibilities of the club’s board of directors. (January 31, 2012)

Top 100

Rob Kantor was awarded Top 100 Independent Advisors in America by Registered Rep. based on advisory and brokerage assets under management in 2010, 2009, 2008 (August issue). Registered Rep rankings are based on assets under management.

Registered Rep

Rob Kantor were featured in an article titled, “The Entrepreneur Equation,” in November 2006.

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