Sonya Arnold Motes named on 2019 Forbes “Best In State Wealth Advisors” list

Local Merrill Financial Advisor Sonya Arnold Motes Named on the 2019 Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" List

Columbia, S.C. – Merrill announced today that Financial Advisor Sonya Arnold Motes has been recognized on the 2019 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, published on February 20. In all, 1,019 Merrill Lynch advisors are included on this year’s list, the most of any firm.
“We are incredibly proud of Sonya as this is an honor within our industry,” said Joe Powers, market executive. “We believe Sonya consistently demonstrates what it means to be a leader in the wealth management space and is dedicated to providing our clients the highest level of service."
The Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" ranking was developed by SHOOK Research using in-person and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor based on qualitative factors (client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, and firm nominations) and quantitative criteria, including assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and not representative or indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance, or investment outcome. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking.
Motes resides in Lexington, S.C. and has been a part of Merrill Lynch’s Columbia office for 35 years.

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