For Advisors

Merit serves as a true partner for advisors. If you are looking to take your firm to the next level, you are in the right place.
At Merit, we believe we are Stronger Together.

Merit Financial Advisors is a national wealth management firm with over $8.1 billion* in assets that supports advisors affiliated with independent broker-dealers, as well as those who are registered investment advisors.

Merit’s mission is focused on growth - both supporting clients in exceeding their financial goals and supporting advisors in evolving and expanding their businesses. Merit provides its advisors and offices with practice management resources, a technology platform, operational support, and investment experience to help drive growth and deliver a more positive client experience.

Merit's vision is to build a growth-focused enterprise for our team that offers best-in-class investing and planning solutions for our clients now, and for generations to come.

Merit serves as a true partner for advisors. If you are looking to take your firm to the next level, Merit can help.

To learn more, schedule a confidential meeting with a member of our executive leadership team.

*Of which $5.8 billion in advisory, $2.3 billion in brokerage assets and with $63 million in assets under advisement. As of March 31, 2023.


About Our Founder

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Rick Kent discusses how Merit is helping to drive the growing interest among financial advisors to evolve their businesses, making the move to an independent business model, and a growing trend of consolidation among those firms. Watch the video to learn more. 


How It Became A Hybrid RIA M&A Powerhouse
The Atlanta-region firm is on track to add $4 billion to $6 billion in new AUM in 2023 alone. Click here to read the full feature.

About Merit

The Merit team serves as a professional partner on your path to growth. Merit works with advisors equipping them with the tools and resources needed to build revenues, expand your practice and grow as a professional.

Our firm is led by seasoned advisors who have a deep understanding of the needs and goals of successful financial practitioners. Our team includes experienced professionals across disciplines, including in-house investment management and strategy, comprehensive financial planning and life transition support, wealth management insights, operations, and human resources support. Our partners have achieved exponential growth in their practices as they leverage our industry experience, and resources.

Merit fosters a relationship-based culture that is built on integrity and respect – among our colleagues, with clients, and within our community. Our mission is anchored by several key principles, including humility, flexibility, and objective and goals-based advice.

  • Merit is committed to elevating and supporting diverse voices, experience, and expertise across the firm. As an example, over fifty-three percent of Merit’s staff is female and the firm has completed 4 acquisitions of female-founded firms since 2017.
  • Merit upholds a team-based approach that facilitates leadership and collaboration across the group for the collective benefit of the team and our clients.
  • Merit is focused on empowering growth and advancement among our advisors. We believe we are
    Stronger Together.

At Merit, We Provide Full Service Support

We work with you and your team to make sure your transition is seamless. We take many carefully crafted steps to prepare, plan and execute the transition to make it as smooth as possible for you and your clients. Our process includes:

  • Discovery: we take time to understand your staff and your culture
  • Assessment: we review your book of client base and business practices
  • Planning: we work with you to identify opportunities and challenges, as well as assign roles and responsibilities based on those.
  • Implementation: we plan and execute complete support through client communication, consent, and repapering processes
  • Go Live: we provide and oversee employee training, system conversion, and portfolio management implementation  
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To learn more about becoming a member of the Merit team or if you are interested in taking your company to the next level, contact us today!

Merit In The News

  • CityWire RIA | 05/23/2023 | Merit strikes deal with $460m wealth practice

    The Atlanta-area firm has purchased Planned Futures, a hybrid practice in Pennsylvania, in its fifth acquisition of 2023.

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  • FA Magazine | 05/04/2023 | How Much Are Rates And The Stock Market Hurting The Value Of Your Firm?

    Kay Lynn Mayhue, President, shares her perspective.

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  • Merit Financial Advisors | 05/04/2023 | Merit Financial Advisors Partners with WealthPlan, LLC to Expand Presence in Wisconsin

    The firm, which is based in De Pere, Wisconsin, will expand Merit’s existing presence in the region and increase acquired assets by $145 million.

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  • Merit Financial Advisors | 04/20/2023 | Merit Financial Advisors Partners with TFG Wealth Management to Expand Presence in Eastern Pennsylvania

    Merit is expanding the firm’s presence in Newtown and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

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  • Merit Financial Advisors | 04/18/2023 | Merit Financial Advisors Partners with INVEX Financial, LLC, Expanding Presence in Pacific Northwest

    Merit is expanding the firm’s presence in the Pacific Northwest and adding team members to their Issaquah, Washington office.

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  • WSJ | 04/14/2023 | People Are Investing in Bonds Again—Once They Figure Them Out

    Caleb Tucker, CFA Director of Portfolio Strategy, shares his perspective on bonds

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  • FA Magazine | 04/01/2023 | Merit Financial Advisors: How It Became A Hybrid RIA M&A Powerhouse

    CEO & Founder Rick Kent and President Kay Lynn Mayhue, CFP®, AEP®, RFC® spoke with Financial Advisor Magazine to share their insights about Merit's history, growth strategy, and recent acquisitions.

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  • Investor's Business Daily | 02/06/2023 | When Clients Want To Raid Their Emergency Cash, Advisors Weigh In

    Tait Lane, Regional Director at Merit Financial Advisors, discusses the importance of discussing emergency savings with clients.

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  • Investor's Business Daily | 01/10/2023 | How Merit is Building Out Its Tax Offering

    The $8bn RIA once aspired to buy a licensed CPA firm but has shifted to a strategy of sharing revenue with separately owned tax accountants.

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  • Merit Financial Advisors | 01/06/2023 | Merit Financial Advisors Partners with Financial Design Group to Expand Presence in Pacific Northwest

    Financial Design Group, Inc., based in Des Moines, WA, expands Merit’s presence in the Pacific Northwest.

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“People are motivated by purpose; we strive to build a culture that empowers our people to serve others in an impactful way. Our goal is to create a culture that engages each person’s unique ability to make a difference.”

-Rick Kent, CEO & Founder