Pekin Singer Strauss

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management, an independently owned wealth management firm based in Chicago, has been named to the inaugural 2014 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) List.

“As fiduciaries who are dedicated to helping our private clients protect and grow their wealth through thoughtful planning and disciplined investing, we are honored to be recognized by the Financial Times,” said Bill Pekin, senior vice president of the firm, which manages more than $1 billion and also advises Appleseed Fund (NASDAQ: APPLX, APPIX), a mutual fund with a go-anywhere global value strategy.

Pekin Singer Strauss was among more than 2,000 independent  financial advisor firms considered by the Financial Times. The Financial Times sought to identify meaningful attributes of interest to its affluent investor readership, including assets under management, years of experience, and industry certifications.

“Our focus is simply to listen to clients and develop a customized investment plan and investment portfolio that reflects their life goals, their risk tolerance, their tax situation, and their values,” said Brandon Hardy, Pekin Singer Strauss senior vice president. “We help our clients make well-reasoned, thoughtful judgments in all matters related to their financial health.”

“We believe our value investing approach toward investing is also unique,” added Pekin. “We take a contrarian and risk adverse approach. By investing in securities which are inexpensively priced because they are out of favor with investors, we strive to manage downside risk and improve long-term returns for our client portfolios. Capital preservation is really important to our clients.”

The list of the Financial Times 300 appears in the June 26 special section of the newspaper’s U.S. edition, as well as on

About Financial Times and the Selection Process

The Financial Times considered RIA firms with at least $300 million in assets under management (AUM). Qualified advisors were then invited to fill out lengthy applications. RIA firms were scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance record, firm’s years in existence, advisers with industry certifications and online accessibility. Assets figures were checked against regulatory filings where available. They represent the top 300 as an elite group, not a competitive ranking of one to 300.

Pekin Singer is not affiliated with the Financial Times and has not made any payment for participation in this survey; although, the firm may purchase reprints from Financial Times from time to time. The results are not indicative of future performance and rankings of this kind are only one of many factors relevant in determining whether to retain an investment adviser. The results may not be representative of any one client’s experience. Please contact the Financial Times for further information about the methodology of the survey.

About Pekin Singer Strauss

Founded in 1990 and based in Chicago, Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management is dedicated to helping its clients protect and grow their wealth. With over $1 billion in assets under management, the firm implements financial plans and customized investment portfolios for its separate account clients.

About Appleseed Fund

Appleseed Fund is a mutual fund that seeks to generate market-beating returns by making prudent, disciplined and sustainable investments in a variety of asset classes around the world. The Fund was created in 2006 by Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management, the advisor to Appleseed Fund.

You should carefully consider the investment objectives, potential risks, management fees, and charges and expenses of the Fund before investing. The Fund’s prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund, and should be read carefully before investing. You may obtain a current copy of the Fund’s prospectus by calling 1-800-470-1029. Distributed by Unified Financial Securities, LLC. (Member FINRA)

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Mutual fund investing involves risk, including loss of principal.