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Notice of New SEC Regulations Regarding Money Fund Reform

Beginning October 2016, SEC-mandated reforms will go into effect, imposing floating NAV rules, fees, and gates on certain types of money market funds.

We encourage advisors and money managers to begin preparing for these changes given the time involved with the transition period and shareholder approval.  Evaluating current investments, regulatory impact, and potential alternative investments will also require a prudent process.

In response, Mid Atlantic Trust Company is pleased to present to you an alternative FDIC insured demand deposit* product called DepositxChangeTM.  This can be used as a standalone investment or part of a model in the qualified plan space.  Please review the following linked fact sheets for further details regarding this cash alternative:

Deposit Management Program I
Deposit Management Program II
DepositxChangeTM Disclosure

If you have any questions, you may contact your Mid Atlantic relationship manager by calling (800) 693-7800.

Mid Atlantic Welcomes New 401(k) Sales Director Michael Fillmore

Mid Atlantic Capital Group is pleased to announce that Michael Fillmore has officially joined the Mid Atlantic family to serve as our new Director of Institutional Retirement Sales.

MikeFillmoreMike has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and brings to Mid Atlantic a wealth of retirement expertise, including his most recent role as Director of 401(k) Sales for National Penn Bank. There, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s 401(k) distribution, including product development, key accounts, marketing, operations, sales and relationship management, and strategy.

In addition to having earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation, Mike is currently Series 6, 63, 7, and 24 licensed. He is also a graduate of Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia, PA, his hometown.

Mike will look to expand upon Mid Atlantic’s 30+ years as an industry leader in supporting investment professionals and financial organizations with tools to help attract, grow, and retain assets.

Mid Atlantic Forms New Partnership with Vertical Management Systems

We are pleased to announce that Vertical Management Systems, Inc. (VMS), one of the nation’s leading providers of data, financial networking, and account aggregation technology, has added Mid Atlantic Capital Group to its client roster.  Mid Atlantic will be utilizing VMS’ full suite of data services as a joint offering to assist our valued business partners with achieving their critical business goals.

VMS’ data solution Specialized Information Services currently services a number of Fortune 500  financial service firms.  These companies depend on VMS for accurate and timely information across a spectrum of mutual fund and ETF data.

“We are very pleased about our new partnership with VMS,” said Tim Friday, Mid Atlantic Institutional Group CEO.  “The implementation of VMS’ data solution will help us serve our clients more strategically through improved timing and cleanliness of mutual fund data for both current and future product offerings. Their automation and relationships with the funds families dramatically help improve the process.”

“Mid Atlantic is recognized for their entrepreneurial culture and a fantastic client focused reputation.  We are looking forward to a very successful partnership in the current product footprint and future product endeavors” noted Robert Ward, Chief Revenue Officer of VMS.

Meet Business Partner Derek Fiorenza

Mid Atlantic is proud to spotlight and honor business partner Derek Fiorenza, Vice President and COO/CCO of Summit Group Retirement Planners in King of Prussia, PA.

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Derek manages business development, client retention, and internal operations at Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc., an investment advisory firm he co-founded with his father, Anthony.  Together, they assist employers with servicing qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, along with supporting the financial planning and insurance needs of individuals through a prudent and disciplined approach.

Yet Derek’s commitment to improving the lives of others isn’t confined to providing financial guidance during office hours.  In his spare time, he also serves as the President and CEO of the non-profit organization, Fiorenza’s Food For Friends (F4). F4 collects non-perishable food items for distribution to local food banks at no cost.  In addition, F4 rescues perishable meals from restaurants and delivers them free of charge to homeless shelters.  You can read more about the charitable work of F4 by visiting: www.f4service.org, and its Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/f4service.

Derek also serves on the advisory board for the Brandywine YMCA and The Emerging Leaders Committee for The Chester County Chamber of Commerce.  And if all this isn’t enough to keep him busy, Derek referees and coaches soccer on the side.  He also enjoys exercising, reading, and playing the guitar.

“It is my goal to live a purposeful life serving my clients, putting the needs of others before my own, and helping to build up the communities in our country through my philanthropic ventures,” Derek says.

Derek has been working in the securities industry since 2011.  He has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at Villanova University in 2008.  He then went on to earn his Master’s of Science in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania two years later.  While studying for his Master’s, Derek played punter for his school’s football team and was named to the All-Region and All-Conference teams for three consecutive years.

Seek Advice from a 401(k) Specialist

Mid Atlantic would like to invite you to click here (or copy and paste the following URL address into your browser: http://pubs.royle.com/publication/?i=272855) to read the latest issue of 401(k) Specialist magazine on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone at no charge!

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When it comes to ensuring a secure retirement for hardworking Americans in a dynamic marketplace, 401(k) Specialist is the only publication devoted exclusively to equipping retirement plan advisors with the vision, specialized knowledge, and cutting-edge technology vital to their success.  Simply click here to sign up for your FREE subscription today (or copy and paste the following URL address into your browser: https://online.icnfull.com/for/?list_source=K5BE1MAG).

For more information about Mid Atlantic Trust Company’s wide range of trust and custody solutions for retirement plans and other accounts, please contact John Wight at 800-693-7800.

Mid Atlantic to Launch AdvisorSight™ Platform

Mid Atlantic Capital Group is pleased to announce a December 1, 2015 release date for AdvisorSight™, a fully integrated and customizable platform that delivers market-leading technology solutions to the Mid Atlantic supported advisor community.  AdvisorSight™ will be replacing our previous portfolio performance reporting and account aggregation service provider.

Please take this opportunity to click here for more information.

Mid Atlantic Welcomes Hoyer Insurance & Financial Services

We are pleased to announce that Hoyer Insurance & Financial Services has joined Mid Atlantic Capital Group.  Based out of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Glenn Hoyer is a sole practitioner with 28 years of experience as a registered investment advisor and had previously worked as a rep for First Allied Securities.  Hoyer is registered with both MACC and MAFM and will be managing 401(k) plans and retail accounts.

Glenn was introduced to Mid Atlantic by Greg Bakke of Expand Financial and the two have worked closely together on some qualified plans.

We welcome Hoyer Insurance & Financial Services to the Mid Atlantic family!

MA National Conference 2015

The 2015 Mid Atlantic National Partner Conference was held at the beautiful, award winning Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai, California. John Evans, Executive Director of Janus Labs, “Ignited” conference attendees with his dynamic presentation, “WOW 2.0 Igniting Your Business and Your Life”. In our second keynote, Dr. Ben Sorensen of Optimum Associates taught us how to increase our energy endurance both for the task at hand and for our entire career journey. Many thanks to John, Ben, and all of our other speakers and sponsors, and thanks to our attendees, as always, for making it another great event. See you next year!

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Mid Atlantic Welcomes Howard Capital Management

Howard Capital Management, Inc. (Howard CM), an SEC-Registered Investment Advisory firm, provides money management services for private clients, brokers, broker-dealers, and hedge funds.  The vision for Howard CM originated during the 1987 stock market crash.  With the opinion that incurring financially devastating losses due to market volatility is unnecessary, the firm initiated a plan to create a company with the main objective being to protect capital during market downturns.  After years of research, Howard CM developed a disciplined, systematic, and non-emotional method of investing designed to protect client assets during market declines.  In 2000-2002 as the market dropped, the firm reduced its clients’ exposure to stocks through its systematic method.  In 2008, Howard CM’s proprietary intermediate term indicator, the HCM-BuyLine®, again gave the company the signal to exit the stock market.  Consequently, the firm moved to the safety of the sidelines during much of the decline.  Offering professional money management since 1999, Howard CM has developed into an experienced money management firm with a proven track record.  As the firm continues to grow, it looks forward to using its systematic approach to assist with investment goals.

Compiled by Brian Lenz

Mid Atlantic Welcomes Symmetry Partners

Symmetry Partners LLC is an investment advisory firm registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Sidestepping traditional investment approaches and looking instead to academia for investment insight, Glastonbury-based investment manager Symmetry Partners has built a thriving business providing portfolio management to individuals, retirement plans, and institutions.  The firm has steadily attracted attention and assets since its founding in 1994 by partnering with independent financial advisors looking for a client-focused, fee-based approach.  Symmetry’s focus on helping investors optimize return potential while mitigating risk has attracted advisors across the country who outsource investment management and back-end support functions to Symmetry.  The firm specializes in offering marketing, branding, technological, and operational support to advisors to help them gain visibility in their marketplace, increase efficiency, and maximize productivity so that they can effectively grow their businesses.

Compiled by Brian Lenz