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New Jersey Five Star award winner

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Steve DeCesare, CFP®

President
DeCesare Retirement Specialists
10000 Lincoln Dr E Ste 201
Marlton, NJ 08053
Office: 856-235-3830
steve@decesareretirement.com
www.decesareretirement.com

Professional Approach

One of Philadelphia’s leading retirement transition specialists, Steve DeCesare, CFP®, is a second-generation financial planner who has spent the last decade of his career helping professionals transition into retirement with financial confidence.

His multi-disciplinary planning approach works to ensure that the investment, income, tax and estate strategies are in place to achieve each of his client’s financial and lifestyle goals for retirement. Steve specializes in offering guidance to corporate employees regarding their company sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k)s and pensions. He also advises on rollovers to and investment decisions within Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Additionally, he helps employees who are facing workplace transition with the critical decisions and financial plan adjustments that need to be made to help ensure a smooth progression of their financial life as they enter into their next job or retirement.

Steve is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Investment Advisor Representative of DeCesare Retirement Specialists, a Registered Investment Advisor. He is also life and health insurance licensed in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Steve is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and a  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner. As a financial resource, Steve has been quoted in numerous media outlets including USA Today, Money, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Bankrate.com.

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The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one clients’ experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 6,210 CITY wealth managers were considered for the award; 480 (8% of candidates) were named 2020 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2019: 6,097 considered, 477 winners; 2018: 4,383 considered, 415 winners; 2017: 3,868 considered, 664 winners; 2016: 4,143 considered, 626 winners; 2015: 5,063 considered, 672 winners; 2014: 3,315 considered, 646 winners; 2013: 4,049 considered, 733 winners; 2012: 1,312 considered, 400 winners.