Senior Adviser, CLIENT RELATIONS
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Chief Operations Officer
Client Relations & Communications Associate
9 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday
In 1982 Prentiss C. Smith formed an investment firm named Green Mountain Counsel. The company had modest beginnings, operating out of a family barn and devoting a substantial amount of early revenue to long-distance telephone bills, stock quotation services, and an Apple IIE computer. But it was also one of a handful of new firms articulating a thoughtful approach to the relatively nascent idea of socially responsible or ethical investing. It was an unconventional idea at the time. Some religious organizations had long eschewed a small set of industries within their ethical approach to investing, but the early 1980s saw interest grow, with a large push to divest from South Africa and its system of apartheid. This remains one of the earliest, and most successful, activist investment campaigns.
Green Mountain Counsel evolved, and was renamed Prentiss Smith & Company. We outgrew our rustic location, added staff, and are now headquartered in an historic building on the common in West Brattleboro, Vermont. Much of our early staff remains with the company, celebrating decades of continuous employment.
In 2002 Prentiss R. Smith joined the firm to help guide the investment research effort, and in 2017 he became the firm’s President. We experienced rapid growth in the aftermath of the dot.com bubble bursting, and again following the 2008 financial crisis. As we’ve grown, we’ve continued to refine and evolve our approach to investing. Driven by the shared philosophy of our clients, we now make environmental stewardship the core of our wide set of socially responsible investment tenets.
A concise, detailed report is sent to each client at the end of every quarter. This report shows the current value of the client’s account, current security positions, percentage and dollar change from the original cost of these positions, gains and losses taken during the quarter, and the performance record for the account while under the management of Prentiss Smith & Company. We want our clients to know exactly where they stand.
Our quarterly reports also include a copy of the Strategy Update. This Update covers our thoughts on the economy and the financial markets. In past Strategy Updates we have outlined our thinking on interest rates, debt levels, inflation, investment manias, international economic trends, corporate governance, and energy policy. The Strategy Update also covers our future investment strategies which are based in part on our macroeconomic outlook.
Security positions owned by our clients are reviewed on a continual basis. In addition, the asset allocation and performance of each account is reviewed regularly. Clients receive monthly statements from the brokerage firm or bank where their securities are held. We review for accuracy all trade confirmations and monthly statements received from our clients’ custodians.
Our investment management fees are based on the size and type of assets under management. Fees are billed in advance, at the end of each quarter, at one fourth the annual rate.
Our fees are based on the following annual rates:
All fees are negotiable.
We at Prentiss Smith & Company, Inc. are committed to maintaining the confidentiality and security of personal information gathered from potential, current and former customers. The proper handling of personal information is one of our highest priorities. As a valued customer who provides us with nonpublic personal information, we want you to know why we need this information and we want to explain our commitment to protecting the data you provide.
We collect and maintain only information necessary for us to be able to provide the services requested by you. We collect this data mainly from the application forms you complete when entering into a relationship with us, and from on going transactions within the accounts that we manage. The nonpublic personal information consists mainly of the following:
Name, Address, Social Security Number, Assets, Birth Date, Employment Information, Financial Goals, Income Requirements
We will only disclose the nonpublic personal information we obtain to your asset custodian and to securities regulatory agencies. At your discretion, we can also release this information to your accountant and/or attorney. We store this information with three highly secure information technology systems: Orion Advisor Technology, Salesforce, and G Suite. These systems can only be accessed by our employees and our software consultant.
We do not share nonpublic personal information about former customers to anyone, unless directed by you, the customer.
We do not engage in third party marketing arrangements.
All employees who work with confidential information are educated on the importance of maintaining the confidentiality and security of the information and are required to abide by our information handling policies. We have a signed confidentiality agreement with our software consultant.
We will, upon a customer’s written request, release nonpublic personal information to nonaffiliated third parties.
We recognize and respect the privacy concerns of potential, current and former customers, and are committed to safeguarding nonpublic personal information. We maintain security standards to protect your information, and maintain our systems to ensure the integrity of the information.
Prentiss Smith & Company, Inc. is registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Registration does not imply any level of skill or training.
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter is a globally respected, graduate-level investment credential established in 1962 and awarded by CFA Institute — the largest global association of investment professionals.
There are currently more than 138,000 CFA charterholders working in 134 countries. To earn the CFA charter, candidates must: 1) pass three sequential, six-hour examinations; 2) have at least four years of qualified professional investment experience; 3) join CFA Institute as members; and 4) commit to abide by, and annually reaffirm, their adherence to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.
High Ethical StandardsThe CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, enforced through an active professional conduct program, require CFA charterholders to:
Global RecognitionPassing the three CFA exams is a difficult feat that requires extensive study (successful candidates report spending an average of 300 hours of study per level). Earning the CFA charter demonstrates mastery of many of the advanced skills needed for investment analysis and decision making in today’s quickly evolving global financial industry. As a result, employers and clients are increasingly seeking CFA charterholders—often making the charter a prerequisite for employment.
Additionally, regulatory bodies in over 30 countries and territories recognize the CFA charter as a proxy for meeting certain licensing requirements, and more than 125 colleges and universities around the world have incorporated a majority of the CFA Program curriculum into their own finance courses.
Comprehensive and Current KnowledgeThe CFA Program curriculum provides a comprehensive framework of knowledge for investment decision making and is firmly grounded in the knowledge and skills used every day in the investment profession. The three levels of the CFA Program test a proficiency with a wide range of fundamental and advanced investment topics, including ethical and professional standards, fixed-income and equity analysis, alternative and derivative investments, economics, financial reporting standards, portfolio management, and wealth planning.
The CFA Program curriculum is updated every year by experts from around the world to ensure that candidates learn the most relevant and practical new tools, ideas, and investment and wealth management skills to reflect the dynamic and complex nature of the profession.
To learn more about the CFA charter, visit www.cfainstitute.org.
Commensurate with our belief in transparency, we make our SEC Form ADV Part 2A (our plain-English registration form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission) and our CRS (Client Relationship Summary, another SEC form that provides additional detail about our firm) publicly available here on our web site.
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