Guardian Capital Advisors, LLC Receives CEFEX Certification

Local Financial Advisory Firm Joins Elite Group of Advisors Through Certification from the Centre of Fiduciary Excellence.

Raleigh, NC, December 25, 2013 --( Michael J. Hensley, CFP®, ChFC®, AIFA®, of Guardian Capital Advisors, LLC, a firm specializing in retirement plans as well as financial advice for individuals and businesses, has announced that CEFEX, the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, has certified the firm’s retirement plan practice. This certification is a demonstration of adherence by Guardian Capital Advisors to all fiduciary practices contained in the industry handbook “Prudent Practices for Investment Advisors.” In addition to increasing recognition and credibility, the CEFEX certification assures retirement plan sponsors that their plans are being managed according to commonly accepted best practices.

The standard in the handbook describes how investment advisors assume fiduciary responsibility for managing their clients’ overall retirement planning process. By having CEFEX certification, Guardian Capital Advisors increases its market differentiation, raises participant confidence and improves its ability to maintain evidence of relevant practices. The certification also serves as evidence that the firm carries a lower oversight risk for insurance providers.

Guardian has been certified ERISA defined contribution and defined benefit plans with a focus on profit sharing 401(k) plans. Obtaining CEFEX certification is an intensive process involving a detailed assessment of operational data and procedures along with interviews with key personnel. Legislation, case law and regulatory opinion letters from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA), Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), and the Uniform Management of Public Employee Retirement Systems Act (MPERS) in the United States substantiates the standard by which the certification is based.

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“We are excited to join the elite group of investment advisors by completing the independent certification process,” said Hensley. “Through our CEFEX certification, Guardian Capital Advisors is better equipped to ensure our interests are directly aligned with those of our clients and plan participants.”

About Guardian Capital Advisors:
Guardian Capital Advisors, LLC is committed to enhancing the financial wealth of clients by offering superior fiduciary services and a consistent and methodical investing approach for clients in all stages of life. The firm’s financial advisors help clients maintain and enhance the buying power of their assets over time with an investment philosophy focusing on risk management. GCA has three primary areas of concentration: comprehensive planning and advisory services for individual and business investors; consulting and management of retirement plans for businesses; and consulting and fiduciary services for nonprofits. For individuals, GCA offers a number of services covering all stages of life, including family financial planning and estate planning. For businesses, GCA maintains a core competency in profit-sharing 401(k) plans, specializing in consulting, plan management and education. For more information, visit

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