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Protecting Your Personal Information After the Equifax Breach


On September 7, Equifax, one of the country’s largest credit monitoring bureaus, announced they suffered a massive data breach, exposing millions of consumers’ personal information to hackers. Potentially, anyone with a credit history could be a victim of this unprecedented cybercrime. According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July and approximately 143 million consumers were exposed.  Hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases driver’s license numbers, the corporation reported.  Also included in the theft were credit card numbers for 209,000 people and certain dispute documents for another 182,000 U.S. consumers. As financial advisors, we understand the importance of keeping personally identifiable information private and protecting against increasing cyber threats.  In light of the Equifax incident here are the steps we recommend our clients take to protect their identity and accounts: Find out if you were exposed. Click on this link and follow the simple...

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Level Financial Listed in National Ranking for Advisory Firms


Financial Advisor Magazine’s annual ranking of large independent investment advisors listed Level Financial Advisors 391 out of 638 firms nationally, according to the publication’s July edition. Querying thousands of firms throughout the U.S., Level moved up ten spots from last year’s ranking of 401, posting 17% growth to $306 million in AUM (assets under management). “We’re excited about the growth we are experiencing and the results from our strategic planning efforts, as well as the commitment our employees have made to that plan,” said Level’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Heburn. The firm has continued its 2016 growth pattern with strong results in the first half of 2017. The company posted a record $337 million in AUM in July through strong market performance, marketing efforts, and acquisition activity, Heburn stated. FA Magazine  performs the annual survey as a means of measuring growth among independent advisors across the country. Firms must be registered investment advisors and provide financial...

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Press Release Amherst, NY: In a continuing effort to give back to the community, Level Financial Advisors, Inc. announced today the launch of a program that pays employees to participate in local volunteer programs. The new policy encourages employees to sign-up for activities with charitable organizations during work hours. “One of our coworkers made the suggestion and we thought, ‘What a great idea,’ said the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Partner, Michael Heburn.  “Our firm has a rich tradition of volunteerism dating back decades; adding this new component further cements that culture with our team.” The program is coordinated by Candice Broadus, who initially suggested the move in 2015.  Broadus has been instrumental in quarterbacking several charitable programs with the firm, including the company’s regular partnership with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.  Broadus has been with the firm since 2012. “We have a great group of employees who give so...

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Steven Elwell Honored by Alfred State

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Level Financial Vice President and Partner, Steven Elwell, CFP®, was recently honored by Alfred State with their Outstanding Young Alumni Award.  The annual award is presented to an Alfred State graduate who, within ten years of his or her graduation, has demonstrated outstanding service to his or her profession, community, and Alfred State. Steven graduated from SUNY Alfred in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Financial Planning. After starting as an intern with Level (formerly Schroeder, Braxton & Vogt), he took over the Financial Planning Department for the firm and was promoted to Vice President. He became a co-owner of the company in 2014.  Steven is one of four financial professionals with Level Financial affiliated with the Financial Planning program at Alfred State....

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