Effective January 2, 2015, certain assets of the entities formerly known as Gary Goldberg Planning Services Incorporated and Gary Goldberg & Co., Inc., were purchased by Bruderman Asset Management, LLC an Investment Advisor, and Bruderman Brothers, LLC a Registered Broker Dealer member SIPC / FINRA and will continue operating under the name Gary Goldberg Financial Services aka GGFS.
Variable Annuity disclosure
At Bruderman Brothers, LLC (BBLLC) we receive compensation from the issuers of all of the variable annuities that are available to our brokerage customers. The compensation includes up-front commissions, trailing commissions, and may include payments for both administrative services that we provide, and payments made in connection with programs that support our marketing and sales-force education and training efforts (referred to here as "Sponsorship Programs").
The variable annuity issuers that participate in the Sponsorship Programs are listed in the chart below (Participating Sponsors). The payments made under the Sponsorship Programs are calculated based upon the assets that are invested in the variable annuity contracts issued by the Participating Sponsors (a Participating Annuity), including assets held in fee-based advisory programs at Bruderman Asset Management, LLC (BAM). BBLLC may receive compensation of up to 0.40 percent of the assets invested in a Participating Annuity. For example, if you held $10,000 dollars in a Participating Annuity for one year, BBLLC could receive up to $40. BBLLC Financial Advisors do not receive any part of these payments. We believe that these programs do not compromise the advice your Financial Adviser gives you.
AIG SunAmerica Life
Allstate Life Insurance Company
American Skandia, a Prudential Financial Company
AXA Distributors LLC
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Lincoln Financial Distributors, Inc.
MassMutual Life Insurance Company
Metlife Investors Insurance Company
Nationwide Life Insurance Company
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Scudder Distributors, Inc.
Sun Life Financial Distributors, Inc.
Transamerica Capital, Inc.
USAllianz Investor Services, LLC
Information about a variable annuity's fees and expenses may be found in the fee table located
in the variable annuity contract document.
Variable annuities are sold by prospectus, which contains more complete information including investment objectives, risk factors, fees, surrender charges and other costs as well as other information about the investment company. Read it carefully before investing or sending money.
Investors are strongly advised to consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the investment company carefully before investing. A prospectus for any of the above referenced Variable Annuities can be obtained by calling our Investor Services Department at (800) 433-0323 extension 216.
Mutual Funds Compensation disclosure
At Bruderman Brothers, LLC (BBLLC) we receive compensation from all of the mutual fund families that are available to our brokerage customers. These payments include commissions (sometimes referred to as "loads"), trailing commissions (including so-called 12b-1 payments), payments for administrative services that we provide, and payments made in connection with programs that support our marketing and sales-force education and training efforts (referred to here as "Sponsorship Programs").
MUTUAL FUNDS IN GG & CO.'S SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
The mutual fund families that participate in the Sponsorship Programs are listed in the chart below. The payments made under the Sponsorship Programs are calculated based upon the assets that are held at the participating mutual fund family, including assets held in fee-based advisory programs at Bruderman Asset Management, LLC (BAM). BBLLC may receive compensation of up to 0.50 percent of the assets held at the mutual fund family. For example, if you held $10,000 dollars with a participating mutual fund family for one year, BBLLC could receive up to $50. BBLLC Financial Advisors do not receive any part of these payments. BBLLC also assesses a $15 ticket charge for automated purchases of mutual funds. Generally, the mutual fund families that participate in the Sponsorship Programs may subsidize some of these ticket charges. (American Funds does not subsidize ticket charge reductions.) As indicated on the chart below, in some cases the ticket charge is waived completely, and in other cases it is discounted. Every mutual fund offered by BBLLC also may be purchased without a ticket charge by processing the transaction with a check and application sent directly to the mutual fund company. We believe that these programs do not compromise the advice your Financial Advisor gives you.
Allianz Global Investors
Eaton Vance Managed Investments
Federated Fidelity Advisor
Franklin Templeton Investments
The Hartford (Planco/Hartford)
IXIS Asset Management
John Hancock Funds
MFS Investment Management
Van Kampen Investments
WM Group of Funds
TRAILING COMMISSIONS INFORMATION
Many mutual funds pay BBLLC trailing commissions (including so-called 12b-1 payments). BBLLC usually retains a portion of these fees as compensation for services we provide, and pays the remainder to its Financial Advisors, as compensation for the services that they provide to their clients.
Information about a mutual fund's fees and expenses may be found in the fee table located in the fund's prospectus. Also, the fund's statement of additional information contains important information that you may wish to read.
Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any mutual fund they intend to invest in. This and other important information is contained in the prospectuses, which can be obtained from your financial adviser and should be read carefully before investing. Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity.
Investors are strongly advised to consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the investment company carefully before investing. A prospectus for any of the above referenced Mutual Funds can be obtained by calling our Investor Services Department at (800) 433-0323 extension 216.
Business Continuity Planning
Bruderman Brothers, LLC has developed a Business Continuity Plan on how we will respond to events that significantly disrupt our business. Since the timing and impact of disasters and disruptions is unpredictable, we will have to be flexible in responding to actual events as they occur. With that in mind, we are providing you with this information on our business continuity plan.
If after a significant business disruption you cannot contact us as you usually do, you should call our alternative number, below, or visit our web site, www.ggfs.com, for updated information. If you cannot contact us, our clearing firm is National Financial Services, LLC, 200 Liberty Street, NY 10281, 617-563-5977, online at nationalfinancial.com. National Financial Services can provide you with prompt access to funds and securities, or provide any other security transfer transactions.
OUR BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN
We plan to quickly recover and, where reasonable, resume business operations after a significant business disruption and respond by safeguarding our employees and property, making a financial and operational assessment, protecting the firm's books and records, and allowing our customers to transact business. In short, our business continuity plan is designed to permit our firm to resume operations as quickly as possible, given the scope and severity of the significant business disruption.
Our business continuity plan addresses: data back up and recovery; all mission critical systems; financial and operational assessments; alternative communications with customers, employees, and regulators; alternate physical location of employees; critical supplier, contractor, bank and counter-party impact; regulatory reporting; and assuring our customers prompt access to their funds and securities if we are unable to continue our business.
Our clearing firm, National Financial Services, backs up our important records in a geographically separate area. While every emergency situation poses unique problems based on external factors, such as time of day and the severity of the disruption, we have been advised, by our clearing firm that its objective is to restore its own operations and be able to complete existing transactions and accept new transactions and payments within 24 hours. Your orders and requests for funds and securities could be delayed during this period.
Significant business disruptions can vary in their scope, such as only our firm, a single building housing our firm, the business district where our firm is located, the city where we are located, or the whole region. Within each of these areas, the severity of the disruption can also vary from minimal to severe. In a disruption to only our firm or a building housing our firm, we will transfer our operations to a local site when needed and expect to recover and resume business within 24 hours. In a disruption affecting our business district, city, or region, we will transfer our operations to a site outside of the affected area, and recover and resume business within 48 hours. In either situation, we plan to continue in business, transfer operations to our clearing firm if necessary, and notify you through our customer numbers
(845-368-2900 or the alternate number, 800-433-0323) or website of current contact information. If the business disruption is so severe that it prevents us from remaining in business, we will assure our customer's prompt access to their funds and securities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have questions about our business continuity planning, you can contact Oliver Pursche by phone at 845-368-2901 or by email at email@example.com.
Proxy Voting Disclosure
Bruderman Asset Management, LLC (BAM) does not generally have authority to vote proxies on behalf of clients. The firm does, however, have this authority where it acts as General Partner for private investment vehicles. BAM will vote proxies in the best interests of the partnerships and will disclose material conflicts of interest. BAM's written procedures addressing proxy voting and the handling of material conflicts are available to clients upon written request.
For more information see the Disclosure Brochure.