Benjamin Wong, CFP®, AIF®
Designations and Licenses
Benjamin is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designee.
Experience and Education
Benjamin specializes in helping clients find security and success in their financial lives. He assists with building wealth management plans and helps position his clients favorably for their financial future.
Prior to joining Mariner Wealth Advisors, he was the managing principal for Viewpoint Financial Network. Prior to that, he worked for Commonwealth Financial Network and several small regional broker dealers. He began his career at Waddell & Reed in Kansas City.
Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, East Bay and an MBA in finance from California State University, East Bay.
Benjamin was named Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisor, ranking #17 in 2022 and 2021, to Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors list, ranking #107 in California in 2022, Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors from 2018-2020 and Women’s Choice Award-Financial Advisor in 2019 and 2021. He has also received the Five Star Wealth Manager Award from 2012-2021.
Benjamin is an active musician. He has played with artists like Ronnie Montrose, Babylon AD, Peter Wolf and Larry Carter of Romeo Void. He enjoys cooking, golfing and spending time with his granddaughter.
Forbes’ 2021 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list spotlights more than 5,000 top advisors across the country who were nominated by their firms. The ranking is based on is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, gained through telephone, virtual and in-person due diligence interviews and quantitative data from a pool of more than 32,000 nominated advisors. Those advisors selected have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes or SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Advisors do not pay a fee for placement on the list, which is independently determined by Shook Research. For additional information, visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2021/02/11/forbes-best-in-state-wealth-advisors-methodology-2021/?sh=c2cacb56d22e
Barron’s publishes four financial advisor rankings each year: The Top 100, The Top 100 Women, The Top 100 Independents and The Top 1,200, in which advisors are ranked on a state-by-state basis. The rankings are based on data provided by individual advisors and their firms. Advisor data is confirmed via regulatory databases, cross-checks with securities firms and conversations with individual advisors. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record. The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success. For additional information visit www.barrons.com.
The Five Star Wealth Manager award is given by Five Star Professional. To receive the award, a wealth manager must satisfy 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including registration as an investment advisory representative, employment as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years, favorable regulatory and compliant history, firm review based on internal firm standards and accepting new clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed in the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. 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. To view the full disclosure and award criteria, visit: https://www.fivestarprofessional.com/search/Index?r=DIA&p=WM
The Women’s Choice Award Financial Program is based on 17 objective criteria associated with providing quality service to women clients, such as educational and professional credentials, experience, and a favorable regulatory history, among other factors, including letters of validation and background check. Financial advisors do not pay a fee to qualify for the program. All qualified advisors are listed on womenschoiceaward.com. Once qualified, financial advisors may purchase additional marketing collateral such as seal usage, enhanced listing or promotional products. affiliates and is no guarantee of quality of services provided to clients or future investment success. Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisors and Firms represent less than 1% of financial advisors in the U.S. For the year ending December 31, 2020, of the 566 considered for the Women’s Choice Award, 193 were named Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisors/Firms. The inclusion of a financial advisor within the WCA Financial Advisor network should not be construed as an endorsement of the financial advisor by WomenCertified Inc. or its partners and affiliates and is no guarantee of quality of services provided to clients or future investment success.
The Financial Times 400 and Ignites Research, the FT’s sister company, contacted the largest US brokerages in autumn 2019 to obtain practice information and data for their top advisers across the US and selected advisers with more than 10 years’ experience with $300m or more in assets under management. Financial Times’ methodology is quantifiable and objective. The RIAs had no subjective input. The FT invited qualifying advisors, about 940, to complete a questionnaire about their practices. This was added to their own research into firm practices, including data from regulatory filings. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, AUM growth rate, years of experience, SEC compliance record, industry certifications of key employees and online accessibility. For additional information visit: https://www.ft.com/content/ddb3b6e0-78bd-11ea-9840-1b8019d9a987