Media and Press
Columbia Economics, Spring 2018
Charles and Lynn Zhang were featured in the Money and Finance Section of Columbia Ecomomics Magazine - Pages 26-29. See the link below to read "Q&A with Lynn and Charles Zhang".
Barron’s, March 10, 2018
Charles C. Zhang has been ranked the #1 Financial Advisor in the state of Michigan for the sixth year in a row. As reported by Ross Snell in the Barron's Special Report entitled "Leaders of the Pack":
Charles Zhang, 50, can reel off percentages the market lost in past downturns, then recovered in the next five years. He employs this skill to convince clients not to rush to sell and derail their long-term goals. “I think people started getting used to the market always going up, and not having even a minor correction," he says. “We deliver the message that the correction is very normal and they need to get used to it.”
Forbes, February 15, 2018
Charles has been ranked the #1 Wealth Advisor in the state of Michigan by Forbes for 2018. According to Forbes, 21,138 nominations were received based on thresholds, 5,089 were invited to complete the online survey, 5,264 telephone interviews were conducted, and 1,157 in-person interviews occurred at Advisors’ locations.
Please see the link below for Forbes' list of the Best-in-State Wealth Advisors:
The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2017
Lynn Chen-Zhang, was interviewed and featured in the Wall Street Journal's article "Community Relations: Thriving in a Small City. As stated by Lynn, "We believe that in order for our business to do well the community needs to do well."
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Forbes, September 26, 2017
Charles C. Zhang has been ranked #8 in the nation on Forbes' list of America's Top Wealth Advisors 2017. He is the highest ranking Independent Advisor on the list. The ranking, developed by our partner Shook Research, is based on in-person and telephone due-diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm for advisors who have a minimum of seven years of experience. We consider client retention, industry experience, compliance records and firm nominations as well as quantitative criteria such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms.
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Barron’s, September 15, 2017
Charles C. Zhang has been ranked #4 on Barron's list of America's Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors and continues to be the highest ranked Fee-Only NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor on the list. The ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms, the quality of the advisors' practices, and other factors.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September, 2017
Zhang Financial has been ranked the #1 Best Wealth Management Provider by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Grand Rapids Business Journal, June 26, 2017
Charles Zhang was featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal's article, "Inside Track: Foundation of Trust Propels Zhang to Top" written by Rachel Watson. Here is an excerpt from the article:
After almost three decades living in the United States and running a wealth management practice, Charles Zhang said his treasure isn’t in the millions he’s made — it’s in the people who trust him.
Grand Rapids Business Journal, March 27, 2017
Zhang Financial has been ranked #1 on the Grand Rapids Business Journal's list of Top Area Wealth Management Firms in West Michigan. (Ranked by 2016 West Michigan Assets Under Management). In the same issue, Charles Zhang was featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal's article "Zhang Financial Shares View from the Top of the Industry".
Barron’s, March 25, 2017
Charles Zhang was featured in the Barron's article "Small Stocks Fuel a Financial Advisor's Big Success" written by Steve Garmhausen. The following is an excerpt from the article:
When Charles Zhang sold his first house, back in 1995, his real estate agent noted that it was in curiously pristine shape. "She asked, 'Did you really live here?' " Zhang remembers. "I explained to her that I'd been working 80 hours a week at the office." Zhang, a Shanghai native who had come to the U.S. for college, had been working his tail off to build his business in his adopted country. And that hard work led to resounding success: Zhang, now 49, is Barron's top-ranked advisor in Michigan and manages about $2.5 billion for nearly 1,000 households. With rhetoric about protectionism now echoing around the globe, Zhang is stocking up on Treasury inflation-protected securities. He's also keen on small-cap value stocks in both developed and emerging markets.
Barron’s, March 4, 2017
State Champion, Charles Zhang is the #1 Financial Advisor in Michigan for the fifth year in a row. As reported by Kevin Burke in the Barron's article 2017 Top Advisor Rankings by State:
Charles Zhang holds a third-degree black belt in tae kown do, a sport he says keeps him both calm and disciplined–the ideal temperament for a long-term investor. After becoming American Express's top advisor in the early 1990s, he founded Zhang Financial, an independent fee-only wealth manager in Portage. He and his wife, Lynn, his business partner, serve about 1,000 clients, each with at least $500,000 in investible assets. He often helps clients with second mortgages, vacation-home purchases, and other matters. "We reward loyalty," he says. Zhang, 49, favors low-cost ETFs and index funds, and avoids hedge funds–whose fees he considers excessive–as well as margin accounts, because he never wants to be a forced seller. He preaches tax-loss harvesting and periodic rebalancing, noting, "We try to take profits off the table after a strong run." Right now, he likes financials, health care, global real estate, and emerging markets. He's wary on fixed income, favoring shorter-duration bonds.
MLive, February 2, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Lynn Chen-Zhang of Portage to the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees on Thursday, Feb. 2. "I thank Lynn for her committment to serve on this board and I believe her experiences will help the university continue to succeed," Snyder said in a news release.
Financial Planning, January 3, 2017
Zhang Financial was ranked #47 on Financial Planning's list of the nation's Top 150 RIA's. Rankings are based on discretionary and non-discretionary assets under management listed on SEC Form ADV. To capture independent fee-only planning firms, every effort is made to exclude firms with broker-dealer and insurance company affiliations and those with substantial outside ownership stakes held by private equity firms and some outside investors. As of May 2014, Meridian-IQ estimates that there are 31,739 total RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) firms in the United States.
U.S. News & World Report, October 12, 2016
Charles Zhang was interviewed and quoted in U.S. News & World Report's article entitled "The 10 Best Places to Retire With Only a Social Security Check". Charles states, "If you want to have a peaceful, more quiet life and also more reasonable housing, consider the middle west,...”
Barron’s, August 27, 2016
Charles C. Zhang has been ranked in the top 10 on Barron's list of America's Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors for the second year in a row and continues to be the highest ranking Fee-Only NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor on the list. The ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms, the quality of the advisors' practices, and other factors.
Forbes, August 3, 2016
Charles C. Zhang has been recognized as one of America's Top Wealth Advisors by Forbes for 2016. Charles is ranked #16 in the nation and is the highest ranking NAPFA-Registered fee-only advisor on the list. Inclusion on the list is based on factors such as revenue trends, assets under management, compliance record, industry experience, and best practices.
Money, June 23, 2016
Charles Zhang was interviewed and featured in Money magazine's column Ask The Expert. The topic discussed was "Will I Owe Taxes if I Give a Home to My Son".
Financial Times, June 16, 2016
The Financial Times has recognized Zhang Financial as one of the Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors for 2016. Factors used to determine inclusion on the list are assets under management, asset growth, the company's age, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record, and online accessibility.
Financial Times, March 31, 2016
Charles C. Zhang was selected as a member of the 2016 Financial Times 400 Top Advisors. Charles has been on the list every year since it's inception. Factors included in the rankings include assets under management, AUM growth rate, years of experience, compliance record, industry certifications and online accessibility.
Grand Rapids Business Journal, March 28, 2016
Barron’s, March 5, 2016
State Champion, Charles Zhang is the #1 Financial Advisor in Michigan for the fourth year in a row. As reported by Charles Keenan in the Barron's article 2016 Top Advisor Rankings by State:
Zhang is a fierce client advocate, once helping a retiree recover $100,000 in potentially lost benefits. The client had missed a benefit deadline by a single day, and Zhang persuaded the company to grant the 30-year employee the benefits. Zhang, 48, is equally intense on the investing front. A favorite tool is the limit order, which he deploys to take advantage of market drops. He recently set limits on 60% of his client account accounts at 12% to 13% below market levels, allowing him to scoop up deals on exchangetraded funds such as Vanguard Small Cap Value and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets. “We think smallcap is oversold, especially on the value side, and emerging markets offers a very good price.” He also thinks U.S. stocks are oversold. “This year the market will be fine,” Zhang says. He strives to keep investment management fees low by using index ETFs, and as an independent fee-only advisor, his fee is 1% or less. “Be honest with people,” he advises. “In the end, you win.”
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MLive, February 20, 2016
A building donation from Lynn and Charles Zhang has opened the door for Family & Children Services to expand into Portage. It's all about families, said Lynn Zhang, explaining why she and her husband, Charles, donated the original headquarters of Zhang Financial, 1302 W. Milham Ave., to local human service agency Family & Children Services.
Financial Planning, January, 2016
Zhang Financial was ranked in the Top 150 on Financial Planning Magazine's list of the country's Top RIAs. Rankings are based on discretionary and non-discretionary assets under management listed on SEC Form ADV. To capture independent fee-only planning firms, every effort is made to exclude firms with broker-dealer and insurance company affiliations and those with substantial outside ownership stakes held by private equity firms and some outside investors. To capture firms that provide true holistic financial advice to individuals, only firms with 50% or more individual clients, as can be determined through the Form ADV, are included.
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