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About Cambridge Investment Research

Our Culture

Cambridge is an independent broker-dealer for financial professionals dedicated to offering unbiased investment advice to clients. We are one of the nation's leading independent broker-dealers and we are fully devoted to our four core values: integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. We are proud that independent financial professionals who are dedicated to our key values choose Cambridge.

We believe a firm's culture influences its reputation. We think you can take a hard look at a firm's stated mission and values and compare that to how the firm's management and staff engage with advisors and manage business activity. Since our earliest days, our founder and all our associates have been committed to our set of core values that shape everything we do.

Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) is an independent, privately owned broker-dealer with more than 650 associates and over 3,000 independent registered representatives serving hundreds of thousands of clients across the United States. As an industry leader, we strive to create a workplace that reflects our four core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness while fostering an atmosphere that allows our associates to thrive and enjoy our mutual success. Cambridge has been honored as ‘Broker Dealer of the Year’ for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, and 2003 byInvestment Advisor magazine;1 and was ranked 8th in the ‘2014 FP50 IBD Revenue Growth’ by Financial Planning magazine.2 Cambridge is also ranked 6th among the top 20 large companies honored as a ‘Top Workplace in Iowa’ for 2014, and is one of only 14 companies consecutively ranked among the Top Workplaces since the ranking began in 2011 by the Des Moines Register.3

At Cambridge, we know advisors need to chart a course that works best for them and their clients.  We offer advisors guidance and choice, common sense compliance, client acquisition support, business solutions, innovative outsourcing resources, quality due diligence, industry leading technology, and customized practice management.  In addition, we are recognized as the industry pioneer who developed the fee-based advisory model while continuing to support traditional commission business.

Our Stability

Cambridge is financially sound, has been consistently profitable for more than 15 years, and continues to maintain a strong commitment to providing resources and support that help our rep-advisors serve the needs of their clients. According to Financial Planning magazine's 2014 FP50 Survey, Cambridge ranked eighth in terms of revenue2. We have net excess capital and our debt consists mostly of mortgages on our 80,000 square foot corporate headquarters. We are privately owned, and have spent the last few decades consciously building a structure to ensure continued success without selling. In terms of due diligence, we have long mastered offering a broad product footprint with thorough due diligence based on our view that quality and choice are equally important.

Investment Advisor magazine, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, Division IV; 2003, Division III. Cambridge received the highest marks from its rep-advisors in the Investment Advisor Broker-Dealer of the Year 2014 Division IV category. A broker-dealer becomes eligible for this honor only after a minimum of 10 percent of its producing rep-advisors cast valid ballets. These ballots also rate the broker-dealer in 15 different categories defined by Investment Advisor as relevant challenges and concerns by rep-advisors. The broker-dealers receiving the highest marks in each of four divisions are declared Broker-Dealer of the Year by Investment Advisor magazine. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of participating rep-advisors surveyed in June of the seven years listed. Your experience may vary. Visit
2 Financial Planning magazine, June "FP50", Top 50 Independent Broker-Dealer Issue, 2001-2014
3 Des Moines Register, "Top Workplaces in Iowa," 2011-2014