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CRI Securities, LLC is a fee-based firm located in St. Paul, Minnesota. This firm mainly earns its compensation from asset-based fees, hourly fees and fixed fees, but certain advisors also charge commissions for investment products and services.

The firm is both a registered investment advisor and a registered broker-dealer. It also mandates that its advisors meet at least one of the following requirements: (1) qualify as a certified financial planner (CFP), chartered financial analyst (CFA) or chartered financial consultant (ChFC); (2) pass the Series 65 or the Series 66 exams; or (3) meet state and firm registration requirements. While plenty of firms have advisors with these certifications, requiring it of all advisors is relatively rare.

CRI Securities Background

CRI has provided investment advisory and brokerage services since 2003. In addition to the previously mentioned advisor criteria, CRI also requires its professionals to be both registered representatives of the firm and licensed insurance agents for Minnesota Life Insurance Company. 

Minnesota Life Insurance Company owns 50% of CRI’s voting securities. Philip C. Richards owns the other 50%. CRI is also affiliated with Securian Financial Services, Inc. 

CRI Securities Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

CRI Securities serves individuals, high-net-worth individuals, pension and profit sharing plans, charitable organizations and corporations. 

The firm’s minimum account sizes vary based on account type. For instance, the CRI Asset Allocation program has a minimum account size requirement of $50,000. Minimums can range from $500,000 to $2.5 million for the SEI Managed Account Solutions and Integrated Managed Account program. The SEI Distribution Focused Strategies program has minimums ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. 

Services Offered by CRI Securities

CRI Securities offers the following advisory services:

  • Financial planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors
  • Educational seminars/workshops

CRI Securities Investment Philosophy 

CRI says it provides investment strategies and products that give clients diversified portfolios. The firm also fpcuses on long-term strategies, and it regularly employs modern portfolio theory and fundamental analysis. In developing customized target allocation strategies for clients, CRI will use margin transactions, short-term strategies and option writing. 

The firm invests in mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), common and preferred stocks, fixed income investments, commercial paper, certificates of deposit (CDs), municipal securities and U.S. government securities.

Fees Under CRI Securities 

For financial planning services, CRI charges a maximum hourly rate of $500. Fees for seminar and educational services generally don’t exceed a fixed rate of $499 per person. The firm offers two different fee schedules for its standard portfolio management services: one for accounts opened before September 25, 2014, and the other for accounts opened after that date. We’ve listed those fee schedules below:

For accounts opened on or before September 25, 2014
Amount of assets Annual fee
First $500,000 1.75%
Next $1.5 million 1.10%
Next $1.0 million 0.90%
Next $1.0 million 0.70%
Next $1.0 million 0.45%
Over $5 million 0.20%


For accounts opened after September 25, 2014
Amount of assets Annual fee
First $500,000 1.75%
Next $1.5 million 1.10%
Next $1.0 million 0.90%
Next $1.0 million 0.70%
Over $4 million 0.50%


*Estimated investment management fees do not include brokerage, custodial, third-party manager or other fees, which can vary in amount. Fee amounts are based on standard fee schedule for accounts opened after September 25, 2014.
Estimated Investment Management Fees at CRI Securities*
Your Assets CRI Securities Fee Amount
$500K $8,750
$1MM $14,250
$5MM $46,250
$10MM $71,250

Learn more about advisors' typical costs here.

What to Watch Out For

CRI has only one disclosure listed on its Form ADV; the SEC doesn’t specify the exact violation. One thing to note is that CRI advisors may earn additional compensation from mutual fund 12b-1 fees and other investment products. This could incentivize advisors to favor products with higher fees, but the firm says it mitigates any potential conflicts of interest by acting as a fiduciary. 

Opening an Account with CRI Securities 

If you’re thinking about investing with CRI, you can visit the firm’s office or call an advisor at (800) 820-4205.

All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.

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