National Advisors Trust Chosen by Mercer Advisors to Provide Trust Services

5 August 2013

NATC's comprehensive, non-competing trust and trustee services allow Mercer Advisors to expand trust offerings and maintain client relationships.

National Advisors Trust Company, FSB (NATC), the nation's largest independent RIA-owned trust company, announced that it has been chosen by Mercer Advisors to provide trust and trustee services for its clients. Mercer Advisors is a total wealth management firm and one of the largest registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the U.S.

"We chose NATC to be our provider because they have excellent trust services and a unique business model that allows Mercer Advisors to continue to enhance and preserve client relationships," said Dave Barton, President and CEO of Mercer Advisors. "NATC's trust and trustee services are comprehensive, and they do not compete with advisors. We've received numerous requests from clients for trustee services, and are looking forward to using NATC's offering. It's a natural fit for our needs and for the needs of our clients."

According to Jim Combs, CEO of NATC, "The model of combining an RIA like Mercer Advisors with a national trust company that provides conflict-free trust administration services, is a more attractive wealth management solution when compared to other trust services options on the market today. NATC trust solutions offer RIAs the flexibility and customization they need to meet the diverse needs of their client base, while trust services offered by large bank trust companies are becoming increasingly inflexible, often requiring high asset minimums and lacking a personalized approach."

"Clearly, being principally owned by RIAs, we understand the RIAs' need to be able to offer a wide range of personalized trust services," continued Combs. "RIAs want to be named in trust documents as the investment advisor so they can honor clients' requests to continue managing client assets when assets pass to family members. That kind of continuity and high-touch service can only be achieved by working with a non-competitive trust partner like NATC. We see this trend growing, and expect it to continue in the coming decade."

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