Mr. Freed has been in the securities and futures business for almost 20 years. Prior to entering the securities industry, Mr. Freed was an active Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) spending nine years as a Manager in the Audit, Litigation and Consulting Services departments of major public accounting firms including KPMG Peat Marwick and Rachlin Cohen and Holtz. His interest as a trader and Investment Advisor stems from audits and consulting services done for hedge funds and other investment institutions. His first position in the securities industry was as a proprietary trader in the equities and futures markets where he made trading decisions based on both technical and fundamental analysis. He then joined TradeStation Securities, a leading trading software and brokerage firm for active traders, where he spent 5 years as a Supervisor in the Securities, Futures and Forex Brokerage Department.
Mr. Freed joined Vision Brokerage Services as a Registered Representative and Branch Manager in November 2009 and became a Wealth Management Advisor with Vision Investment Advisors in January 2010. As a Wealth Management Advisor, Mr. Freed uses his knowledge of investment products and the economy to formulate strategies to help his clients meet their goals. These strategies usually involve combining more than one type of suitable investment, including but not limited to, stocks, bonds, annuities and alternative investments to diversify client portfolios to help mitigate risk. On an ongoing basis, Mr. Freed monitors client portfolios and recommends changes considered necessary.
Mr. Freed earned a Bachelor of Science and Management degree in Accounting and Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Masters of Accounting from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. He is a licensed Commodities Futures Representative and Registered Investment Adviser as well as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.
Mr. Freed holds the following FINRA qualifications: Commodities Futures Representative (Series 3*); General Securities Representative (Series 7); General Securities Principal (Series 24); Limited Representative-Equity Trader (Series 55); Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63*); Uniform Investment Advisor (Series 65*). Additionally, he holds a Life (Including Annuities and Variable Contracts) Insurance Agent’s license (2-14).
Steven E. Freed