Professional Memberships

Zero Alpha Group

Founded in 1995, Zero Alpha Group (ZAG) is a global network of independent wealth management firms, serving clients in a fiduciary capacity. ZAG is committed to providing objective, long-term private wealth management solutions, focusing on broad global diversification and a quantitative approach to investing. Members of the Group share a common philosophy about investing and client service – a commitment to structured, tax-managed investment strategies while providing independent fiduciary-based financial planning solutions.

In addition to the benefits of sharing in the best practices and research from these internationally recognized firms, clients also benefit from Foster Group’s membership in ZAG because of ZAG’s ability to negotiate lower expense ratios on mutual funds held in client portfolios. As well, ZAG negotiates with custodians to lower the transaction fees charged to client accounts. Foster Group is a founding member of ZAG. Visit ZAG online at www.zeroalphagroup.com.

Centre for Fiduciary Excellence

CEFEX is an independent global assessment and certification organization that works closely with investment fiduciaries and industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve risk management for institutional and retail investors. CEFEX certification help determine trustworthiness of investment fiduciaries.  As a certifying organization, CEFEX provides an independent recognition of a fiduciary's conformity to a defined set of Fiduciary Practices. It implies that a fiduciary can demonstrate adherence to the industry's best practices, and is positioned to earn the public's trust. This registration serves investors who require assurance that their investments are being managed according to commonly accepted best practices. Visit CEFEX online at www.cefex.org.

Investment Fiduciary Leadership Council

IFLC is the international association of Investment Advisors, Investment Managers, and Investment Stewards who have been certified by CEFEX against the Global Fiduciary Standard of Excellence. IFLC's mission is to provide its members with the market visibility, resources, information, and leadership needed in order to influence positively the worldwide fiduciary community. Visit IFLC online at www.iflcouncil.org.

Financial Planning Association

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) connects those who need, support, and deliver financial planning. FPA believes that everyone is entitled to objective advice from a competent, ethical financial planner to make smart financial decisions. FPA members demonstrate a professional commitment to education and a client-centered financial planning process. Visit FPA online at www.fpanet.org.

Kingdom Advisors

kingdom_advisors_logo The vision and mission of Kingdom Advisors is to engage, equip, and empower Christian financial advisors to communicate Biblical wisdom to their clients, apply professional principles in their practices, and live out their faith in their marketplace for Kingdom impact.  Visit Kingdom Advisors online at www.kingdomadvisors.org.

Des Moines Estate Planners

For over the 30 years Des Moines Estate Planners (DMEP) has been meeting to network and discuss estate planning issues. Foster Group has been a member for the past 10 years. Reed Rinderknecht, Partner, and Director of Client Relations was president of DMEP in 2005. Des Moines Estate Planners has a wide range of members in various professional fields including: attorneys, trust officers, accountants, financial advisors, and insurance professionals.