Michael V. DiNuzzo
Michael V. DiNuzzo
CFP®, ChFC®, AIF®, MSFP
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Vice-President, Retirement Income Specialists
Toll Free: 877.728.6564
Michael V. DiNuzzo is the Vice-President, Wealth Advisor, and Retirement Income Specialists of DiNuzzo Index Advisors, Inc. which has operated as an SEC Registered Investment Advisor since 1989 and currently manages over $640 million. Michael joined DiNuzzo Index Advisors, Inc. in 2007 serving in the Financial Planning department as an intern until 2010 when he joined the firm full time and was promoted to Wealth Advisor. Michael was a key component in DiNuzzo Index Advisors, Inc. being awarded the “#1 Best Places to Work” in Western Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh in 2008, 2013 and 2016 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Additionally, Mike has been awarded the prestigious multi-year designation as a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager. The award is given to wealth managers in Pittsburgh and across the U.S. who satisfy key client criteria and score the highest in overall client satisfaction.
His objective was to join a firm that uses a ‘team’ approach in making recommendations to solve for what lies in the best interest of its clients. Mike firmly believes that investment philosophy, world class research, disciplined asset allocation models, and especially fiduciary responsibility are necessary for a successful client relationship. Mike continuously demonstrates the critical elements for client satisfaction and success in the fields of Wealth and Risk Management.
Mike received his BA (Bachelor of Arts Degree) from Duquesne University and is a member of the Duquesne University Alumni Association. In 2016 Mike successfully completed his MSFP (Master’s Degree in Financial Planning) from Bentley University in Boston, MA. Michael is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and Mike has also, achieved his ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant®) designation through The American College. Michael V. DiNuzzo has earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has only awarded the CFP® credentials to less than 8% of all licensed professionals in the field.
In 2014 Michael was awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies™, the standards-setting body for fi360. The AIF® Designation signifies specialized knowledge fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The Designation includes an agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics. On an ongoing basis, Designees are required to complete continuing education to maintain the AIF® Designation.
Michael has been interviewed and quoted in the “U.S. News & World Report” and “The Huffington Post”. Both articles may be accessed on our website under "In the News".
Mike learned the importance of teamwork and leadership while playing school and AAU basketball during childhood and through high school graduation. He went on to play at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, and Westminster College, PA.
Born and raised in Beaver, PA, Mike currently resides in Ben Avon Heights with his wife Jess. He is active in his Church and community. In his spare time he places priority on physical fitness, having completed several half marathon races and one full marathon, while also finding time to play the piano and further refine his musical abilities. Mike is a member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
In order to consider a broad population of high-quality wealth managers and investment professionals, award candidates are identified by one of three sources: firm nomination, peer nomination or prequalification based on industry standing. Self-nominations are not accepted. Pittsburgh award candidates were identified using internal and external research data. Candidates do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final lists of Five Star Wealth Managers or Five Star Investment Professionals. Although this list is a useful tool for anyone looking for help in managing their financial world or implementing aspects of their financial strategies, it should not be considered exhaustive. Undoubtedly, there are many excellent professionals who, for one reason or another, are not on this year’s lists.
• The Five Star award is not indicative of a professional’s future performance. • Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. • The inclusion of a professional on the Five Star Wealth Manager list or the Five Star Investment Professional list should not be construed as an endorsement of the professional by Five Star Professional or Pittsburgh Magazine.
• Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager, Five Star Investment Professional or any professional is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected professionals will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. • Five Star Professional is not an advisory firm, and the content of this article should not be considered financial advice. For more information on the Five Star Wealth Manager or Five Star Investment Professional award programs, research and selection criteria, go to www.fivestarprofessional.com/research.
Five Star Investment Professional Criteria
Five Star Professional’s Investment Professional award goes to outstanding accountants, estate planning attorneys, insurance agents and select others in the financial industry. Award candidates must satisfy the following criteria to be named a 2017 Five Star Investment Professional:
Eligibility Criteria – Required
1. Credentialed with appropriate state or industry licensures.
2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years.
3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review.
4. Accepting new clients Evaluation Criteria - Considered 5. One-year client retention rate
6. Five-year client retention rate
7. Number of client households served 8. Recent personal production and performance (industry specific criteria)
This year, we honored seven Pittsburgh-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award. Learn more at: FiveStarProfessional.com
Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Five Star Wealth Managers” award recognizes individuals who help manage and implement aspects of the financial world. The magazine formed a partnership with Crescendo Business Services to discover which wealth managers scored highest in overall satisfaction. Crescendo administered a survey, by mail and phone, to approximately 1 in 5 high-net-worth households, within the Pittsburgh area. Additional surveys were sent to financial services industry professionals. On the surveys, recipients were asked to evaluate only wealth managers whom they know through personal experience and to evaluate them based upon nine criteria including: customer service, integrity, knowledge/expertise, communication, value for fee charged, meeting of financial objectives, post-sale service, quality of recommendations, and overall satisfaction. Both positive and negative evaluations were included in the scoring. Only wealth managers with five years of experience in the financial services industry were considered. Next, each wealth manager was reviewed for regulatory actions, civil judicial actions and customer complaints as reported by FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and other regulatory agencies. Then, before finalizing the list, wealth managers were reviewed by a blue ribbon panel. The panel was comprised of individuals from within the financial services industry. Although panelist comments were incorporated into the final score, safeguards were built into the review process to reduce the ability of panel members to influence the composition of the final list on the basis of company affiliation. The resulting list of Wealth Managers represents less than 5 percent of the wealth managers in the Pittsburgh area. The Five Star Wealth Manager rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience because the rating reflects only a sample of the experiences of the adviser’s clients. The rating is not indicative of the adviser’s future performance. The adviser did not pay a fee to participate in the survey.