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Nvest Financial Group Donates to Harvey Relief Efforts

Kennebunk, September, 1, 2017- Nvest Financial Group has chosen to donate funds to the Houston Food Bank (HFB) and The Salvation Army to help the people of Texas affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

HFB is providing food and supplies to residents in southeast Texas struggling to rebuild their lives. HFB’s website shared: “An unprecedented number of people in the greater Houston area are affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.  The storm unleashed monumental destruction across southeast Texas.  For individuals who already struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs, the flooding is even more catastrophic.  The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but we've never seen devastation on this scale.” 

The Salvation Army is on the ground with their donations, resources and volunteers providing rescue efforts to individuals and their families.  They are providing food, water and shelter for victims, lending a hand with cleanup and putting people in touch with their loved ones.  The Salvation Army is also helping families rebuild, helping communities restore their businesses, helping with medical expenses, and providing counseling for those in need.  They shared this story on their website from Hurricane Harvey victims talking to a rescue crew: “I’ve been eating beans out of a can for three days.  Having a hot meal is so appreciated.”  Also at the same apartment complex, the rescue crew found people attempting to cook on a make-shift charcoal grill:  “We have just been trying to cook enough to keep food in peoples’ bellies”, a victim said.  “Thank you so very much for coming out to feed us and make sure we are okay.”

Although in Maine, Nvest Financial Group’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas during this time of crisis.

Support Staff Attend Conference In Boston

Nvest Financial support staff members attended Commonwealth Financial Network's Advanced Topic Symposium (ATS) in Boston, MA this August. The two day training session focused on the newest changes in the finance industry that impacts support staff and helps staff perform at a higher level for their respective offices.

While there, attendees also participated in a community service project with the organization Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes provides homeless children throughout New England a birthday party on their special day. 

ATS Birthday Boxes


While at the conference, Amanda Petersen was recognized as one of three staff members in the country awarded Staff Person of the Year by Commonwealth Financial Network. Staff members were nominated by their respective advisors, with Nichole Raftopoulos nominating her, and are awarded this recognition based on various criteria.

Amanda recently celebrated 3 years with Nvest Financial Group. As Director of Client Administration and Registered Paraplanner, she oversees both of Nvest's offices and provides direct assistance to Nichole on her clients' financial planning cases.

Staff of The Year Winners

Nichole and George Attend George H.W. Bush Celebrity Classic

On Tuesday, June 20th, Nichole and her husband, George, attended the annual George H.W. Bush Celebrity Golf fund-raiser.  Held each year at the historic Cape Arundel Country Club, the celebrity classic carries our 41st president’s name.  President G.H.W. Bush, or 41 as he’s commonly referred to, is a staunch supporter of the fund-raiser and has been attending the event since its inception in 2002.  Also attending this year was President George W. Bush, or 43, who showed up for pictures and a brief talk with guests and attendees before the event.

The event raises money each year for Gary’s House, which is operated by Mercy Hospital as an affordable hospitality home for families and individuals with loved ones receiving medical treatment in any greater Portland medical facility.  The facility is a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home for families who cannot afford to stay at a hotel while traveling for their loved one’s medical care.  Gary’s House is a tribute to the life of Gary Pike, a well-loved Kennebunk resident who passed at a young age from a rare cancer.

Nichole D. Raftopoulos of Nvest Financial Group Honored in Forbes' Top Women Wealth Advisors List

March 01, 2017

Kennebunk, ME (February 28, 2017)—Nvest Financial Group, LLC, a Financial Planning and Investment Advisory firm, with offices in Kennebunk, ME and Portsmouth, NH, today announces that its founder, Nichole D. Raftopoulos, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA™, MPAS℠, has been named to Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors list for 2017. The inaugural list was published on earlier today.

In 1995, Nichole began her career in the financial services industry before establishing Nvest in 2003. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Master Planner in Advanced Studies, Nichole works closely with Nvest’s clients regarding all aspects of the personal financial life by taking a sincere and holistic approach. This approach helps educate clients through all steps of the planning process thereby allowing a person to make informed decisions and helping achieve financial security. Nichole attributes her comprehensive and holistic style to her success.

Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Nvest’s independent broker/dealer–RIA, said, “Congratulations to Nichole on being recognized among this list of dynamic financial advisors. Nichole is a distinguished leader, dedicated to her practice and committed to bettering the financial livelihood of her clients. We value our partnership with Nichole and her individual contributions to the Commonwealth community, and we will continue to offer the support her business demands.”

“This honor is not only about me” states Nichole, “but rather it takes a team of professionals who are committed each and every day in working so diligently with all of our clients. I’m fortunate to have wonderful people as part of the Nvest team.”

The ranking of Forbes' Top Wealth Advisors(1) (Top Women Advisors) is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including a minimum of seven years of experience, a minimum of $1 million in production, and the weighing of factors including revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience, and best practices (gathered through telephone and in-person due-diligence interviews). Shook Research also employs an opinion-based weighting system that prioritizes its preferred “best practices,” which include business models, activities, processes, and structure. Overall, 2,723 advisors were considered, and 200 (7.3 percent of candidates) were recognized. For the full methodology(2) that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research, please visit: Forbes ranking methodology. 

Securities offered through Commonwealth Financial Network; Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services may be offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, a Registered Investment Adviser and/or Nvest Financial Group, LLC, a Maine and New Hampshire-licensed Investment Adviser. Advisory Services, Fixed Insurance Products and Services offered by Nvest Financial Group, LLC are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.
(1)This recognition and the due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. As your specific needs and circumstance may vary, you are encouraged to conduct your own due diligence.
(2) Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

Thieves skimming data from York County ATM users, sheriff warns

The York County Sheriff’s Office is warning people who use ATM machines that criminals using sophisticated skimming devices are stealing personal identification numbers and card data from bank customers.

Sheriff William L. King Jr., in a warning posted on the department’s Facebook page Sunday, said deputies found skimming devices on ATMs at bank locations in Wells, Sanford and Waterboro.

“The devices are sophisticated and the perpetrator used two devices to capture the PIN and card data of unsuspecting customers,” King wrote.

King said one device mimicked the card slot and actually fit over the existing card slot, which made the machine look unaltered. A second device was a small camera hidden above the keypad that took a picture of the PIN.

“We believe the thieves planned to burn the data onto a blank card to access the victim’s funds,” King said. So far, no customers have reported their funds were accessed.

King offered a few security tips to ATM users.

Cover your password with your hand.

Use familiar ATM machines and limit your visits.

Check your balances frequently.

Inspect the ATM and if something looks out of place, do not use it and alert bank officials.

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