Of course, some of you already know about this somewhat convoluted distinction. But, for those who don't, here's the deal.
In the eyes of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group is a group of "registered financial professionals." Companies such as ours are overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)—while broker/dealers are overseen by the SEC. Our company is not allowed to directly buy and sell investment products on your behalf. We are required to be affiliated with a "broker/dealer" who executes the actual transactions.
There are many broker/dealers out there. Some are better than others. The best ones are in a position to be very selective about which financial professionals they choose to partner with. We believe that we are partnered with one of the best broker/dealers in the country. In order to understand why we say that, we will need to get a little wonkish, so bear with us.