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Nelson Couto and Anthony DeFranco have been chosen as FIVE STAR Wealth Managers for the sixth consecutive year!

Nelson Couto, CPA, CFP®, and Anthony DeFranco, CPA, CFP®, MS (Taxation) of Couto DeFranco, P.A. have been named as 2019 Five Star Wealth Managers and will be featured in the Wall Street Journal, February 27th issue. Out of the 6,097 wealth managers in New Jersey who were seriously considered for the award, 477 were named.  This is their sixth time winning this prestigious award. Nelson and Anthony were previous recipients of the award beginning in 2013.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as a Five Star Wealth Manager by New Jersey Monthly, and extremely proud that the work we have done for our clients has been recognized,” says Anthony DeFranco.

Couto and DeFranco are regarded as leaders in the field of wealth management. They combine their knowledge of financial services with over 25 years as CPAs, helping their clients with their wealth management and tax planning needs, along with assisting them with their financial goals and aspirations.

They believe the best way to help clients reach their financial goals is simple: to listen. “It is important to listen to where they are today and where they want to be tomorrow,” says Nelson Couto. The partners feel that clients are paying them for their knowledge—both as NJ Certified Public Accountants and as Certified Financial Planner™ professionals—so it is their responsibility to develop a financial strategy that is sound, objective and honest. This model has been their secret to success.

Nelson Couto and Anthony DeFranco, established the NJ CPA firm of Couto DeFranco, P.A. in 1992 and are located in West Orange, N.J.  The firm serves individuals, businesses, estates and trusts. For more information on their full suite of accounting, wealth management, tax preparation and planning services, please call 973-325-3370 or visit the company’s website at