Ranked in the top two 2017 & 2016 Independent Advisory Firms by Barron's.

Ranked in the top two 2017 & 2016 Independent Advisory Firms by Barron's.

Ranked #1 Advisor in Ohio by Barron's in 2017 & 2016.


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Barron’s Rankings
Barron’s – 2017 Top 20 Independent Advisory Firm – Mariner Holdings #2; Barron’s – 2016 Top 20 Independent Advisory Firm – Mariner Holdings #1; Barron’s – 2016 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Valerie Newell #20; Barron’s – 2016 Top Advisor: Ohio – Valerie Newell #1; Barron’s – 2016 Top Women Financial Advisors – Valerie Newell #4; Barron’s – 2015 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Valerie Newell #29; Barron’s – 2014 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Martin Bicknell #2; The 2017, 2016 and 2014 Barron’s ranking for Mariner Holdings and Martin Bicknell, respectively, are based upon information compiled using data for Mariner Holdings’ registered investment adviser subsidiaries. The 2015 and 2016 Barron’s rankings for Valerie Newell are based upon information compiled using data for RiverPointCapital Management. Barron’s published its Inaugural Top 20 Independent Advisory Firms in 2016 based upon a number of criteria and the firms’ filings with the SEC were used to cross-check the data provided to Barron’s. The criteria, which was also used in 2017, includes the firms’ number of clients, employees, advisors, offices and state locations.

Barron’s also publishes four financial advisor rankings each year: The Top 100, The Top 100 Women, The Top 100 Independents and The Top 1,000, in which advisors are ranked on a state-by-state basis. The rankings are based on data provided by individual advisors and their firms. Advisor data is confirmed via regulatory databases, cross-checks with securities firms and conversations with individual advisors. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record. For additional information visit

CNBC Ranking
CNBC Top-Rated Wealth Management Firms – Top 100 Fee-only Wealth Management Firms of 2014 Adams Hall Wealth Advisors ranked #6 (currently Mariner Wealth Advisors-Oklahoma). The CNBC Digital editorial team, along with Meridian-IQ, created the following ranking methodology for its Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms rankings. Scores for each measure listed below were weighted according to a proprietary formula to arrive at a final total rank: Assets under management, having staff with professional designations such as a CFP or CFA, working with third-party professionals such as attorneys or CPAs, average account size, client segmentation Growth of assets, years in business Number of advisory clients, providing advice on insurance solutions.

Firms with greater AUM totals were given a higher ranking in the case of numerical ties of the above formula.The Meridian/AdviceIQ team then applied the formula to the Meridian-IQ database of all RIAs to create the list. The final step to create the Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms list for was to apply the AdviceIQ Regulatory Compliance Review (RCR) process to the master list and eliminate any firm that failed the RCR process. The RCR process is a due-diligence process whereby each advisory firm was compared to the RCR database of all regulatory actions from all four primary regulators: SEC, FINRA, state regulators and state insurance commissioners. In order to pass the RCR process, an advisory firm cannot have any complaints, actions or disclosures from any of the above regulators. For additional information visit
The Top 10 Women-Owned RIAs of 2015 – Jana Shoulders ranked #5. REP’s Top 25 Women-Owned RIAs list was assembled using data from SEC filings and Meridian-IQ (in which Penton Media has a stake). Advisors are ranked by their firm’s total assets under management. To land on the list, female advisors were required to directly own at least 25 percent of the firm. Additionally, these women have at least some individual clients for whom they do financial planning, and have no more than 50 percent institutional clients. Finally, none of the RIAs on the list operates a broker/dealer or a bank, or is affiliated with an investment company. For additional information visit

FA Magazine
2015 RIA Ranking, Asset Category: $1 Billion and Over – Mariner Wealth Advisors #14; 2014 RIA Ranking, Asset Category: $1 Billion and Over – Mariner Wealth Advisors #15. The 2014 and 2015 FA Magazine rankings are based upon information compiled using data for Mariner Wealth Advisors, LLC and its majority owned subsidiary registered investment advisory firms. For additional information visit

Financial Times
300 Top Registered Investment Advisers 2016 – RiverPoint Capital Management and Mariner Wealth Advisors-Oklahoma. To ensure a list of established companies with deep, institutional expertise, Financial Times examined the database of RIAs registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and selected those that reported to the SEC that they had $300m or more in assets under management (AUM). The Financial Times’ methodology is quantifiable and objective. The RIAs had no subjective input. The FT invited qualifying RIA companies — more than 1,500 — to complete a lengthy application that provided more information. This was added to their own research into firm practices, including data from regulatory filings. Some 520 RIA companies applied and 300 made the final list. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, asset growth, the company’s age, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record, and online accessibility. Assets under management and asset growth, combined, comprised roughly 80 to 85 per cent of each adviser’s score. Additionally, the FT caps the number of companies from any one state. The cap is roughly based on the distribution of millionaires across the US. The research was conducted on behalf of the Financial Times by Ignites Distribution Research, a Financial Times sister publication. For additional information visit

2015 - Mariner Wealth Advisors, LLC ranked 12th among Top 100 Wealth Managers with $10 billion under management. The 2015 Forbes ranking is based upon information compiled using data for Mariner Wealth Advisors, LLC and its majority owned subsidiary registered investment advisory firms. Data for the Top Wealth Managers list is compiled by RIA Database. Candidate firms qualify based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria. In 2015 the list was expanded to 100 firms, ranked by assets under management for year-end 2014, reported as of March 31, 2015. Members of the list must have managed at least 50% of their assets on behalf of retail clients, cannot run a broker-dealer (they can be affiliated with one), cannot be a bank (trust companies are permitted), and must be performing wealth management services. Firms cannot have had any regulatory, civil or criminal disclosures. The list looks beyond exclusively fee-only advisors. For additional information visit

2016 – Marty Bicknell, CEO of Mariner Wealth Advisors, named an Innovator Entrepreneur – The 2016 IA 25

Financial Planning Magazine
Adams Hall Wealth Advisors (currently Mariner Wealth Advisors-Oklahoma) and RiverPoint Capital Management were ranked among the 100 Top Fee-Only Firms in 2014. Discovery Data compiled the rankings based on discretionary and nondiscretionary assets under management listed on SEC Form ADV. To capture independent fee-only planning firms, every effort is made to exclude firms with broker-dealer and insurance company affiliations and those with substantial outside ownership stakes held by private equity firms and some outside investors. The list also does not include roll-ups, aggregators or turnkey asset management programs. To capture firms that provide true holistic financial advice to individuals, only firms with 50% or more individual clients, as can be determined through the Form ADV, are included. Subjective review of unusual cases may result in inclusion or exclusion based on factors unique to those firms. As the RIA industry evolves, so does the criteria. For additional information visit