Mariner Wealth Advisors’ Oklahoma Offices Named to Financial Times’ 2016 List of the Top 300 Registered Investment Advisers

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 – The Oklahoma offices of Mariner Wealth Advisors, a wealth advisory firm that provides personalized services specifically focused on helping clients achieve their goals, are pleased to have been named to Financial Times’ list of the 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top RIA firms from across the United States. 

According to Jana Shoulders, CPA, AIF®, AEP®, managing partner, “I am so honored to be recognized on this prestigious list. At Mariner Wealth Advisors, we focus on serving our clients with a wide range of services to meet their needs. While the ultimate measure of our success is in helping our clients reach their goals, we are pleased with outside recognition that reinforces our commitment to clients.”

The FT 300 ranking falls on the heels of the Oklahoma office being recognized by as a Top 25 Women-Owned RIA in 2015. 

This is the third annual FT 300 list, produced independently by the Financial Times Ltd. in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on the investment management industry. The “average” FT 300 firm has been in existence for 22 years and manages $2.6 billion in assets. 

More than 1,500 pre-screened RIA firms were invited to apply for consideration, based on their assets under management (AUM). Applicants that applied were then graded on six criteria: AUM, asset growth, the company’s age, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record and online accessibility. FT caps the number of companies from any one state. The cap is roughly based on the distribution of millionaires across the US.

The FT 300 is one in a series of rankings of top advisers the FT produces in partnership with Ignites Research, including the FT 401 (DC retirement plan advisers) and the FT 400 (financial advisers from traditional broker-dealer firms).

About the FT 300
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.
Mariner Wealth Advisors – Oklahoma, LLC was awarded the FT300 listing. 

About the Top 25 Women-Owned RIA
WealthManagement’s Top 25 Women-Owned RIAs in 2015 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. Female advisors were required to directly own at least 25 percent of the firm. Additionally, the women must have at least some individual clients for whom they do financial planning, and have no more than 50 percent institutional clients. The RIAs on the list do not operate a broker/dealer or a bank, and are not affiliated with an investment company. Mariner Wealth Advisors – Oklahoma, LLC was awarded the Top 25 Women-Owned RIAs in 2015 listing. 

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