Creative Planning, LLC. (“Company”) is an SEC registered investment adviser located in Overland Park, Kansas. Company and its representatives are in compliance with the current filing requirements imposed upon SEC registered investment advisers by those states in which Company maintains clients. Company may only transact business in those states in which it is registered, or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration requirements. Company’s web site is limited to the dissemination of general information pertaining to its advisory services, together with access to additional investment-related information, publications, and links. Accordingly, the publication of Company’s web site on the Internet should not be construed by any consumer and/or prospective client as Company’s solicitation to effect, or attempt to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, over the Internet. Any subsequent, direct communication by Company with a prospective client shall be conducted by a representative that is either registered or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration in the state where the prospective client resides. For information pertaining to the registration status of Company, please contact the SEC or the state securities regulators for those states in which Company maintains a notice filing. A copy of Company’s current written disclosure statement discussing Company’s business operations, services, and fees is available from Company upon written request. Company does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to Company web site or incorporated herein, and takes no responsibility therefore. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes only and all users thereof should be guided accordingly.

Certain portions of Company’s web site (i.e. newsletters, articles, commentaries, etc.) may contain a discussion of, and/or provide access to, Company (and those of other investment and non-investment professionals) positions and/or recommendations as of a specific prior date. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions, such discussion may no longer be reflective of current position(s) and/or recommendation(s). Moreover, no client or prospective client should assume that any such discussion serves as the receipt of, or a substitute for, personalized advice from Company, or from any other investment professional. Company is neither an attorney nor an accountant, and no portion of the web site content should be interpreted as legal, accounting or tax advice.

Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Company is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of Company by any of its clients. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisers. The Company never pays a fee to be considered for any ranking or recognition, but may purchase plaques or reprints to publicize rankings.

Barron’s – Creative Planning

1. Accolade – Barron’s #1 Independent Advisory Firm (2017)

Disclosure: “Disclosures Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if the Wealth Advisor is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of the Wealth Advisor by any of his/her clients. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized Wealth Advisor. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisors.

Barron’s – Peter Mallouk

1. Accolade: Barron’s #1 Independent Financial Advisor in America (2013, 2014, and 2015)

Disclosure: “The ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors’ practices. The scoring system assigns a top score of 100 and rates the rest by comparing them with the winner.”

Barron’s – Multiple Individual Advisors

1. Accolade: Barron’s Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors (2018-2020)

Disclosure: “Disclosures Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if the Wealth Advisor is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of the Wealth Advisor by any of his/her clients. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized Wealth Advisor. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisors.

The Wealth Advisor does not pay a fee to be considered for any ranking or recognition, but may purchase plaques or reprints to publicize rankings. Advisors who wish to be ranked fill out a survey from Barron’s about their practice. Barron’s verifies that data with the advisors’ firms and with regulatory databases and then applies its own rankings formula featuring three major categories of calculations: (1) Assets, (2) Revenue, and (3) Quality of practice. Barron’s measures the growth of an advisors practice and their client retention and also considers a wide range of qualitative factors, including the advisors’ experience, their advanced degrees and industry designations, the size and shape of their teams, their charitable and philanthropic work, and their compliance record..”

2. Accolade: Barron’s Top 100 Women Advisors (2019-2020)

Disclosure: “Advisors who wish to be ranked fill out a survey from Barron’s about their practice. Barron’s verifies that data with the advisors’ firms and with regulatory databases and then applies its own rankings formula featuring three major categories of calculations: (1) Assets, (2) Revenue, and (3) Quality of practice. Barron’s measures the growth of an advisors’ practice and their client retention and also considers a wide range of qualitative factors, including the advisors’ experience, their advanced degrees and industry designations, the size and shape of their teams, their charitable and philanthropic work, and their compliance record.”

3. Accolade: Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors (2019-2020)

Disclosure: “The rankings are based on data provided by around 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Investment performance isn’t an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients’ risk tolerance than by an advisor’s investment-picking abilities.”

Boomer – Peter Mallouk

1. Accolade: Advisor of the Year (2008)

Disclosure: “We look at AUM and ask for a minimum of $100 million. We do extensive background checks. And we look at new ideas, strategies and boomer-specific focus. We also ask that advisors have a minimum of 10 years in the business.”

CNBC – Creative Planning

1. Accolade: #1 Wealth Management Firm in the United States (2014–2015)

Disclosure: “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 CNBC.com 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 with 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.”

E&Y – Peter Mallouk

1. Accolade: Ernst & Young Central Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2017)

Disclosure: “Individuals who are nominated should be the founder or the current executive responsible for the day to day operations of the for-profit business. This is typically the CEO or President. Individuals should be in their role for a minimum of two years, and the business should be operational for at least two years. The regional and independent panels of judges include entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from academia business and the media. Each independent regional judging panel selects categories and award recipients based on the quality and quantity of the nominations received. Each independent panel of judges is allowed complete discretion in determining categories and award recipients.

Financial Times

1. Accolade: Top Registered Investment Advisers (2014-2020)

Disclosures: 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. the Ff caps the number of companies from any one state. The cap is roughly based on the distribution of millionaires across the US.

2. Accolade: 401 Top Retirement Advisor (2020)

Disclosures: To select the FT 401, we started by setting minimum criteria for advisors to apply. Financial advisors were required to manage $75 million or more in DC plan assets and have DC assets account for at least 20% of their total AUM. Our research partner, Broadridge Financial Solutions, provided unique data from its proprietary database to help identify qualifying candidates. We also worked with the largest U.S. broker-dealers to obtain lists of advisors who met the defined criteria. Qualified advisors filled out an online application, and were scored on several factors, including DC AUM, growth in DC plan business, specialization in the DC business, years of experience, industry certifications and compliance record. Selection is independent and objective, and no money is exchanged as part of the process.

Forbes

1. Accolade: Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors (2020)

Disclosures: The Forbes Next-Gen Wealth Advisors rankings, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criterion, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of four years’ experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass the highest standards of best practices. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

Ingram’s Magazine

1. Accolade: Best Wealth Manager (2018,2020)

Disclosures: Per Joe Sweeney @ Ingram’s: Nothing unique this year—we named about four dozen companies in Best of Best due purely to the number of Gold Awards earned over the years. Reader’s Choice awards—7 or more golf awards in their respective categories. The recognition was awarded based on the number of Gold Awards earned by the firm over the years. A company winning 7 or more Gold Awards based on Reader’s Choice awards in their respective category was named to the 2020 Best of the Best list.

2. Accolade: Corporate Champion (2018)

Disclosures: Winners are determined internally, with the editorial committee evaluating nominations and staff research gathered through the year in the form of stories by other media, in-house newsletters, news releases, TV features, etc. The staff assesses the level of philanthropic engagement donations, volunteer work, etc. to create a scoring matrix built around impact of the effort and engagement of the firm’s staff.

KC Business Journal

1. Accolade: Best Places to Work (2020)

Disclosures: The 2020 Best Places to Work honorees participated in an employee survey during the summer facilitated by Kansas City Business Journal’s survey partner, Quantum Workplace. To qualify for consideration, companies had to have a minimum of 10 employees in the Kansas City area, and a preset number of employees had to complete the survey. Quantum Workplace uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the top-scoring companies.

RIA Channel, Published by Forbes

1. Accolade: #1 Wealth Manager (2020)

Disclosures: RIA Channel ranked the Top 100 RIA firms of 2020 based on a proprietary set of criteria and data. The ranking is based on both size and growth in assets as of June 30, 2020, as reported to the SEC. RIA Database (RIADatabase.com) was used for regulatory data, organic research, and advisor surveys. We recognize these firms as leaders in their field and congratulate them on their success. RIA Database uses quantitative and qualitative criteria to create the rankings. Refer to our METHODOLOGY for more information on how firms qualified. We are delighted to recognize these firms for their independence, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their ability to emerge as leaders in their field. We congratulate each of them on their success.

Worth – Peter Mallouk

1. Accolade: 100 most powerful men and women in global finance (2017, 2018)

Disclosure: The most powerful person in finance should be a leader, an innovator, a visionary and a disruptor. In order to compile the Power 100, Worth’s editorial team goes through a rigorous selection process, which includes close monitoring of the comings and goings of both past honorees and newcomers to the scene, as well as talking to industry influencers.

Please remember that different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment or investment strategy (including those undertaken or recommended by Company), will be profitable or equal any historical performance level(s).

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