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Creative Planning, registered in 1983, is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in 50 state(s) with a licensed staff of 369 advisors. Creative Planning manages $47.9 billion and provides investment advisory services for 33,192 clients (1:90 advisor/client ratio).
|Minimum Investment||No data|
|Average Client Balance||$1,443,725|
|Total AUM||$47.9 billion|
|Advisor / Client Ratio||1:90|
|Headquarters||Overland Park, KS|
|SEC Filings||View SEC IAPD CRD #105348|
|State(s) Registered||AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VI, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY|
|Activity Restriction – SRO||No|
|Attorney/Accountant Authorization Revocation – SRO||No|
|Business License Revocation – SRO||No|
|Business License Revocation - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Business License Revocation - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Dismissal upon Settlement – Court||No|
|False Statements or Omissions – SRO||No|
|False Statements or Omissions - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|False Statements or Omissions - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Monetary Penalty - SEC/CFTC||Yes|
|Order Entered - SEC/CFTC||No|
|Order Entered - Other Regulatory Agencies||Yes|
|Regulation Violations - SEC/CFTC||Yes|
|Regulation Violations - Other Regulatory Agencies||No|
|Regulation Violations – SRO||No|
|Insurance Agent Conflict - Affiliation||Yes|
|Insurance Agent Conflict - Firm||No|
|Private Investment Management||No|
|Trades Recommended Securities||Yes|
As a financial advisory firm, also known as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), Creative Planning can provide a variety of financial planning services for Americans. The goal of a financial advisor is to review your personal finances and work with you to achieve your life goals, e.g., saving for retirement, by creating a comprehensive financial plan. Financial advisors focus primarily on money management, including investments like stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds.
Financial planning services can include tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, or life-based event planning such as saving for college, getting married, purchasing a home, paying down debt, or planning an inheritance.
Creative Planning is headquartered in Overland Park, KS. Creative Planning offers financial advisor services in 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
While Creative Planning advises clients across a variety of portfolio sizes, the average client balance is currently $1,443,725. In total, Creative Planning manages $47,920,122,545 in assets.
Unfortunately, there is no single, uniform pricing standard for working with a financial advisor. Catchphrases, including "fee-only," can be helpful; however, Americans often get confused with competitors promoting "fee-based" in response.
Ultimately, to understand the underlying costs of advisory services, we always recommend asking for an itemized fees breakdown. Reading the firm's ADV Part 2 Brochure (Item 5, "Fees and Compensation") is another option, albeit more time-intensive and nuanced (trust us, we have read thousands).
Fun Fact: No regulator currently tracks portfolio performance metrics for the financial planning industry. Remember, the financial plan your financial advisor creates with you will always be unique to your personal financial situation. That's the value of working with a financial advisor.
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