Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Oklahoma
Finding the right financial advisor is important -- but it can be a challenging undertaking. You need to find someone who will be a good fit for you and your family. While there are always a lot of factors to consider, this list of the top financial advisor firms in Oklahoma should provide you with the information you need to figure out which firm is going to be the right choice for you. If you’d like further guidance, you can use SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching tool to connect with up to three advisors in your area.
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|Rank||Financial Advisor||Assets Managed||Minimum Assets||Financial Services||More Information|
|1||Exencial Wealth Advisors Find an Advisor||$4,360,545,533||$2,500 minimum annual fee|| || |
Minimum Assets$2,500 minimum annual fee
|2||Capital Advisors, Inc. Find an Advisor||$3,459,254,108||$250,000|| || |
|3||Tom Johnson Investment Management Find an Advisor||$1,795,478,023||No set account minimum|| || |
Minimum AssetsNo set account minimum
|4||Full Sail Capital, LLC Find an Advisor||$1,691,645,631||$1,000,000|| || |
|5||Bridgecreek Investment Management, LLC Find an Advisor||$925,000,000||$1,500,000|| || |
|6||Vista Investment Partners LLC Find an Advisor||$771,540,297||$1,000,000|| || |
|7||Gibraltar Capital Management Find an Advisor||$611,428,849||$500,000|| || |
|8||Adaptation Financial Advisors Inc. Find an Advisor||$142,804,320||Varies based on account type|| || |
Minimum AssetsVaries based on account type
|9||Disciplined Investments, LLC Find an Advisor||$478,637,045||No set account minimum|| || |
Minimum AssetsNo set account minimum
|10||Sutterfield Financial Group, Inc. Find an Advisor||$200,339,776||No set account minimum|| || |
Minimum AssetsNo set account minimum
What We Use in Our Methodology
To find the top financial advisors in Oklahoma, we first identified all firms registered with the SEC in the state. Next, we filtered out firms that don't offer financial planning services, those that don't serve primarily individual clients and those that have disclosures on their record. The qualifying firms were then ranked according to the following criteria:
- AUMFirms with more total assets under management are ranked higher.
- Individual Client CountFirms who serve more individual clients (as opposed to institutional clients) are ranked higher.
- Clients Per AdvisorFirms with a lower ratio of clients per financial advisor are ranked higher.
- Age of FirmFirms that have been in business longer are ranked higher.
All information is accurate as of the writing of this article. This list may include firms that have a business relationship with SmartAsset, in which SmartAsset is compensated for lead referrals. Such relationships have no impact on our rankings, and firms are included and ranked based strictly on the above criteria.
Exencial Wealth Advisors
Exencial Wealth Advisors is a fee-based firm headquartered in Oklahoma City. In addition to fees, advisors may earn commissions for the sale of insurance products. It is still a fiduciary though, and must make decisions in the best interest of the client.
This is the top-ranking firm on SmartAsset’s list of the top financial advisor firms in Oklahoma City. Its advisory staff includes certified financial planners (CFPs), certified public accountants (CPAs) and other financial certified advisors.
The firm’s client base includes a fairly even mix of individuals and high-net-worth individuals. It also serves pension plans, charitable organizations, corporations, state or local municipal clients, other investment advisors and insurance companies. There is technically no minimum account size, but a minimum annual fee of $2,500 may make it impractical for clients with less than $250,000 to invest.
Exencial Wealth Advisors Background
This firm's predecessor, Burns Advisory Group, was founded in 2002. It would become known as Excencial Wealth Advisors in 2011 when it merged with Executive Financial Group. It is owned by Burns Wealth Management, a company based in Oklahoma City. In addition to its Oklahoma City headquarters, Exencial Wealth Advisors has offices in Texas, Connecticut, California, North Carolina and Ohio.
Services offered by the firm include retirement planning, tax planning, estate planning and debt management. It can also help clients prepare for charitable giving.
Exencial Wealth Advisors Investment Strategy
Exencial Wealth Advisors attempts to create an individualized investment strategy for each client. These are based on the client's specific personal needs and financial situation. The advisor considers everything from taxes to insurance to estate planning needs to come up with the right plan for each investor.
Asset classes used by the firm include individual securities, fixed income securities, mutual funds, ETFs, private investments and cash.
Capital Advisors, Inc. is a Tulsa-based firm that is the largest firm on this list. It also ranked on SmartAsset’s list of the top Tulsa financial advisor firms. The fee-only firm has chartered financial analysts (CFA) and certified financial planners (CFP) on staff, among other certified individuals.
The firm serves a mix of individuals and high-net-worth individuals. It also does business with pension plans, charitable organizations and corporations. It has one investment company as a client. Clients must invest at least $250,000.
Capital Advisors Background
Capital Advisors was founded in 1978. It is owned by employees, including CEO Keith Goddard, President Andy Brown and Lori Smith. In addition to its Tulsa headquarters, the firm has offices in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas as well as in Alabama and Texas.
Services offered by Capital Advisors include commentary during volatile market times, individualized investment reports for each client, retirement planning, tax planning and insurance.
Capital Advisors Investment Strategy
Capital Advisors creates an individual investment plan for each client. It doesn’t have a pre-planned menu of portfolios or a “one-size-fits-all” method. However, the firm does have a series of strategies that it bases investments on:
Managed equity growth strategy: focuses on long-term growth through domestic equity investments
- Managed equity dividend strategy: looks for dividend income
- Tactical asset allocation: has a global-multi asset strategy and focuses on ETFs
- Tactical global growth: invests globally for long-term growth
- Tactical global growth: seeks income and growth through global investments
- International growth: invests in international stocks for growth
The firm also has fixed-income strategies.
Tom Johnson Investment Management
Tom Johnson’s Investment Management is a fee-only firm based in Oklahoma City. It employs a small team of advisors. They include several chartered financial analysts (CFA).
The firm works with a fairly even mix of individuals and high-net-worth individuals. It also has pension plans, charitable organizations and corporations as clients. The firm does not have a specific minimum investment requirement.
Tom Johnson Investment Management Background
Tom Johnson Investment Management was founded in 1983 by a group of people who had worked together in the trust department of another bank. In 1992, the firm was sold to United Asset Management, which in 2000 was purchased by Old Mutual. In 2003, one of the firm’s principals, Richard H. Parry, bought the firm back. Parry also works at the firm as the president and chief investment officer.
Services offered by the firm include retirement services and portfolio reporting. In 2016, the firm was named Fixed Income Manager of the Year by Investment Advisor Magazine and Envestnet.
Tom Johnson Investment Management Strategy
Tom Johnson Investment Management prides itself on having a conservative investing philosophy. It manages risk by using no derivatives and no leverage, and by limiting exposure to any one sector of the economy. It aims to have 25% to 30% annual turnover. Investments commonly used in client portfolios include stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.
The firm also has a fixed-income strategy. This strategy uses Barclays’ indexes to create a reliable portfolio for those clients who prefer a fixed-income approach.
Full Sail Capital
Full Sail Capital, LLC comes in next on our Oklahoma list. This fee-only financial advisor firm works with both individuals and high-net worth individuals, plus institutional clients such as charities, pensions, profit-sharing plans, governments and businesses.
Full Sail does not impose a minimum account size. As a result of its fee-only status, advisors do not earn commissions for selling insurance or securities to clients.
Full Sail Capital Background
Full Sail Capital was founded in 2018 and registered as an advisor that same year. Zachary Reynolds, David Stanley and Scott Cravens are the firm's principal owners. Reynolds serves as chief investment officer (CIO), Stanley serves as CEO and Cravens is chief operating officer.
Full Sail offers wealth management, financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, education planning, tax planning and cash flow planning. Most accounts are managed on a discretionary basis.
Full Sail Capital Investment Strategy
Full Sail Capital uses a goals-based portfolio management style and works with clients individually to develop plans that work for them.
Advisors use mean-variance optimization to create diversified and efficient portfolios. They typically use such investments as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and alternative investments.
Bridgecreek Investment Management
Bridgecreek Investment Management, LLC is a fee-only firm based in Tulsa. The firm has a very small team of advisors on staff, all of whom are chartered wealth managers (CWMs) and certified investment management analysts (CIMAs).
The firm works almost exclusively with high-net-worth individuals. It does advise a small number of charitable organizations, but no individuals without a high net worth. A minimum investment of $1.5 million is required to open or maintain an account.
Bridgecreek Investment Management Background
Bridgecreek Investment Management was founded in 2004. The primary owners are L. Charles Fuller and Brian G. Carney, who are also advisors working at the firm. Both of the advisors have been involved in investment management for more than 20 years. Fuller was named one of the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the United States by Barron’s in 2017. Carney received the same honor in 2015.
Services offered by the firm include a no-cost consultation, tax efficiency and individual portfolio assessment.
Bridgecreek Investment Management Investment Strategy
Balance is the name of the game for Bridgecreek Investment Management. Advisors seek to put together a diverse portfolio for clients that considers taxes and strives for low account loads.
Clients are invested in a broad variety of investment types. These include both domestic and international equities, corporate bonds, U.S. Treasuries, commodities and real estate. Investments may be made through mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and hedge funds.
Vista Investment Partners
Vista Investment Partners is a fee-based firm based in Oklahoma City. In addition to fees, advisors may earn a commission on insurance products they sell clients. The firm is still a fiduciary, however, which means it must make decisions in the best interest of the client.
The team of advisors at the firm includes a handful of certified financial planners (CFPs). The firm works primarily with individuals, though it does have a good number of high-net-worth individual clients. It also advises some pension plans and corporations. There is an investment minimum of $1 million.
Vista Investment Partners Background
Vista Investment Partners was founded in 2016 and became a registered investment advisor in 2017. The firm is principally owned by Ronald Richardson, who also serves as the company’s senior portfolio manager and managing director. In addition to its headquarters in Oklahoma City, the firm has an office in Indiana.
Services the firm offers include portfolio management, retirement planning, risk management, tax planning and wealth transfer. It also publishes newsletters and has a suite of tools available to help clients make financial decisions.
Vista Investment Partners Investment Strategy
Vista Investment Partners’ process starts with a conversation with each potential client that’s focused more on their life and personal situation than on their finances. From there, a strategy is formed for each client and their family.
Generally, the advisors prefer a balanced approach. A split between fixed-income investments and growth investments is the standard. On the growth side of the portfolio, assets are distributed between large-cap, mid-cap, small-cap and international investments. The firm also has a “growth of income” portfolio that’s designed to provide consistent income while also creating moderate growth.
Gibraltar Capital Management
Tulsa’s Gibraltar Capital Management is a fee-only firm. It has just a handful of advisors on staff, including a few chartered financial analysts (CFA) and certified financial planners (CFP). It works with a mix of high-net-worth and other individual clients, plus institutional clients including pooled investment vehicles, pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations and other corporations.
The minimum account size required is $500,000. The fees for wealth management are based on a percentage of assets under management, and advisors do not earn commissions for selling products to customers.
Gibraltar Capital Management Background
James Redman and McCrary “Mac” Lowe formed Gibraltar Capital Management in 2002. They both remain the principals of the firm.
Gibraltar’s services include:
- Investment advising
- Business consulting
- Financial planning
- Tax planning
- Banking management
- Philanthropy support
- Estate planning
Gibraltar Capital Management Investment Strategy
Active management is at the heart of Gibraltar Capital Management’s investment strategy. The firm believes that there are ways to find catalysts in the market that will create value for customers. It isn’t a market-timing operation, though, as sometimes advisors will hold stocks for years in client portfolios.
Low-expectation stocks are key to the firm’s strategy as well. The firm believes that bad news won’t create big dips for these securities while good news could create an even bigger potential reward.
Adaptation Financial Advisors is a fee-based advisor that works only with individuals, nearly all of whom are not high-net-worth investors. There are no institutional clients at AFA. Some advisors are also broker-dealers or insurance agents and can thus earn commissions -- a conflict of interest. Still, all advisors are bound to act in the best interest of the client.
The minimum account size is $40,000 for non-wrap accounts and $500,000 for the wrap program, where all services are wrapped into one fee. Fees for investment management and the wrap fee are based on a percentage of assets under management, while financial planning fees are fixed when charged separately. The firm’s team in Oklahoma City includes one chartered life underwriter and one chartered financial consultant.
Adaptation Financial Advisors Background
AFA was founded in 2020 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of APN Adaptation Financial Holdings LLC. The sole members of the parent company are Alan P. Niemann and Kevin C. Cox.
Services include portfolio management, wealth management, financial planning and consulting.
Adaptation Financial Advisors Investment Strategy
Adaptation Financial Advisors puts more than three-quarters of all assets under management into individual stocks -- which is different from many advisors, who prefer investments like mutual funds. Mutual funds are still used, as are bonds and cash holdings.
Disciplined Investments, LLC is a fee-only firm based in Tulsa. The firm's advisory team includes at least one certified financial planner (CFP). The firm does not make any money from commissions and is paid entirely by the client, avoiding any potential conflicts of interest.
The firm services a fairly even mix of individuals and high-net-worth individuals. It also has a few charitable organizations and other corporations as clients. There is no account minimum for its services.
Disciplined Investments Background
Disciplined Investments was established in 2001. It is principally owned by HoganTaylor, LLP, a tax and accounting firm. Disciplined Investment’s website is part of the HoganTaylor general site.
Services offered by Disciplined Investments include defined contribution planning, executive planning, insurance consulting, retirement planning and planning for education funding and charitable giving. In addition, HoganTaylor offers tax services, litigation support and risk assurance. It also helps with employee benefit plans and human capital strategies.
Disciplined Investments Investing Strategy
Academic research is the bedrock of Disciplined Investment’s strategy. The firm believes in creating diverse portfolios that have consistent levels of exposure to various risk factors across the market. It does not engage in risky market predictions, instead focusing on controlling cost, long-term investments and tax efficiency.
Each client’s portfolio is customized based on their goals, life situation, risk tolerance and other outside investments. Typical investments used in client portfolios could include mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and equities.
Sutterfield Financial Group, Inc. is a fee-based firm that works mostly with individuals, the vast majority of which are not high net worth. SFG also works with pension and profit sharing plans, charitable organizations, insurance companies and corporations. Some advisors earn commissions as broker-dealers and insurance agents -- this is a conflict of interest, but all advisors still must act in the best interest of the client.
There is no minimum account size. Financial planning fees are generally charged hourly or at a fixed rate, while investment management fees are charged based on a percentage of assets under management. The team at SFG includes one certified public accountant (CPA).
Sutterfield Financial Group Background
SFG was founded in 2002. It is principally owned by Trevor Sutterfield and Michelle Sutterfield.
The firm’s services include financial planning, consulting and investment management.
Sutterfield Financial Group investment Group Investment Strategy
Mutual funds make up nearly three quarters of the assets under management at SFG, and individual stocks make up around one quarter. The rest is held in cash.