D Magazine Criteria


Important Disclosures regarding the 2018 D Magazine Best Financial Planners Award

SEC guidance requests us to respond to the following points about this award:

 1.    The sole criteria for being chosen for this award was anonymous votes from Certified Financial PlannersTM who are members of the DFW Financial Planning Association who answered the question of who they believe to be the most skilled and experienced financial planners in the industry.

2.    The Firm paid no fees for participation in this award or any award contests, nor for being chosen as a winner. The Firm did choose to pay a fee to place an ad in the publication to advertise the fact they have been selected for this award and may purchase plaques or similar items after being announced as a winner.

3.    This award was independently granted by D Magazine.

4.    Client voting or input (positive or negative) was not used in this survey and therefore had no bearing on these results. This award was strictly based on peer voting.

5.    750 total votes were cast for this survey, nominating 235 individuals. Of those, 91 individuals were selected based on receiving a minimum of 3 votes. Outside-firm votes counted more than inside-firm votes, and self-nominations were not counted at all.

6.    D Magazine checked the final 91 individual winners to ensure they were Certified Financial PlannersTM in good standing with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

7.    Clintsman Financial Planning has no affiliation or relationship, formal or informal, with D Magazine.

8.    D Magazine is solely responsible for checking the statistical validation of the survey results.

9.    Clintsman Financial Planning is aware of no facts, issues, or events that would call into question the validity of receiving this award.

10.  This award does not attempt to rank the 91 final winners amongst each other – it is simply an acknowledgement among financial planning peers that these 91 financial planners as a group are considered the most skilled and experienced in the DFW financial planning industry.

11.  While all Certified Financial PlannersTMin the DFW area were able to vote in this survey, the final results may not be indicative of all the financial planning peers in the DFW area, but rather is a reflection of those that chose to vote and the 750 votes that were cast.

12.  The advertisement of this award is not intended to reflect any promise or prediction of future performance of Clintsman Financial Planning for services rendered to clients..

Please Note: LimitationsNeither rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services, publications, or other organizations, nor the achievement of any designation or certification, should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if “Clintsman Financial Planning” is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services. 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 (see link as to participation data). No ranking or recognition should be construed as a current or past endorsement of “Clintsman Financial Planning” by any of its clients.  ANY QUESTIONS: “Clintsman Financial Planning’s” Chief Compliance Officer remains available to address any questions regarding rankings and/or recognitions, including providing the criteria used for any reflected ranking.