Frequently Asked Questions

How do your rates and services compare to other brokerage and money management firms?

We charge an assets under management fee for our services and do not earn any other sales commissions or kickbacks. At Clayton, we view ourselves as a comprehensive service provider – when you hire Clayton Wealth Partners, you receive the expertise of our investment team as well as our financial planning team.

What does fee-only mean?

A Fee-Only financial adviser is one who is compensated solely by the client with neither the advisor nor any related party receiving compensation that is contingent on the purchase or sale of a financial product. The advisor may not receive commissions, rebates, awards, finder's fees, bonuses or other forms of compensation from others as a result of a client's implementation of the individual's planning recommendations. This allows investment decisions to be based on performance and individual risk tolerance, avoiding the built-in conflict of interest of commission-based advisors. 

Will you work with my attorney, accountant and insurance provider?

Many situations arise that would benefit from the services of several financial professionals, such as the drafting of wills and trusts, tax preparation, etc. At Clayton Wealth Partners, we pride ourselves on providing the best service possible to our clients, and working with your existing attorneys, accountants and insurance providers is all part of our commitment to you. We can also provide referrals as you require.

Will information remain confidential?

Our relationships with clients are held in the highest confidence. We only share information with outside sources (such as attorneys and accountants) when requested by the client or as required by law. See our Privacy Policy for details. All employees have signed confidentiality agreements. 

Is Clayton Wealth Partners owned by another company?

The firm is a d/b/a of Clayton Financial Services, Inc.  Clayton Financial Services, Inc. is solely owned by principal/founders Debra and Randy Clayton, together with shareholder/employees Clint Patty, Barbara Duncan and Elizabeth Young. 

What do you mean when you say you are a "Registered Investment Advisor"?

Clayton Wealth Partners is a Registered Investment Advisor and is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to manage the investments of others. As a Registered Investment Advisor, we are held to a fiduciary standard, and by law must fully disclose any and all conflicts of interest in handling your assets.

Will you assist other members of my family with their financial planning needs?

The financial lives of loved ones are often intertwined. We are happy to sit down with your children or parents to respond to their financial questions at your discretion. In doing so, you can be assured that they are receiving professional unbiased advice. 

Can you help me choose allocations for my employer's 401(k)?

Absolutely. Your employer's 401(k) program is managed through your employer's brokerage company, but we will be happy to review and make recommendations with an eye toward your overall financial outlook. 

I live and work outside the Topeka area. Can I still work with your firm?

Yes. We are happy to do our meetings via web or phone conferences and most day-to-day activities can be handled over the phone, by mail or email.

What is a Fiduciary Standard?

We, as your investment advisers, have an obligation to place you in the most appropriate products or investments based upon your risk tolerance and objectives. This requires that we disclose how we are being compensated, and if there are any corresponding conflicts of interest. As a result, we are obligated to place client interest first.