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Stratos Wealth Partners
A different kind of financial services firm
There is no “right” answer to the financial
challenges of the day, but there is an
opportunity to reach beyond the obvious and
elevate your perspective. Our clients and their
families challenge us to raise the bar as we
help them embark on a sustainable course
toward their financial independence.

We embrace their passion for life by sharing
our financial knowledge, planning strategies
and years of experience. We understand that
individual priorities vary, but our desire to
tirelessly serve clients’ needs never wavers.

Our independent financial services firm
strives to define our commitment to clients
and the community through our actions, and
we welcome the opportunity to elevate your
financial strategies.




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Our Mission
    Stratos Wealth Partners strives to demonstrate our commitment to clients
    who seek meaningful financial objectivity, open architecture and a wealth of
    resources to meet any financial challenges that exist in today’s marketplace.



    Our Firm
    Stratos Wealth Partners is an independent, partner owned and operated
    financial services firm built on the premise that our clients are our most
    valuable asset. We define our success by assisting you in achieving your
    goals and we strive to elevate the meaning and purpose of planning by
    affording you the opportunity to experience it on an entirely new level.

    Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, we have more than 70+ affiliated LPL Financial
    wealth advisors located throughout the United States. We boast an infrastructure
    of an additional 30+ executive and support professionals, all of whom assist
    our advisors in the execution of services and solutions for our clients.

    Our LPL Financial wealth advisors are experienced and dedicated to the
    financial services industry. Many hold professional designations and advanced
    degrees and are sought after to educate the communities we serve about the
    opportunities and benefits of the financial planning process. Stratos Wealth
    Partners is excited to announce that they recently registered as an Investment
    Advisor and although, independently founded and structured, the firm is
    pleased to be associated with and offer securities through LPL Financial,
    member FINRA/SIPC.


    *According to Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2010, based on total revenue.




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It’s all about expanding your perspective




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Our Services
Our comprehensive menu of financial planning services is similar in
scope to others in the industry, but unique in execution. We know you
have numerous choices when it comes to establishing your plan for
financial independence, and we focus not only on the products that help
address your needs, but also how we can help you expeditiously apply
the strategies that can turn a standard plan into a more comprehensive
plan. Our plan is typically broken into four parts, which allows us to
customize your experience according to your unique needs.



1. Investment Planning
In this focus area, we develop a clear policy of your intentions to address
your investment goals and objectives regardless of market conditions.
Often referred to as an “investment policy statement,” we have found
that those who clearly define and commit their position to paper have
a distinct advantage in weathering the inevitable fluctuations that are a
reality in a market-based society. We combine your written investment
policy statement with a full range of portfolio modeling and analysis tools
available on the market today. These two items drive our necessary
adjustments, allocations and new vehicle implementation as they apply to
your investment objectives.

We pride ourselves on the depth of our monitoring, research, due
diligence and electronic reporting. It is this cohesive platform that helps
elevate our investment management experience for our clients to an
industry standard for transparency and ease of use.




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Your plan is unique, no two are the same




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2. Retirement & Fringe Benefit Planning
One of the greatest challenges facing every generation is the increasing
cost, complexity and achievability of retirement. Our firm utilizes an
expansive number of available techniques and income modeling tools
that help you determine how your actions can impact the goals you are
attempting to reach during this meaningful phase of your life.

Because your investments and retirement are intrinsically related to one
another, we provide complimentary modeling—similar to our investment
analysis—to clearly illustrate where you stand, incorporating as many
variables as you choose. We also address the opportunities of benefits
analysis and mobility during your working years and how that can impact
your retirement. In addition, we address the required distribution options
and terms you need to be aware of, as well as the meaningful role that
long-term planning can play in helping you sustain your income for life.

If you are a business owner, during this part of the planning process we
will cover the parameters and opportunities for employee and executive
compensation, deferred compensation plans and key employee incentives.


3. Estate Preservation & Distribution Planning
In this focus area we delve into the opportunities for a diverse array
of asset ownership structures, all of which can impact your ultimate
estate, wealth preservation and transfer. We discuss the state of your
wills, trusts or any other vehicles in use to protect and manage your
estate during your life, and also analyze future scenarios to identify
the potential estate tax liability you and your family could face. We
work in concert with your attorney during these discussions to ensure
the outcome and treatment you desire.*

In addition, we review your risk management protection through the
life insurance, disability and long-term care coverage you hold, and
discuss your qualified plans and how their ultimate distribution could
impact your overall estate. Family gifting and charitable planning
strategies are also discussed and reviewed.


*Stratos Wealth Partners does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your legal or tax advisor.




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Taking a proactive approach to succession planning is invaluable




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4. Business Succession Planning
This focus area applies to a very specific group of individuals. It is of
critical importance to those individuals, as it directly impacts their ability
to not only earn a living, but also maintain a sustainable model for
themselves and those they employ.

Here we discuss the challenging world of succession planning, and
the concept of the business continuing by design in the absence of its
founder. This critical planning decision impacts not only the business
owner’s company, but his or her family and personal estate, as well. The
ultimate succession decision will be one of the most important that a
business owner ever makes.

Business planning has traditionally come only out of necessity, but Stratos
Wealth Partners embraces a proactive and participatory approach to
succession planning that affords business owners opportunities and the
flexibility to make sound decisions.
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Engaging our firm provides a holistic financial experience




     Our Process
     Our firm provides a holistic financial planning experience, because no matter what level
     of service you require, it is our responsibility to understand your course to better map
     the steps to your ideal future. We will seek to uncover the events and motivations that
     drove your past actions, and with this knowledge we can begin to capitalize on the
     financial strategies that will define your next phase of life, whatever that may be.

     We support a diverse and varied clientele, from business owners and executives to
     retirees and individual investors. We embrace this diversity because it allows us to
     continually enhance our skills and depth of knowledge to meet the vast array of needs our
     clients present.

     One of our key requirements in engaging new clients is that they possess a willingness
     to remain open minded and receptive to potential solutions that may be beyond their
     current scope of consideration. With this caveat, we are able to provide a far greater
     array of advanced techniques that can deliver a meaningful and distinct outcome to an
     otherwise challenging circumstance.


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We follow a simple four step process:
Step 1: Discovery – The key to the Discovery process comes down to knowing which probing
questions to ask, understanding the correct way to ask these questions, and more importantly,
actively listening to you as you answer our questions. Throughout this process we capture objective
data (legal documents, financial statements, tax returns, etc.) and discuss your goals, dreams and
aspirations. Only after we understand the concrete and intrinsic elements of what makes up your
financial world can we begin a thorough analysis.

Step 2: Analysis – Once we have completed the Discovery process, we analyze the information
and determine where you are today, what planning you have done prior to meeting us, and the
objectives, priorities and expectations you have moving forward. This provides the groundwork to
identify missed opportunities and eliminate potential obstacles that could make it difficult to reach
your ideal financial destination.

Step 3: The Plan – After thoughtful discussion regarding your priorities and a detailed analysis of
your current and future finances, we present our recommendations in an actionable, written plan.
Your plan is presented so that you, your family and anyone else important to your financial life will
clearly understand your situation and your short and long-term objectives. The plan, in its entirety,
will serve as our shared reference to take actions and implement strategies that will help move you
toward your final destination in a prudent and meaningful way.

Step 4: Implementation – After the planning process is complete and we have delivered your
financial action plan, we move to our final step: Implementation. It is here that our recommendations
are put into place. When necessary, this includes initiation of product strategies and involvement
of complementary advisors to create, change or update documents. Clearly, this step is the most
meaningful in the process, because it is the real payoff to a transparent and succinct effort to make
your life everything it can and should be. Once Implementation is complete, we monitor your plan on
an ongoing basis.




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We want to hear from you
     To learn more about Stratos Wealth Partners, our services and how
     we can assist you and your family as you plan for your financial
     success, contact us today.

     On the web:
     www.stratoswealthpartners.com

     By email:
     welcome@stratoswealthpartners.com

     By phone:
     866.553.9882

     In person:
     Stratos Wealth Partners (HQ)
     30575 Bainbridge Road
     Suite 100
     Solon OH, 44139




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Headquarters
                                                                             30575 Bainbridge Road, Suite 100
                       Elevating Financial Strategies                        Solon OH, 44139
                                                                             Phone: 866.553.9882
                                                                             www.stratoswealthpartners.com




Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through
Stratos Wealth partners, Ltd., registered investment advisor and a separate entity from LPL Financial.          MKT-03948-1008

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About Stratos Wealth Partners

  • 1. Elevating Financial Strategies Elevating Financial Strategies
  • 2. 2
  • 3. Stratos Wealth Partners A different kind of financial services firm There is no “right” answer to the financial challenges of the day, but there is an opportunity to reach beyond the obvious and elevate your perspective. Our clients and their families challenge us to raise the bar as we help them embark on a sustainable course toward their financial independence. We embrace their passion for life by sharing our financial knowledge, planning strategies and years of experience. We understand that individual priorities vary, but our desire to tirelessly serve clients’ needs never wavers. Our independent financial services firm strives to define our commitment to clients and the community through our actions, and we welcome the opportunity to elevate your financial strategies. 3
  • 4. Our Mission Stratos Wealth Partners strives to demonstrate our commitment to clients who seek meaningful financial objectivity, open architecture and a wealth of resources to meet any financial challenges that exist in today’s marketplace. Our Firm Stratos Wealth Partners is an independent, partner owned and operated financial services firm built on the premise that our clients are our most valuable asset. We define our success by assisting you in achieving your goals and we strive to elevate the meaning and purpose of planning by affording you the opportunity to experience it on an entirely new level. Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, we have more than 70+ affiliated LPL Financial wealth advisors located throughout the United States. We boast an infrastructure of an additional 30+ executive and support professionals, all of whom assist our advisors in the execution of services and solutions for our clients. Our LPL Financial wealth advisors are experienced and dedicated to the financial services industry. Many hold professional designations and advanced degrees and are sought after to educate the communities we serve about the opportunities and benefits of the financial planning process. Stratos Wealth Partners is excited to announce that they recently registered as an Investment Advisor and although, independently founded and structured, the firm is pleased to be associated with and offer securities through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. *According to Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2010, based on total revenue. 4
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  • 6. It’s all about expanding your perspective 6
  • 7. Our Services Our comprehensive menu of financial planning services is similar in scope to others in the industry, but unique in execution. We know you have numerous choices when it comes to establishing your plan for financial independence, and we focus not only on the products that help address your needs, but also how we can help you expeditiously apply the strategies that can turn a standard plan into a more comprehensive plan. Our plan is typically broken into four parts, which allows us to customize your experience according to your unique needs. 1. Investment Planning In this focus area, we develop a clear policy of your intentions to address your investment goals and objectives regardless of market conditions. Often referred to as an “investment policy statement,” we have found that those who clearly define and commit their position to paper have a distinct advantage in weathering the inevitable fluctuations that are a reality in a market-based society. We combine your written investment policy statement with a full range of portfolio modeling and analysis tools available on the market today. These two items drive our necessary adjustments, allocations and new vehicle implementation as they apply to your investment objectives. We pride ourselves on the depth of our monitoring, research, due diligence and electronic reporting. It is this cohesive platform that helps elevate our investment management experience for our clients to an industry standard for transparency and ease of use. 7
  • 8. Your plan is unique, no two are the same 8
  • 9. 2. Retirement & Fringe Benefit Planning One of the greatest challenges facing every generation is the increasing cost, complexity and achievability of retirement. Our firm utilizes an expansive number of available techniques and income modeling tools that help you determine how your actions can impact the goals you are attempting to reach during this meaningful phase of your life. Because your investments and retirement are intrinsically related to one another, we provide complimentary modeling—similar to our investment analysis—to clearly illustrate where you stand, incorporating as many variables as you choose. We also address the opportunities of benefits analysis and mobility during your working years and how that can impact your retirement. In addition, we address the required distribution options and terms you need to be aware of, as well as the meaningful role that long-term planning can play in helping you sustain your income for life. If you are a business owner, during this part of the planning process we will cover the parameters and opportunities for employee and executive compensation, deferred compensation plans and key employee incentives. 3. Estate Preservation & Distribution Planning In this focus area we delve into the opportunities for a diverse array of asset ownership structures, all of which can impact your ultimate estate, wealth preservation and transfer. We discuss the state of your wills, trusts or any other vehicles in use to protect and manage your estate during your life, and also analyze future scenarios to identify the potential estate tax liability you and your family could face. We work in concert with your attorney during these discussions to ensure the outcome and treatment you desire.* In addition, we review your risk management protection through the life insurance, disability and long-term care coverage you hold, and discuss your qualified plans and how their ultimate distribution could impact your overall estate. Family gifting and charitable planning strategies are also discussed and reviewed. *Stratos Wealth Partners does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your legal or tax advisor. 9 10
  • 10. Taking a proactive approach to succession planning is invaluable 10
  • 11. 4. Business Succession Planning This focus area applies to a very specific group of individuals. It is of critical importance to those individuals, as it directly impacts their ability to not only earn a living, but also maintain a sustainable model for themselves and those they employ. Here we discuss the challenging world of succession planning, and the concept of the business continuing by design in the absence of its founder. This critical planning decision impacts not only the business owner’s company, but his or her family and personal estate, as well. The ultimate succession decision will be one of the most important that a business owner ever makes. Business planning has traditionally come only out of necessity, but Stratos Wealth Partners embraces a proactive and participatory approach to succession planning that affords business owners opportunities and the flexibility to make sound decisions. 11
  • 12. Engaging our firm provides a holistic financial experience Our Process Our firm provides a holistic financial planning experience, because no matter what level of service you require, it is our responsibility to understand your course to better map the steps to your ideal future. We will seek to uncover the events and motivations that drove your past actions, and with this knowledge we can begin to capitalize on the financial strategies that will define your next phase of life, whatever that may be. We support a diverse and varied clientele, from business owners and executives to retirees and individual investors. We embrace this diversity because it allows us to continually enhance our skills and depth of knowledge to meet the vast array of needs our clients present. One of our key requirements in engaging new clients is that they possess a willingness to remain open minded and receptive to potential solutions that may be beyond their current scope of consideration. With this caveat, we are able to provide a far greater array of advanced techniques that can deliver a meaningful and distinct outcome to an otherwise challenging circumstance. 12
  • 13. We follow a simple four step process: Step 1: Discovery – The key to the Discovery process comes down to knowing which probing questions to ask, understanding the correct way to ask these questions, and more importantly, actively listening to you as you answer our questions. Throughout this process we capture objective data (legal documents, financial statements, tax returns, etc.) and discuss your goals, dreams and aspirations. Only after we understand the concrete and intrinsic elements of what makes up your financial world can we begin a thorough analysis. Step 2: Analysis – Once we have completed the Discovery process, we analyze the information and determine where you are today, what planning you have done prior to meeting us, and the objectives, priorities and expectations you have moving forward. This provides the groundwork to identify missed opportunities and eliminate potential obstacles that could make it difficult to reach your ideal financial destination. Step 3: The Plan – After thoughtful discussion regarding your priorities and a detailed analysis of your current and future finances, we present our recommendations in an actionable, written plan. Your plan is presented so that you, your family and anyone else important to your financial life will clearly understand your situation and your short and long-term objectives. The plan, in its entirety, will serve as our shared reference to take actions and implement strategies that will help move you toward your final destination in a prudent and meaningful way. Step 4: Implementation – After the planning process is complete and we have delivered your financial action plan, we move to our final step: Implementation. It is here that our recommendations are put into place. When necessary, this includes initiation of product strategies and involvement of complementary advisors to create, change or update documents. Clearly, this step is the most meaningful in the process, because it is the real payoff to a transparent and succinct effort to make your life everything it can and should be. Once Implementation is complete, we monitor your plan on an ongoing basis. 13
  • 14. We want to hear from you To learn more about Stratos Wealth Partners, our services and how we can assist you and your family as you plan for your financial success, contact us today. On the web: www.stratoswealthpartners.com By email: welcome@stratoswealthpartners.com By phone: 866.553.9882 In person: Stratos Wealth Partners (HQ) 30575 Bainbridge Road Suite 100 Solon OH, 44139 14
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  • 16. Headquarters 30575 Bainbridge Road, Suite 100 Elevating Financial Strategies Solon OH, 44139 Phone: 866.553.9882 www.stratoswealthpartners.com Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Stratos Wealth partners, Ltd., registered investment advisor and a separate entity from LPL Financial. MKT-03948-1008