Disclaimer

Claim of national recognition and better service is based on Francis Investment Counsel’s reception of third party awards, including the following:

PLANADVISER’s 2019 Top 100 Retirement Plan Adviser recognition received based on response to Asset International’s annual PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. No submission fees required. Top 100 list drawn from quantitative variables, a sub-segment of survey questions, and survey information supplied by the advisors themselves. Francis Investment Counsel was recognized in the “Large Teams With $3.5 Billion or More in Retirement Plan Assets Under Advisement” category. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with, does not receive remuneration from, or provide remuneration to Asset International. Receipt of this award should not be construed as a guarantee of future performance or results.

PLANSPONSOR’s 2018 Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year recognition received based on response to Asset International’s 2017 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. Eligible advisors required nomination as a Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year or self-nomination by providing industry references. No submission fees required. Selection process based on quantitative variables, a sub-segment of survey questions, and survey information supplied by the advisors themselves. Finalist selection based on firms’ business revenue derived from employer-sponsored retirement plans, fiduciary service capacity, commitment to fee-based compensation, utilization of outcomes-based metrics for plan success, and service to plan sponsors and plan participants. Francis Investment Counsel was selected among four finalists in the “Large Team” category. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with, does not receive remuneration from, or provide remuneration to Asset International. Receipt of this award should not be construed as a guarantee of future performance or results.

2020 Eddy Award recognition received based on Pensions & Investments annual evaluation process. Winners demonstrated program effectiveness and creativity, as well as completion of the entry form, which included a $150 fee per entry. Number of entries varies annually but averages 130-150. Selection criteria weighted differently based upon the category, but in general, creativity and the ease of understanding complex topics was key in determining successful entries. Francis Investment Counsel completed submissions with MGIC and Johnson Outdoors in the entry type “Joint – Plan sponsor and service provider entering together as a team,” and was recognized with a first place award in the “Pre-Retirement Preparation” category and a first place award in the “Ongoing Investment Education” category. 2020 Eddy Awards represent the eleventh and twelfth times Francis Investment Counsel has received such recognition, having previously received Eddy Awards in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019. In 2020, a total of 66 defined contribution plan education programs were recognized with a First-Placed Eddy Award, based on the entry category, size of the plan, and educational topic discussed. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with and does not receive remuneration from Pensions & Investments. Receipt of this award should not be construed as a guarantee of future performance or results.

Barron’s Top 50 Institutional Consultant recognition received based on response to Barron’s Institutional Consultant survey. Ranking featured top institutional consulting teams, including traditional brokerage firms, as well as registered investment advisor (RIA) firms and independent broker-dealers. Rankings determined based on a range of criteria which included institutional assets overseen by the team, the revenue generated by those assets, the number of clients served by the team, and the number of team members and their regulatory records. The advanced professional designations and accomplishments of the team were also considered. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with, does not receive remuneration from, or provide remuneration to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Receipt of this award should not be construed as a guarantee of future performance or results.

Pensions & Investments Top 100 Institutional Consultant recognition received based on response to Pensions & Investments Annual Investment Management Consultants Survey. Top 100 Institutional Consultants determined based on completion of survey and total assets advised. No submission fees required. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with, does not receive remuneration from, or provide remuneration to Pensions & Investments. Receipt of this award should not be construed as a guarantee of future performance or results.

2018 I.Q. Innovation Award – Recognition received based on Milwaukee BizTimes Media annual evaluation process.  Number of entries varies annually, and Francis Investment Counsel self-nominated for this award. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with, does not receive remuneration from, or provide remuneration to Milwaukee BizTimes Media.

PLANSPONSOR’s 2015 Best in Class 401(k) Plan – Recognition received based on response to Asset International’s 2014 PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey. Entries on behalf of 3,802 401(k) plans were received. No submission fees were required. Plan entries were rated through a proprietary system that weighted usage/implementation of more than 30 criteria related to plan design, oversight/governance and participant outcomes, with numeric scores assigned to each attribute. Plans that achieved a total score of more than 90 points, on a 100-point scale, were designated as “Best in Class.” Francis Investment Counsel’s own 401(k) plan was one of the 29 plans recognized in the inaugural year of the award. Plans may be recognized only once with PLANSPONSOR’s “Best in Class” designation. Francis Investment Counsel is not affiliated with, does not receive remuneration from, or provide remuneration to Asset International.

Receipt of these awards should not be construed as a guarantee of future performance or results.

The information presented has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but Francis Investment Counsel does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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