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Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc. Names Andrew Flinton, CFP® President

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Randy Thurman, CFP® has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Founder Joe Bowie, CFP® moves to a Senior Advisor role. These leadership appointments are effective immediately.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Andrew’s experience and vision to continue our legacy,” said CEO Randy Thurman, CFP®. “Andrew’s unique combination of integrity, intellect, and charisma make him the perfect person to lead us as we embark on our next chapter.”

Flinton said, “I’ve been blessed with great mentors and a talented group of professionals. We are excited to continue to work together to make Retirement Investment Advisors the top fee-only firm in Oklahoma.”

Flinton is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and has worked as a comprehensive financial planner since 2008. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.  He serves as a member of the Investment Policy Committee for Retirement Investment Advisors and is directly involved in the investment selection and allocation guidelines for the firm. Andrew is a volunteer and Board member for Tenaciously Teal, a non-profit that supports those during their fight with cancer.  He has also been involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, and has served as a volunteer at OU Children’s Hospital.   Andrew lives in Edmond with his wife Courtney and their two daughters.  

Based in Oklahoma City, with offices in Edmond and Frisco, Texas, Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc. is set apart because all of their financial advisors are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, which requires additional training and certification. They have been cited by more than 35* national publications as one of the nation’s top financial planning companies.

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03/14/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 03/06/17

03/06/2017
It was a grand slam. Major U.S. stock markets were positively euphoric following President Trump’s speech on February 28. Optimism about the new administration’s pro-growth policies propelled the four major U.S. stock indices to record highs, despite a dearth of policy details, reported Financial Times. Read More

Weekly Market Commentary- 02/28/2017

02/28/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 02/21/2017

02/21/2017
Up! Four major U.S. benchmark stock indices closed at record highs for four consecutive days during Valentine’s Day week, reported Financial Times (FT). To date, positive corporate earnings and robust investor confidence have offset fiscal and political uncertainty and helped push U.S. stock markets higher, said sources cited by FT. With 82 percent of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index reporting, corporate earnings are up 4.6 percent for the fourth quarter of 2016. Read More

Weekly Market Commentary- 02/14/17

02/14/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 02/07/17

02/07/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 01/31/2017

01/31/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 01/24/17

01/24/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 01/17/17

01/17/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 01/10/17

01/10/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 01/03/17

01/03/2017
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Weekly Market Commentary- 12/27/16

12/27/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 12/20/16

12/20/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 12/13/16

12/13/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 12/06/16

12/06/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 11/29/16

11/29/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 11/22/16

11/22/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 11/15/16

11/15/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 11/08/16

11/08/2016
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Weekly Market Commentary- 11/01/16

11/01/2016
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