My Philosophy on Money
While there is plenty of academic research that suggests money doesn’t make you happy once your basic needs are met, I do think it has a lot of potential to make you unhappy no matter how much you have. I therefore seek first and foremost to use money as a tool for achieving equanimity and peace of mind for my clients. My goal is not to help you maximize your net worth or income but instead to help you think through your values and act accordingly. Money, when handled correctly, can be an incredible tool for reducing stress, achieving a feeling of security for you and your family and giving you the freedom to pursue your dreams. My hope is that I can be a coach and guide to help you along that path.
Other than your health, your money is perhaps the most personal and impactful area of your life. Just like with your doctor, trust is crucial. So why should you trust me to know what I’m doing? Here are a few of the things that I’ve done that have prepared me to handle your money with care and expertise.
I have nearly two decades of experience in financial services at multiple well-known firms, including Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Goldman Sachs.
I have earned the well-regarded Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations. If you’re unfamiliar with the CFA you can read more about it on this site, but the following is brief excerpt:
“The CFA designation is one of the most respected and recognized investment management designations in the world. To earn the charter, candidates must pass all three levels of the exam, which is considered to be the most rigorous exam in the investment profession … Less than one in five candidates who begin the program end up finishing … Candidates study approximately 1,000 hours on average to master 8,500 pages of curriculum. The CFA Program curriculum includes ethical and professional standards; financial reporting and analysis; corporate finance; economics; quantitative methods; equity; fixed income; alternative investments; derivatives; portfolio management; and wealth planning.”
I have an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, ranked by Forbes Magazine as the #1 MBA program in the country and by US News and Bloomberg BusinessWeek as among the top 3.
On a personal note
I live with my wife and two young children near Boston, Massachusetts where I enjoy spending as much time as possible outside with my family and appreciating everything the city has to offer. I’ve run nearly a dozen marathons, including a personal best of just under 2 hours 55 minutes at the 2017 Boston Marathon. In my spare time I love to learn about anything and everything and am an avid reader of books of all types.