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There are hundreds of financial professionals in your area. However, choosing the right advisor that understands your financial situation and meets your needs may be quite daunting. WiserAdvisor has a network of vetted financial advisors and advisory firms and has listed them below. You can find the details of each advisor, such as their qualifications, service offerings, etc., that you could use while searching for the financial advisor that best suits your financial and investment goals.

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Finding the Top Financial Advisor in Glendale, California

Last Updated - May 11, 2024

Glendale has 12 WiserAdvisor vetted Financial Planners and Advisors on the online list below for you to choose from. These financial advisors in Glendale, California have an average of 15 years of experience.

NOTE: The list of vetted financial advisors in Glendale, California mentioned below does not include all the advisors in our network due to their compliance listing restrictions. More vetted advisors may be available when you use our free match service to compare financial advisors near you in Glendale, California.

Qualified Financial Advisors in Glendale, California

Financial Advisor Experience AUM Minimum Assets Fee Structure
Christian Johnson
CFP®
CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL PARTNERS
700 N Brand Blvd,
Suite 640,
Glendale, CA 91203
13 Years Not Specified $250,000 Fee-Based
Michael Macauley
CFP®, CFA®
SIGNATURE ESTATE & INVESTMENT ADVISORS (SEIA)
2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600,
Los Angeles, CA 90067
22 Years $250,000,000 $500,000 Fee-Based
Michael Cannone
WESTMOUNT PARTNERS
2049 Century Park East,
Suite 2500,
Los Angeles, CA 90067
22 Years Not Specified $3,000,000 Fee-Only
Daniel Scott Johnson
CRPC®
WINDFALL ADVISORS
100 Wilshire Blvd Suite 700, Santa Monica, CA 90401,
620 Newport Center Dr, Suite 1100, Newport Beach, CA 92660,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
13 Years Not Specified $250,000 Fee-Only
Andrew Selu
EDELMAN FINANCIAL ENGINES, LLC
21550 Oxnard Street,
Suite 950,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
8 Years Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based
Dash Investments
21600 Oxnard Street Ste 1755,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Not Disclosed $370,000,000 Not Specified Fee-Only
Michael Lynch
LYNCH FINANCIAL ADVISORS
1700 Eureka Road, Suite 155,
Roseville, CA 92805
19 Years $50,000,000 $0 Fee-Only
Jaci Iannello
CFP®, CRPC®
EDELMAN FINANCIAL ENGINES, LLC
2400 E. Katella Ave.,
Suite 410,
Anaheim, CA 92806
600 Anton Blvd,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
10 Years Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based
Simon Reeves
PASADENA PRIVATE WEALTH
9900 Research Drive,
Irvine, CA 92618
25 Years Not Specified $500,000 Fee-Based
Roy Sherman
CFP®, CFA
SHERMAN ASSET MANAGEMENT
1500 Palma Dr.,
Suite 133,
Ventura, CA 93003
10 Years $121,000,000 $0 Fee-Only
Nathan Wallace
SAVVY ADVISORS INC
573 Avenida Del Recreo,
Ojai, CA 93023
16 Years $52,000,000 $250,000 Fee-Only

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Qualifications CRD# 5925386
Firm CRD# 6413
Series 7, 66

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 700 N Brand Blvd,
Suite 640,
Glendale,
CA
91203
Phone Number 818-637-0177

Christian Johnson is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and earned his BS in Accounting in 2010 while working for Qualtrics, a startup company in Provo, Utah. Christian worked as an internal accountant and was valuable in keeping up with the company's growth. He also instituted an organizational system to the company's documents and finances. In 2011, Christian brought these skills to California Financial Partners and has been an integral part in the firm's expansion. Learning from the other partners, Christian is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Professional and now works directly with clients and helps them with their financial needs. He also holds the Series 7 and 66 registrations with LPL Financial, as well as his California life and health insurance license (CA Insurance Lic #0K26161). Christian is active in his church and served a two-year mission in the Philippines, learning to speak Tagalog fluently. He is actively involved in the local Filipino community. He also helps organize and oversee the local youth program in his church, helping the young men develop life skills. Christian is married to Alondra and has three children; Silas (6), Lake (5), and Dane (2), who keep them busy every day.

About California Financial Partners

California Financial Partners

At California Financial Partners, we believe in the power of teamwork. Our role is to make sure the advisory team best represents your interests. As financial advisors, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience from both inside and outside the financial planning industry. We're convinced that understanding your goals and keeping your plan up-to-date is the best way to ensure your financial well-being. We are committed to earning your trust.

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management


Qualifications CRD# 5714328
Firm CRD# 108163
Series 7, 63

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based, Based on Assets


Office Location 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600,
Los Angeles,
CA
90067
Phone Number 310-712-2365

Michael Macauley, MBA, CFA®, CFP® is a Financial Advisor with the Century City office of SEIA. His practice areas include wealth management, retirement and estate planning. He also has extensive experience with life insurance and long term care planning. Michael has been in the investment management business since 2001, working with both institutional pension plan sponsors, family office investors and with individual clients and their families. Prior to SEIA, Michael worked with Wilshire Associates, a Santa Monica based investment consulting firm. He also worked with Julius Baer Investment Management, and with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He is a member in good standing of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute. Michael is an active member of ProVisors, a Trusted Advisor organization, and Vistage International, a CEO and business leadership peer group. He is also a past member of Toastmasters International, a competitive public speaking organization. Michael was raised in Nigeria and in Czechoslovakia. Currently, he is a resident of El Segundo, California along with his wife and their two sons. Michael received his MA in International Business from the University of Economics in Slovakia. He also received his MBA with an emphasis in Finance & Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner (CFP). Michael also received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter from the CFA institute in 2006. He is also a licensed insurance agent (CA Ins. License #0G73288).

About Signature Estate & Investment Advisors (SEIA)

Signature Estate & Investment Advisors (SEIA)

Our firm is a Registered Investment Advisor, established 1995. SEIA - Signature Estate & Investment Advisors: we are an independent firm based in Los Angeles, with about 175 people. We work as Fiduciaries and manage approximately $16 billion in client assets. We have offices in Century City, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Newport Beach, Houston and in Virginia.

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Money Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management, Estate Planning & Trusts, Insurance Products & Annuities


Qualifications CRD# 4857126
Firm CRD# 158857
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Only, Based on Assets


Office Location 2049 Century Park East,
Suite 2500,
Los Angeles,
CA
90067
Phone Number 310-556-2502

Michael was born in Santa Monica and raised outside Philadelphia. At Georgetown, he double-majored in finance and small business management. Somehow, he found time to play varsity baseball, too. After college he worked for Vanguard, improving their mutual fund accounting programs. Then he moved to California, joined Alliance Bernstein, and participated in one of the industry's most esteemed advisor training programs. After earning his MBA at UCLA, Michael joined Westmount in 2011, attracted by a culture of people "humble and intellectually curious, yet courageous enough to blaze a new independent trail in our industry." He credits his grandfather, who emigrated from Italy as a young man and opened a shoemaking business in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for inspiring many of the personal financial principles he still operates by today.

About Westmount Partners

Westmount Partners

Established in 1990, Westmount Partners is a fee-only investment advisory firm blending institutional portfolio management strategies with a wide range of consulting and planning services. Our diversified investment approach manages risk while seeking superior returns across global financial markets. Our clients include high-net-worth individuals, pension plans, foundations, and endowments. Westmount has repeatedly been named one of the top wealth advisors in the country by Barron's and Financial Times magazine.

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Money Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management


Qualifications CRD# 5819978
Firm CRD# 309261
Series 7, 63, 65, 66

Compensation/Fee Fee-Only, Based on Assets


Office Location 100 Wilshire Blvd Suite 700, Santa Monica, CA 90401,
620 Newport Center Dr, Suite 1100, Newport Beach, CA 92660,
Santa Monica,
CA
90401
Phone Number 310-405-5114

Daniel Scott Johnson, Founder Is a Fee-Only, Fiduciary, RIA Financial Advisor. Recently seen live on CNN and in CNBC, FORBES. From humble beginnings in Southern Illinois to being responsible for helping managing over a billion dollars in assets with his team at Merrill Lynch in Santa Monica, CA. For over a decade, Daniel has been a top financial advisor in Los Angeles giving financial advice, financial planning and managing investment portfolios for individuals and families. Daniel owes his positive perception and love for life to his late brother who had special needs. He is exceptionally empathic and has a soft spot for families overcoming loss, disabilities and divorce. Daniel has served on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy Wheels of LA Division and Malibu Chamber of Commerce. Daniel enjoys spending every minute of his free time with his family exploring California beaches, golf courses and nature trails.

About Windfall Advisors

Windfall Advisors

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, RIA Financial Advisory Sudden Wealth Financial Advisory firm specializing in protecting, planning, and growing financial windfalls into lasting legacies. Top examples of sudden wealth and financial windfalls include: Inheritance, selling a business, divorce, lawsuit settlement award, winning the lotto, selling a property, insurance settlement award, athlete/performer success.. RIA registered investment adviser and Licenses real estate agent. Management, Planning, Advising & Guidance including but not limited to commercial and residential real estate, investment portfolio, risk management, tax minimization, cash flow planning, comprehensive retirement income planning, business legacy & estate planning.

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Money Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management, Estate Planning & Trusts


Qualifications CRD# 6281487
Firm CRD# 104510
Series 66

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 21550 Oxnard Street,
Suite 950,
Woodland Hills,
CA
91367
Phone Number 818-450-8186

Achieving results and exceeding expectations with a competent, solutions-oriented approach has been an anchor of my success in financial planning. I have a passion for helping others that has driven my career choices from a degree in law enforcement, professional experience as a corrections officer, and eventually, leading to a career shift to financial planning.

About Edelman Financial Engines, LLC

Edelman Financial Engines, LLC

Since 1986, Edelman Financial Engines has been committed to always acting in the best interest of our clients. We were founded on the belief that all American investors - not just the wealthy - deserve access to personalized, comprehensive financial planning and investment advice. Today, we are America's top independent financial planning and investment advisory firm, recognized by Barron's,1 awarded September 2021 based on data within a 12-month period. Compensation paid for use and distribution of rating. We have 145+ offices across the country and are entrusted by more than 1.3 million clients to manage more than $291 billion in assets.2 Our unique approach to serving clients combines our advanced methodology and proprietary technology with the attention of a dedicated personal financial planner. Every client's situation and goals are unique, and the powerful fusion of high-tech and high-touch allows Edelman Financial Engines to deliver the personal plan and financial confidence that everyone deserves. 1The 2021 Top 100 Independent Advisory Firm Ranking issued by Barron's is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed, revenue generated, regulatory record, staffing levels and diversity, technology spending and succession planning. Firms elect to participate but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Compensation is paid for use and distribution of rating. Investor experience and returns are not considered. 2Data as of Dec. 31, 2021.


Qualifications Firm CRD# 135281

Compensation/Fee Fee-Only


Office Location 21600 Oxnard Street Ste 1755,
Woodland Hills,
CA
91367
Phone Number 818-309-4065

About Dash Investments

Dash Investments

The Retirement Planning Experts for Over 20 Years. Dash Investments offers Comprehensive Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, and Investment Management services. Dash is a fee-only Independent Fiduciary Investment firm recently featured by "Money Magazine" as one of the top advisors in the country and has also been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. Client portfolios are personally overseen by our Executive Investment Committee, a team with over 50 years of combined experience. Heading the committee is Founder & Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Dash. Mr. Dash graduated from the University of Southern California in Finance and has also completed numerous Executive Programs at both Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School covering Corporate Restructuring, Financial Analysis, and Valuation. Our Philosophy is that each client deserves individual attention and proactive service. We want to be a partner in your success. Now also welcoming investors to our newest location at 4849 Greenville Avenue Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75206. Read articles by Jonathan Dash

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Money Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Estate Planning & Trusts


Qualifications CRD# 5062414
Firm CRD# 137094
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Only, Flat Fee


Office Location 1700 Eureka Road, Suite 155,
Roseville,
CA
92805
Phone Number 916-772-3103

Let me introduce myself. I am Mike Lynch, the founder of Lynch Financial Advisors. I started advising clients in 2000 back in New Jersey after my wife's and my financial advisor urged me to work with him. When we moved back to California in 2002, I started my own practice. What is important to me? Like most people, my wife, kids, my family, friends, and my dog. When I set my goals, these are the things that are uppermost in my mind. And without doing my own planning, I cannot reach the goals that give my life balance and happiness. Like many, I put in fair portion of hours at work. Fortunately for me I LOVE going in and helping my clients meet their goals and put together solutions that makes their lives better. As you can see through our website, this practice is centered around knowing what is important to YOU. It is NOT some marketing line by some national firm. We truly love what we do and are passionate about our clients.

About Lynch Financial Advisors

Lynch Financial Advisors

Lynch Financial Advisors is a Fee-Only (no commissions and no sales of ANY sort) Wealth and Tax Advisory firm. If your looking for advisors that look at your full financial picture in order to construct the best road to financial independence, we should talk.

Advisory Services Provided:

Tax Advice and Services


Qualifications CRD# 6411855
Firm CRD# 104510
Series 66

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 2400 E. Katella Ave.,
Suite 410,
Anaheim,
CA
92806
Phone Number 714-237-1004

Office Location 600 Anton Blvd,
Suite 1750,
Costa Mesa,CA 92626
Phone Number 714-237-1004

I view financial planning like a puzzle where we need to put all the pieces together to see the big picture. Every client I help has those pieces and putting together their big picture is what is important to me. When I am not helping my clients, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and being outside.

About Edelman Financial Engines, LLC

Edelman Financial Engines, LLC

Since 1986, Edelman Financial Engines has been committed to always acting in the best interest of our clients. We were founded on the belief that all American investors - not just the wealthy - deserve access to personalized, comprehensive financial planning and investment advice. Today, we are America's top independent financial planning and investment advisory firm, recognized by Barron's,1 awarded September 2021 based on data within a 12-month period. Compensation paid for use and distribution of rating. We have 145+ offices across the country and are entrusted by more than 1.3 million clients to manage more than $291 billion in assets.2 Our unique approach to serving clients combines our advanced methodology and proprietary technology with the attention of a dedicated personal financial planner. Every client's situation and goals are unique, and the powerful fusion of high-tech and high-touch allows Edelman Financial Engines to deliver the personal plan and financial confidence that everyone deserves. 1The 2021 Top 100 Independent Advisory Firm Ranking issued by Barron's is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed, revenue generated, regulatory record, staffing levels and diversity, technology spending and succession planning. Firms elect to participate but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Compensation is paid for use and distribution of rating. Investor experience and returns are not considered. 2Data as of Dec. 31, 2021.


Qualifications CRD# 2835991
Firm CRD# 295178
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based, Hourly, Flat Fee, Based on Assets


Office Location 9900 Research Drive,
Irvine,
CA
92618
Phone Number 877-433-3665

Simon brings 23 years of investment experience to his role as fiduciary and partner at Pasadena Private Wealth. He specializes in advising wealthy families and high-net worth individuals to help them achieve their long-term investment goals, including estate and heritage planning. As a former Wall Street trader, Simon utilizes his unique investment insight to create globally diversified, tax-efficient portfolios based on solid academic research and an in-depth analysis of economic, political, and social developments around the world. His clients include current and former professionals at the top of their respective fields, including CEOs, entrepreneurs, hedge fund managers, and attorneys. Simon currently serves on the Board of Directors of Saddleback Memorial Foundation. As a member of the Board's Investment Committee, he helps one of Orange County's leading non-profit hospital systems to invest its substantial portfolio and further its mission. Prior to becoming an independent wealth manager, Simon was the Founder and President of his own options trading company on the floor of the American Stock Exchange in New York. There he generated significant profits utilizing risk-averse trading strategies, eventually expanding his company to include traders on the floors of the American Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Born and raised in New York City, Simon holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on global economics.

About Pasadena Private Wealth

Pasadena Private Wealth

Pasadena Private Wealth provides a variety of standalone financial planning and consulting services to clients for the management of financial resources based upon an analysis of current situation, goals, and objectives. Financial planning services will typically involve preparing a financial plan or rendering a financial consultation for clients based on the client's financial goals and objectives. This planning or consulting may encompass Investment Planning, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Charitable Planning, Education Planning, Corporate and Personal Tax Planning, Cost Segregation Study, Corporate Structure, Real Estate Analysis, Mortgage/Debt Analysis, Insurance Analysis, Lines of Credit Evaluation, or Business and Personal Financial Planning. Written financial plans or financial consultations rendered to clients usually include general recommendations for a course of activity or specific actions to be taken by the clients. Implementation of the recommendations will be at the discretion of the client. Our firm provides clients with a summary of their financial situation, and observations for financial planning engagements. Financial consultations are not typically accompanied by a written summary of observations and recommendations, as the process is less formal than the planning service. We're a different kind of investment advisory firm. That's because we offer much more than investment management: we are a true one-stop shop for personal and business financial advice, delivered seamlessly through one voice. With over 110 years of combined financial services experience, our bench is deep and our skills range from banking and real estate to portfolio management and corporate retirement plan design. This enables us to be highly responsive and propose solutions that take into account your entire financial picture, however complex and intermingled your various assets and income streams are. Because we have witnessed firsthand the inefficiencies of a compartmentalized approach, PPW has purposely tried to eliminate the service layers and the product barriers that are so often present in larger institutions. Our versatile advisers are trained and equipped to answer a variety of financial questions without always needing to consult a product specialist from another division. This allows us to be product-agnostic, and makes our professional staff more responsive and more accountable to our clients on all fronts. Our core belief is that by having all of these skills and services under one roof, we can be better stewards of your family's wealth.

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management, Estate Planning & Trusts


Qualifications CRD# 6312263
Firm CRD# 170861
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Only, Hourly, Flat Fee, Based on Assets


Office Location 1500 Palma Dr.,
Suite 133,
Ventura,
CA
93003
Phone Number 805-655-5062

I started working as a financial planner in 2014. I use my background in the fields of psychology, business, and financial planning to assist you in achieving your goals and navigating financial decisions. I specialize in helping solopreneurs maximize the effectiveness of their resources. I live with my wife and two children, and enjoy running, cooking, and travelling together.

About Sherman Asset Management

Sherman Asset Management

Sherman Asset Management is a Registered Investment Advisor serving people anywhere in the United States.

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Money Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management


Qualifications CRD# 5646552
Firm CRD# 1111
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Only, Hourly, Based on Assets


Office Location 573 Avenida Del Recreo,
Ojai,
CA
93023
Phone Number 805-285-7686

Nathan brings 15+ years of investment experience to Savvy. He began his career as a research analyst at a boutique quantitative equity management firm, where he helped research and implement new factors to drive portfolio performance. During that time, he entered the institutional consulting field and helped plan and implement portfolio strategies for multiple pension funds across the west coast of the United States. In 2013 Nathan founded Greyfox Investors, with the goal of providing intelligent, approachable wealth management strategies for families, nonprofits and institutions. Nathan is particularly passionate about providing ESG focused solutions to clients and helping align investments with his clients ethics. Nathan lives in southern California with his three children and two dogs. A true outdoorsman and philanthropist, he spends his time outside of work camping, skiing, and volunteering his time with a variety of educational and environmental non-profits.

About Savvy Advisors Inc

Savvy Advisors Inc

Savvy Wealth is a modern wealth management firm. We pair you with a dedicated financial advisory team to handle your holistic wealth management needs, including financial planning, investment management, tax optimization, estate planning, retirement planning, and more. We help take control of your financial future so that you can live the life you aspire to live. Visit www.savvywealth.com to learn more. Savvy Wealth Inc. is a technology company and parent company of Savvy Advisors Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory Firm (Savvy Advisors DBA Savvy Wealth).

Advisory Services Provided:

Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, 401K Rollovers, Wealth Management, Money Management, Risk Management, Education Funding and Planning, Financial Advice & Consulting, Financial Planning for Individuals, Financial Planning for Businesses, Investment Advice & Management, Estate Planning & Trusts


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Top Financial Advisor Firms in Glendale, California (Ranked by AUM)

Firm Name No. of Advisors No. of Clients AUM Fee Structure
U.S. BANCORP ADVISORS, LLC
800 N. Brand Boulevard, 16th Floor, Glendale, CA 91203
388 4542 $1,473,263,990
A Percentage of AUM
DIRECT LENDING INVESTMENTS, LLC
550 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 2000, Glendale, CA 91203
27 3 $866,299,504
A Percentage of AUM, Performance Based
WESCAP GROUP
330 N. Brand Blvd, Suite 850, Glendale, CA 91203
13 1248 $849,700,000
A Percentage of AUM, Hourly charges, Fixed Fees
PACIFIC GLOBAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CO
101 N. Brand Blvd, Ste 1950, Glendale, CA 91203
14 929 $638,090,351
A Percentage of AUM, Hourly charges

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    Yes, a financial advisor in California can help you prepare for your child's college expenses by analyzing your current financial situation, setting college savings goals, and providing guidance on college savings vehicles, such as the 529 College Savings Plan. Advisors can also help you navigate financial aid options when it is time for your child to go to college. To learn more about effective ways to save for college, read on about the best approaches to plan for a college education.

    Yes, a financial advisor in California can provide guidance on local tax strategies and exemptions unique to the state. California has its state tax laws and regulations, including income tax, property tax, and other local taxes. A knowledgeable financial advisor can help individuals and businesses navigate these specific tax requirements, identify potential tax-saving opportunities, and ensure compliance with local tax laws. To learn more, read on about how a financial advisor can help you manage your finances.

    To evaluate the performance of your financial advisor in California, you should start by assessing the progress of your financial goals and whether the advisor's recommendations align with your objectives. Compare your investment portfolio's performance to relevant market benchmarks, and evaluate advisor fees for reasonableness and transparency. Additionally, evaluate your advisor's communication and trustworthiness by assessing their ability to keep you informed, address concerns, and consider your overall satisfaction with their guidance. To learn more about evaluating your financial advisor, explore this guide on the things you should know to assess your financial advisor's work.

    Financial advisors in California typically use a range of resources and tools to track their client's investments and monitor financial progress. These may include creating regular portfolio reports to summarize investment performance and allocation, utilizing risk assessment tools to help determine clients' risk tolerance and align investment strategies, and using rebalancing tools to ensure alignment with long-term objectives. Notably, the availability of resources can vary based on the advisor's expertise, firm practices, and individual client preferences. Therefore, it's important to inquire about an advisor's investment management process to gain more insight. To learn more, read on about how financial advisors track and monitor your financial goals.

    While already having a 401(k) or other retirement account is a positive step towards saving for retirement, a financial advisor in California can provide helpful guidance and expertise beyond just managing your retirement account. They can help you set and prioritize your financial goals, optimize your investment strategy, manage risk, and provide knowledgeable financial market insights. With their knowledge and experience, a financial advisor can help you make informed decisions, navigate complex financial situations, and maximize the potential of your retirement savings. Explore why and when you might require a financial advisor to gain a better understanding of their role.

    Yes, there are financial advisors in California who specialize in helping individuals who are retiring without a retirement plan. These advisors understand the unique challenges faced by individuals in this situation and can provide guidance on creating a financial roadmap for retirement. They may assist in developing strategies to maximize savings, establish a sustainable retirement income, and explore investment options suited for late-stage retirement planning. To gain a deeper understanding of late-life retirement planning, read on about how to plan for retirement if you start late in life.