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Qualified Financial Advisors in Palo Alto, California
Financial Advisor Office Location Phone Number
Value Monitoring Inc.
Value Monitoring Inc.
250 Oak Grove Ave 2nd Floor Suite A,
Menlo Park, CA  94025
650-451-3410
Personal Capital
Personal Capital Advisors Corporation
3 Lagoon Drive,
Redwood City, CA  94065
650-556-1310
Hans Reese, CFP®
New Stage Investment Group®
1900 S Norfolk St, Ste 350,
San Mateo, CA  94403
650-458-0312
Robert Choy
Edelman Financial Engines, LLC
3945 Freedom Circle, Suite 950,
Santa Clara, CA  95054
408-916-3915
Niagara Credit Income Fund
Lateral Investment Management
400 S El Camino Real,
San Mateo, CA  94402
650-396-2200
Chris Cox
Allworth Financial
1550 The Alameda, Suite 125,
San Jose, CA  95126
408-244-3800
Mallory Dinis
Edelman Financial Engines, LLC
4301 Hacienda Drive, Suite 100,
Pleasanton, CA  94588
925-660-4722
Personal Capital
Personal Capital Advisors Corporation
250 Montgomery Street,
San Francisco, CA  94104
855-855-8005
650-556-1310
Mark Palmer
Edelman Financial Engines, LLC
2175 North California Boulevard,
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
925-962-5823
William Callahan
Callahan Financial Planning Company
851 Irwin St Ste 201A,
San Rafael, CA  94901
415-795-8600
Robert Choy
Edelman Financial Engines, LLC
4040 Civic Center Drive,
San Rafael, CA  94903
408-916-3915

Information on Qualified Financial Advisors in Palo Alto

Qualifications CRD# 6329981
FirmCRD# 106056

Compensation/Fee Fee Only


Office Location 250 Oak Grove Ave 2nd Floor Suite A,
Menlo Park,
CA 
94025
Phone Number 650-451-3410

Value Monitoring Inc (VMI) is a family run financial planning and investment management firm. Dave and Mark Levenson are the company's owners and principal financial advisors. VMI was started by their father in the 80's, and they have worked together as a family since the early 2000s. Over the years, VMI has developed a broad range of financial products and strategies for use in investment portfolio construction, tax planning, and retirement and estate plan designs. Dave is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Mark has a series 7 and is licensed to sell insurance, though VMI only consults on insurance products, we do not sell them. VMI works closely with clients to generate customized financial plans and to help find or create the right investment vehicles, insurance products, and other financial tools to fulfill those plans. At VMI we are not money managers who do financial planning, we are financial planners who manage money. Figuring out how to make our clients' lives better, smoother, and easier is at the center of everything we do.

About Value Monitoring Inc.

Deep Relationships built on mutual trust and respect are key to success. Those who work with us will tell you that we are responsive as well as proactive, and that we communicate honestly. Our team is passionate and thorough in how we assess our clients' financial goals.



Qualifications FirmCRD# 155172

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 3 Lagoon Drive,
Suite 200,
Redwood City,
CA 
94065
Phone Number 650-556-1310

WHY USE PERSONAL CAPITAL

Free Financial Tools

Get a 360-degree view of your money and see all your accounts in one place, including your investments. And go deeper with our planning and analytics tools.

The tools are yours with no obligation. Setting up your dashboard will make your discussion with an Advisor -- whether ours or a competitor's -- more productive.

Personalized Advice

Our team of licensed fiduciary advisors understands that every investor is unique. With the dynamic tools used by both you and your advisor we are able to identify and alert you to opportunities so you can act on them.

Customized Strategy

Customization begins by learning about your entire financial situation and goals. From there, we'll determine how much growth you need to reach those goals. Once we're clear on every facet of your financial life, we design a portfolio that reflects your risk and return profile.

Identify Hidden Fees

You could be losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in hidden fees in your mutual fund, investing, and retirement accounts. Discover any hidden investment fees you weren't aware of.

Invest in a Sustainable Future

Our Socially Responsible Personal Strategy (SRI) is a way for you to support and invest in companies more proactively managing environmental, social, and corporate governance related issues, also known as ESG.

Transparent Fees

We charge one all-inclusive management fee at a fraction of the cost of traditional financial institutions. There are no hidden fees, no trailing fees and no trade commissions.

Personal Capital is owned by Empower Retirement, the second largest retirement services company in the US, with $709 billion in assets and 9.4 million participants as of 9/30/2020

About Personal Capital Advisors Corporation

Personal Capital provides a unique combination of personalized human advice and free, innovative technology. We have local presences nationwide and fully remote capabilities with clients in all 50 states and $15bn in assets as of 11/30/2020. Join the 2.7 million people who track over $980bn with our free tools, including our Retirement Planner, Investment Checkup™, and Fee Analyzer™.



Qualifications CRD# 4334724
FirmCRD# 6413
Series 7, 66

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


Office Location 1900 S Norfolk St, Ste 350,
San Mateo,
CA 
94403
Phone Number 650-458-0312

Hans Reese is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm) professional since 2007 and owner of New Stage Investment Group® With over 20 years of industry experience, Hans started his career with Merrill Lynch, before moving to Morgan Stanley and then joined with LPL Financial in 2006. Hans' focus is personal financial planning with a special emphasis on retirement, tax aware investing and the use of lower cost investments. Hans' professional background includes experience in hospitality, international logistics and internet startups. This background provides a rich combination of business experience, international perspective and personal service. Hans was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Punahou. Hans then attended the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business with a degree in International Business, Finance and a minor in German Language. Hans and his family have close ties to both the Bay Area and Hawaii.

About New Stage Investment Group®

We are an independent, fee-based investment management firm. Our planning advice is ongoing for each stage of your life. Our investment management is a professional process that seeks to use lower cost, tax efficient investments when creating, investing and monitoring a tailored investment portfolio. Put the two together and your result is a simplified pursuit of financial success. Improve your planning. Invest professionally. Save time. Worry less. Hans Reese is a financial advisor with, and securities and advisory services, offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor, Member FINRA www.finra.org, SIPC www.sipc.org.



Qualifications CRD# 2641028
FirmCRD# 104510
Series 66


Office Location 3945 Freedom Circle, Suite 950,
Santa Clara,
CA 
95054
Phone Number 408-916-3915

As a financial planner since 2000, I work hard to assure my clients that together we can create a workable and livable plan that can help lead them to the financial lifestyle they desire. It may not always be easy but its definitely worthwhile. Outside of work, I have a passion for art and architecture.

About 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 advisor, recognized by both InvestmentNews1 and Barron's2, with 180+ planner offices across the country and entrusted by more than 1.1 million clients to manage more than $200 billion in assets. 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. 1Ranking and status for 2017. For independence methodology and ranking, see InvestmentNews Center (http://data.investmentnews.com/ria/); 2The Top 40 Independent Advisory Firm Ranking issued by Barron's is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed, the size and experience of teams, and the regulatory records of the advisers and firms. Firms elect to participate, but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Investor returns/experience are not considered. 2018 ranking refers to Edelman Financial Services (EFS), which combined its advisory business in its entirety with Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. (FEA) in November 2018. For the same survey, FEA received a precombination ranking of twelfth.



Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 400 S El Camino Real,
Suite 1100,
San Mateo,
CA 
94402
Phone Number 650-396-2200

OUR APPROACH Lateral Investment Management manages the Niagara Credit Income Fund where investors have the choice of a 5, 6, or 8% income with quarterly distributions and risk mitigation by a first-loss subordinated tranche. The Fund targets net returns that are higher than fixed income benchmarks with mitigated principal risk, lower volatility, and lower correlation to the public markets. The Fund has not missed a quarterly distribution since its inception in 2013. Lateral manages fixed income and private equity strategies that seek to help investors diversify their portfolios from public market volatility while generating consistent quarterly cash returns. Lateral invests in growing, established private businesses in the US through senior secured loans and minority equity stakes. Our portfolio focuses on domestic manufacturing, infrastructure, and healthcare services, tech-enabled business services and specialty finance. Our funds exclusively serve institutional investors, qualified purchasers and accredited investors.

About Lateral Investment Management

Lateral Investment Management, LLC ("Lateral"), founded in 2014, is an opportunistic credit and growth equity private asset manager. The firm provides growth capital to non-sponsored, lower- middle market companies through the direct origination of short-term loans and minority equity stakes. Our private market strategies focus on investing in lower-middle market firms that have limited capital availability due to the structural dislocation in the US capital markets. We partner with owner-operators who have high conviction in their future outlook and want the support of an institutional investor without the loss of control and dilution of a traditional private equity partner. Lateral is an SEC registered firm* with approximately $450MM in assets under management. The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and has an office in New York City.



Qualifications CRD# 5267373
FirmCRD# 111167

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 1550 The Alameda, Suite 125,
San Jose,
CA 
95126
Phone Number 408-244-3800

With more than 25 years of financial sector experience, Chris Cox is an advisor in the San Jose office. A Bay Area native, Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When not advising clients, Chris enjoys European travel, hiking, camping, mountain biking and snowboarding.

About Allworth Financial

Based out of Sacramento, California, Allworth Financial is an independent financial advisory firm that specializes in retirement planning, investment advising, and 401(k) management with a direct approach to financial planning. Allworth delivers long- and short-term investment planning solutions and advice to help clients achieve their goals and plan strategically for retirement. The firm, which was founded in 1993, has grown to serve more than 12,000 clients and manages over $10 billion in client assets.



Qualifications CRD# 1095790
FirmCRD# 104510
Series 65


Office Location 4301 Hacienda Drive, Suite 100,
Pleasanton,
CA 
94588
Phone Number 925-660-4722

I provide my clients with holistic advice designed to help protect and grow their wealth so they can achieve their financial goals. My wife Jaclynn and I have one daughter. Originally from Hawaii, I enjoy working out and keeping fit.

About 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 advisor, recognized by both InvestmentNews1 and Barron's2, with 180+ planner offices across the country and entrusted by more than 1.1 million clients to manage more than $200 billion in assets. 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. 1Ranking and status for 2017. For independence methodology and ranking, see InvestmentNews Center (http://data.investmentnews.com/ria/); 2The Top 40 Independent Advisory Firm Ranking issued by Barron's is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed, the size and experience of teams, and the regulatory records of the advisers and firms. Firms elect to participate, but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Investor returns/experience are not considered. 2018 ranking refers to Edelman Financial Services (EFS), which combined its advisory business in its entirety with Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. (FEA) in November 2018. For the same survey, FEA received a precombination ranking of twelfth.



Qualifications FirmCRD# 155172

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 250 Montgomery Street,
Suite 700,
San Francisco,
CA 
94104
Phone Number 855-855-8005

Office Location 250 Montgomery Street,
Suite 700,
San Francisco,CA  94104
Phone Number 855-855-8005

WHY USE PERSONAL CAPITAL

Free Financial Tools

Get a 360-degree view of your money and see all your accounts in one place, including your investments. And go deeper with our planning and analytics tools.

The tools are yours with no obligation. Setting up your dashboard will make your discussion with an Advisor -- whether ours or a competitor's -- more productive.

Personalized Advice

Our team of licensed fiduciary advisors understands that every investor is unique. With the dynamic tools used by both you and your advisor we are able to identify and alert you to opportunities so you can act on them.

Customized Strategy

Customization begins by learning about your entire financial situation and goals. From there, we'll determine how much growth you need to reach those goals. Once we're clear on every facet of your financial life, we design a portfolio that reflects your risk and return profile.

Identify Hidden Fees

You could be losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in hidden fees in your mutual fund, investing, and retirement accounts. Discover any hidden investment fees you weren't aware of.

Invest in a Sustainable Future

Our Socially Responsible Personal Strategy (SRI) is a way for you to support and invest in companies more proactively managing environmental, social, and corporate governance related issues, also known as ESG.

Transparent Fees

We charge one all-inclusive management fee at a fraction of the cost of traditional financial institutions. There are no hidden fees, no trailing fees and no trade commissions.

Personal Capital is owned by Empower Retirement, the second largest retirement services company in the US, with $709 billion in assets and 9.4 million participants as of 9/30/2020

About Personal Capital Advisors Corporation

Personal Capital provides a unique combination of personalized human advice and free, innovative technology. We have local presences nationwide and fully remote capabilities with clients in all 50 states and $15bn in assets as of 11/30/2020. Join the 2.7 million people who track over $980bn with our free tools, including our Retirement Planner, Investment Checkup™, and Fee Analyzer™.



Qualifications CRD# 2546710
FirmCRD# 104510
Series 65


Office Location 2175 North California Boulevard,
Suite 800,
Walnut Creek,
CA 
94596
Phone Number 925-962-5823

Ive been a financial planner since 1998. Putting my experience to work every day is what I love best. Having the opportunity to work with my clients on their journey to financial security is challenging in a good way, and its always rewarding to help them reach their goals. In my spare time, you can usually find me sailing or cooking up something delicious.

About 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 advisor, recognized by both InvestmentNews1 and Barron's2, with 180+ planner offices across the country and entrusted by more than 1.1 million clients to manage more than $200 billion in assets. 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. 1Ranking and status for 2017. For independence methodology and ranking, see InvestmentNews Center (http://data.investmentnews.com/ria/); 2The Top 40 Independent Advisory Firm Ranking issued by Barron's is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed, the size and experience of teams, and the regulatory records of the advisers and firms. Firms elect to participate, but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Investor returns/experience are not considered. 2018 ranking refers to Edelman Financial Services (EFS), which combined its advisory business in its entirety with Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. (FEA) in November 2018. For the same survey, FEA received a precombination ranking of twelfth.



Qualifications CRD# 153050
FirmCRD# 153050
Series 7

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


Office Location 851 Irwin St Ste 201A,
San Rafael,
CA 
94901
Phone Number 415-795-8600

Callahan Financial Planning is an independent fiduciary financial advisor, providing financial planning and investment management services with 6 offices across 3 regions: San Rafael, San Francisco, and Mill Valley in Northern California, in Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska, and in the Denver metro area in Centennial Colorado. We provide a special form of conflict-free financial advice called fee-only financial planning. This means both the company and all of our financial advisors make a legal and ethical commitment to place the interest of our clients first in everything that we do, and we will never receive a sales commission for anything we do. Callahan Financial Planning is a federally registered investment advisor serving clients throughout the U.S., and our practice is one of the largest NAPFA financial advisory practices in the some of the markets we serve.

About Callahan Financial Planning Company

Callahan Financial Planning is an independent fiduciary financial advisor, providing financial planning and investment management services with 6 offices across 3 regions: San Rafael, San Francisco, and Mill Valley in Northern California, in Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska, and in the Denver metro area in Centennial Colorado. We provide a special form of conflict-free financial advice called fee-only financial planning. This means both the company and all of our financial advisors make a legal and ethical commitment to place the interest of our clients first in everything that we do, and we will never receive a sales commission for anything we do. Callahan Financial Planning is a federally registered investment advisor serving clients throughout the U.S., and our practice is one of the largest NAPFA financial advisory practices in the some of the markets we serve.



Qualifications CRD# 2641028
FirmCRD# 104510
Series 66


Office Location 4040 Civic Center Drive,
Suite 200,
San Rafael,
CA 
94903
Phone Number 408-916-3915

As a financial planner since 2000, I work hard to assure my clients that together we can create a workable and livable plan that can help lead them to the financial lifestyle they desire. It may not always be easy but its definitely worthwhile. Outside of work, I have a passion for art and architecture.

About 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 advisor, recognized by both InvestmentNews1 and Barron's2, with 180+ planner offices across the country and entrusted by more than 1.1 million clients to manage more than $200 billion in assets. 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. 1Ranking and status for 2017. For independence methodology and ranking, see InvestmentNews Center (http://data.investmentnews.com/ria/); 2The Top 40 Independent Advisory Firm Ranking issued by Barron's is qualitative and quantitative, including assets managed, the size and experience of teams, and the regulatory records of the advisers and firms. Firms elect to participate, but do not pay to be included in the ranking. Investor returns/experience are not considered. 2018 ranking refers to Edelman Financial Services (EFS), which combined its advisory business in its entirety with Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. (FEA) in November 2018. For the same survey, FEA received a precombination ranking of twelfth.



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