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Finding the Top Financial Advisor in Durham, North Carolina
Last Updated - 27-Nov-2022

Durham has 5 WiserAdvisor vetted Financial Planners and Advisors for you to choose from and 40 non-vetted advisors in your local area. These financial advisors in Durham, North Carolina have an average of 19 years of experience.

NOTE: The list of financial advisors in Durham, North Carolina mentioned below do 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 Durham, North Carolina.

Qualified Financial Advisors in Durham, North Carolina
Financial Advisor Experience AUM Minimum Assets Fee Structure
Tom Morris
CASL®, CFP®, RICP®, CLU®, RMA®, MBA, ChFC®
NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL -TOM MORRIS
240 Leigh Farm Rd,
Ste 400,
Durham, NC 27707
Not Disclosed Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based
Kenneth Nelson
AIFA®, CRPS®, CRPC®, AIF®
NELSON WEALTH ADVISORS
Office A:10604 Bent Twig Drive, Raleigh NC 27613,
Office B: 9121 Anson Way, Suite #204,
Raleigh, NC 27615
35 Not Specified $1M and up Fee-Based
Kelli Smith
CFP®, Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®), CRPC®
EDELMAN FINANCIAL ENGINES, LLC
4700 Falls of Neuse Road,
Suite 275,
Raleigh, NC 27609
8 Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based
Coach Pete DArruda
RFC®, RICP®, MRFC
CAPITAL FINANCIAL ADVISORY GROUP, LLC
1500 Town Side Drive, Suite 200,
Apex, NC 27502
27 Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based
Kelli Smith
CFP®, CRPC®
EDELMAN FINANCIAL ENGINES, LLC
717 Green Valey Rd.,
Suite 200,
Greensboro, NC 27408
8 Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based

Information on Qualified Financial Advisors in Durham

Qualifications CRD# 5052940
Firm CRD# 2881
Series 7

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


Office Location 240 Leigh Farm Rd,
Ste 400,
Durham,
NC
27707
Phone Number 919-401-0331

I live in Durham, North Carolina, in the heart of the Research Triangle. I have a wonderful wife of 37 years, Lynn, and a daughter and son. My favorite activities involve spending time with friends and family. I love to ski, play golf, camp, and I walk with my father most every day. Service has always been a part of my family history. My parents were physicians, my grandparents missionaries in China and small business owners. My other relatives are college professors, business owners, estate attorneys, missionaries and foundation executives, and my two grown children are both educators. Most of my family went to Wake Forest University, though my loyalty lies with UNC and Duke. I earned an undergraduate degree with focus on Economics, Business, and Psychology from UNC in Chapel Hill, NC. Not realizing that would be a perfect background for financial planning, I kept reinventing myself as an executive to create value in 14 high-growth startups. In my spare time while running the IT group for a highly profitable 24/7/365 manufacturing facility (part of a Fortune 20 company), I earned a Duke MBA. In 2005 I decided to start a financial planning practice, garnering my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional designation three years later. Since then I've accumulated another 7 planning designations, and I still attend upwards of 15 conferences and industry events a year: I believe it's my obligation to clients to keep on top of current research, changes in policy, and thought leadership so I can serve them better and get them to the best possible outcomes. I specialize in financial independence, life, and legacy planning for clients in or near retirement, as well as business owners and executives.

About Northwestern Mutual -Tom Morris

You have decisions in your financial picture, you're the CEO of your financial life. Your job is to take all these ideas and decisions and make sure there's no gaps or overlaps. You have an asset management, risk management, and tax management divisions in your business management. One question: when you think about your whole financial picture, when was the last time someone besides you saw the whole thing in one place? Our team is going to do a deep dive on the whole picture and report back to you about what you're doing that's really well-aligned, and typically find a few areas to talk about. And more importantly, there are going to be some strategy things that you didn't know you didn't know. At the end of the day, financial planning is not just about the numbers -- how much you have and how much you need -- but about why the things you want are important to you. We go into much, much deeper planning than the math alone would dictate because we want to help people live focused on the joy in their lives. It's about the finances supporting your life, not your life supporting the finances.

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, Insurance Products & Annuities


Qualifications CRD# 1780923
Firm CRD# 30613
Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, 65

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


Office Location Office A:10604 Bent Twig Drive, Raleigh NC 27613,
Office B: 9121 Anson Way, Suite #204,
Raleigh,
NC
27615
Phone Number 919-845-3339

Ken Nelson started in the investment industry in Manhattan immediately after the crash of 1987. He earned an Engineering degree from Tufts University and has very strong quantitative skills as evidenced by his perfect Math SAT score, and State Chess Championship. He became a branch manager of a major brokerage firm at age 26, one of the youngest in his firms history. Ken has provided economic commentary on TV and radio since 1990. He can be heard in the Triangle on 680AM. Ken earned his MBA (3.9 GPA) from Duke University in 2001. At graduation, Ken was asked by his Professors to return and guest lecture. Ken has guest lectured at Duke in the MBA program and Olli Program. Prior to the Covid pandemic in 2020, Ken taught a class on "The History of Money and Financial Markets" in the Olli Program. He is in the process of turning his course into a book. Ken has utilized Duke, UNC,and NC State Phd candidates, Masters candidates and undergraduates as interns since 1991. They help Ken with his academic research in the financial markets. Ken and his fiance' have 10 children and 6 grandchildren. Ken coached boys and girls soccer at the recreational, Challenge and Classic level periodically from 1992 - 2012 (mostly with CASL). Ken loves soccer, chess, skiing, history, and investments. While Ken has 35 years in the industry, he hopes to work 35 more. His investment practice is a family affair. His fiance' and son also work in the investment practice.

About Nelson Wealth Advisors

We are a committed group of professionals dedicated to providing superior investment advice to our corporate and high net worth clients. We average over 30 years of experience in the financial industry. We strive to provide the best, most professional and personalized service possible. We act honestly, with pride and integrity, and always in the best interest of our clients. We earn our clients trust and respect. We believe our knowledge, combined with the exceptional service we provide, ensure our clients are proud to recommend us to their family members, colleagues and friends.


Qualifications CRD# 6519874
Firm CRD# 6519874
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 4700 Falls of Neuse Road,
Suite 275,
Raleigh,
NC
27609
Phone Number 919-747-6052

I partner with my clients to help them envision their future and build a plan around what's most important to them. When I'm not working, I spend time with my family, staying active and exploring the state of North Carolina.

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 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# 2756672
Firm CRD# 144374
Series 65

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


Office Location 1500 Town Side Drive, Suite 200,
Apex,
NC
27502
Phone Number 919-657-4201

Known as "Coach Pete" on the radio, Mr. D'Arruda has over 27 years in the financial arena with NO complaints. Coach Pete is also a SMARTVESTOR PRO with Dave Ramsey. He has authored 6 books and co-authored 2. Two of his books have reached the best-sellers list on Amazon. The most noteworthy book, Successonomics, is one that Coach Pete co-authored with Steve Forbes. But, by far, his favorite book just happens to be his most recent, 7 Baby Steps to a ridiculously Reliable Retirement Income. His newest book, AMERICA ASKS COACH is a great read as well. He has just been named to the prestigious Forbes Leadership Council and will be submitting at least 6 articles a year to Forbes. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina. He is a proud father of daughter, Caroline, age 14 with his wife, Kim. A+ rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and the National Ethics Association.

About Capital Financial Advisory Group, LLC

Known as "Coach Pete" to his listeners and clients, Coach Pete and his firm are a committed group of professional fiduciaries dedicated to providing superior investment advice to their high networth clients. Coach Pete is also a SMARTVESTOR PRO with Dave Ramsey. A fiduciary is any person or institution that has the power to act on behalf of another in situations that require great trust, honesty, and loyalty. His radio show, "The Financial Safari" first aired in 2005 and can be heard weekly on more than 50 stations nationwide. Other Shows founded and hosted by Coach Pete are AMERICA'S 401K SHOW, ROCK ON RETIREMENT, and A+ RETIREMENT. All these shows are heard weekly throughout North Carolina and much of the nation. Also known as the King of Income Planning, Coach Pete's approach to systematic, lifetime income planning is followed by many who wish to reduce retirement worries. The firm provides personalized investment and income strategies as well as tax and estate evaluation for all sizes of portfolios and estates. Call today and see if this is the family atmosphere you've always wanted.

Advisory Services Provided:

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


Qualifications CRD# 6519874
Firm CRD# 104510
Series 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 717 Green Valey Rd.,
Suite 200,
Greensboro,
NC
27408
Phone Number 919-747-6052

I partner with my clients to help them envision their future and build a plan around what's most important to them. When I'm not working, I spend time with my family, staying active and exploring the state of North Carolina.

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 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.


Top Financial Advisor Firms in Durham, North Carolina (Ranked by AUM)

Firm Name AUM No. of Clients Fee Structure
VERITY ASSET MANAGEMENT
280 S Mangum St , Ste 550,
Durham, NC 27701-3676
$817,766,323 7392 A percentage of AUM
Hourly charges
Fixed fees
KUHN ADVISORS, INC.
3622 Lyckan Parkway , Suite 1001,
Durham, NC 27707
$708,980,344 1345 A percentage of AUM
Hourly charges
ARJUNA CAPITAL, LLC
353 West Main Street,
Durham, NC 27701
$403,384,379 419 A percentage of AUM
GORDON ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC
4721 Emperor Blvd. , Suite 250,
Durham, NC 27703
$226,340,262 511 A percentage of AUM
Hourly charges
Fixed fees
INTEGRATED WEALTHCARE, LLC
3211 Shannon Road , Ste 420,
Durham, NC 27707-6323
$117,026,150 82 A percentage of AUM
Hourly charges
Fixed fees

    List of Additional Advisors in Durham, North Carolina*

    * Additional advisors listing is provided in partnership with Yext

    Financial Advisor Office Location Phone Number
    Advising Academics
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    280 South Mangum Street, Suite 550, Durham, NC  27701 407-340-0241
    Gaulden & Associates
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    2525 Meridian Pkwy, Ste 60, Durham, NC  27713 919-361-9898
    Gary L Gaulden
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    2525 Meridian Pkwy, Ste 60, Durham, NC  27713 919-361-9898
    Tucker Bria Wealth Strategies
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    3100 Tower Boulevard, Suite 117, Durham, NC  27707 919-381-5780
    DTLR
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    1058 West Club Blvd, Space 115, Durham, NC  27701 919-286-7700
    Elefante Financial Services
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    1502 West NC Highway 54, Suite 501, Durham, NC  27707 919-338-2079
    The Potter Financial Group
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    1816 Front Street, Suite 220, Durham, NC  27705 919-383-7421
    Douglas Lindsey
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    5417 Page Road, Durham, NC  27703 919-768-4877
    Timothy Martin Dyess
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    1415 W NC Highway 54, Ste 115, Durham, NC  27707 919-403-0071
    David Nichols
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    2525 Meridian Pkwy, Ste 60, Durham, NC  27713 919-361-9898
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