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Find Top Financial Advisors in Durham, North Carolina

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 Durham, North Carolina

Last Updated - February 25, 2024

Durham has 5 WiserAdvisor vetted Financial Planners and Advisors on the online list below for you to choose from. These financial advisors in Durham, North Carolina have an average of 30 years of experience.

NOTE: The list of vetted financial advisors in Durham, North Carolina 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 Durham, North Carolina.

Qualified Financial Advisors in Durham, North Carolina

Financial Advisor Experience AUM Minimum Assets Fee Structure
Tom Morris
CASL®, CFP®, RICP®, RMA®, MBA, CLU®, ChFC®
NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL -TOM MORRIS
240 Leigh Farm Rd,
Ste 400,
Durham, NC 27707
Not Disclosed Not Specified $500,000 Fee-Based
Allworth Financial
CFP®
3917 University Drive Suite 200,
Durham, NC 27707
Not Disclosed $10,000,000,000 Not Specified Fee-Based
Autumn Buracker Yamamura
MORGAN STANLEY
6340 Quadrangle Drive 3rd Floor,
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
25 Years Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based
Kenneth Nelson
AIFA®, CRPS®, CRPC®, AIF®
NELSON WEALTH ADVISORS
10604 Bent Twig Drive,
Raleigh, NC 27613
35 Years Not Specified $0 Fee-Based
Coach Pete D'Arruda
RFC®, RICP®, MRFC
CAPITAL FINANCIAL ADVISORY GROUP, LLC
1500 Town Side Drive, Suite 200,
Apex, NC 27502
31 Years Not Specified Not Specified Fee-Based

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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

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 Firm CRD# 111167

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 3917 University Drive Suite 200,
Durham,
NC
27707
Phone Number 888-242-6766

About Allworth Financial

Allworth Financial

Allworth Financial has been providing transparent, straightforward, and honest financial advice to individuals and families for more than 26 years. They are a fiduciary, fee-based firm that focuses on helping people achieve financial confidence. The advisors at Allworth are not salespeople, so their sole interest is providing the recommendations and advice people need to hear. During your free consultation, the advisor will listen to your goals, answer your questions, and lay out a series of next steps for success.

Advisory Services Provided:

Retirement Planning, Tax Advice and Services, Estate Planning & Trusts


Qualifications CRD# 2779252
Firm CRD# 14977
Series 7, 9, 10, 31, 63, 65

Compensation/Fee Fee-Based


Office Location 6340 Quadrangle Drive 3rd Floor,
Chapel Hill,
NC
27517
Phone Number 919-490-7120

Deeply influenced by her parents and grandparents, who taught her the power of financial independence and the importance of a strong work ethic, Autumn is dedicated to making a significant impact on the lives of her clients and their families by helping them plan and prepare for all of life's transitions. Autumn has over twenty years of experience in the Financial Services Industry, beginning her career as a Financial Advisor in 1996 for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She has held a variety of positions at the firm including: Financial Advisor: Branch Manager, Regional Business Services Officer, and Regional Business Development Manager. She was one of the first Vice Presidents in Banking & Lending Services and was awarded the title of Senior Vice President in 2011. Autumn was named to the 2015 MAKERS class, an award that honors women leaders within the firm and the industry.
Autumn also holds the Morgan Stanley Family Wealth Advisor (FWA) designation. In attaining the FWA designation, she completed an accreditation program focused on the skills needed to deliver comprehensive, family-centric wealth management advice and services.
Autumn also serves on the National Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Alumni Council for Morgan Stanley and previously chaired the Business Development Committee for the D&I Council.
She and her husband Eugene make their home in Holly Springs NC, with their children: daughter Noah- Bell, born in 2007, joined by son R-JAY in 2009. Active in their church, the family also participates in a variety of activities - basketball, baseball, and soccer. They also enjoy entertaining and hosting game nights for family and friends.

About Morgan Stanley

Investors choose to work with Morgan Stanley because the firm and its Financial Advisors mirror the values that instill their own success: a commitment to perform at the highest level, with no shortcuts, compromises or excuses. For nearly 80 years, our firm has been a leader, innovator and partner for successful individuals and their families, as well as corporations, foundations and endowments.
Our Financial Advisors work from an extensive knowledge base built on diverse skills, experience, training and professional interests. They take time to understand your most important goals and have the resources to help you navigate volatile markets and changing life circumstances. They can help select the insights that are most meaningful for your portfolio from the daily barrage of market data and opinion.
Behind every Financial Advisor stands Morgan Stanley. In planning and executing strategies that can help you attain your objectives, our Financial Advisors can draw on our resources and intellectual strength as a global financial services leader.
Whatever your financial goals, and however you prefer to pursue them, Morgan Stanley offers you insights and a wide range of capabilities to help meet your unique needs.

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, Tax Advice and Services, Legal Advice and Services, Estate Planning & Trusts, 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 10604 Bent Twig Drive,
Raleigh,
NC
27613
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.
Also located at 9121 Anson Way, Suite #204, Raleigh NC, 27615


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 31 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 17 with his wife, Kim. A+ rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and the National Ethics Association.

About Capital Financial Advisory Group, LLC

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:

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, Tax Advice and Services, Estate Planning & Trusts, Insurance Products & Annuities


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

Firm Name No. of Advisors No. of Clients AUM Fee Structure
VERITY ASSET MANAGEMENT
280 S Mangum St, Ste 550, Durham, NC 27701-3676
69 7489 $783,152,132
A Percentage of AUM, Hourly charges, Fixed Fees
KUHN ADVISORS, INC.
2828 Pickett Road, Suite 170, Durham, NC 27705
8 1325 $631,882,403
A Percentage of AUM, Hourly charges
ARJUNA CAPITAL, LLC
353 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
12 523 $374,488,751
A Percentage of AUM
GORDON ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC
4721 Emperor Blvd., Suite 250, Durham, NC 27703
5 473 $200,170,598
A Percentage of AUM, Hourly charges, Fixed Fees, Commission Based
INTEGRATED WEALTHCARE, LLC
3100 Tower Blvd, Ste 1660, Durham, NC 27707-6323
6 344 $94,958,423
A Percentage of AUM, Hourly charges, Fixed Fees
SLP WEALTH
555 South Mangum St, Suite 100, Durham, NC 27701
8 0 $0
A Percentage of AUM, Fixed Fees

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When choosing a financial advisor in North Carolina, it's best to look for information about an advisor's experience, credentials (CFP, ChFCs, CFAs, etc.), education, compensation method, and adherence to ethics. For more information, refer to this guide on choosing the best financial advisor in North Carolina.

    Financial advisors in North Carolina utilize different compensation methods such as charging a percentage of assets under management (AUM), hourly fees, flat fees, or commissions from product sales. Understanding your advisor's compensation structure is crucial and being aware of potential conflicts of interest that could impact their advice. To gain a better understanding of how financial advisors charge, read more on the costs of hiring a financial advisor.

    Yes, financial advisors can provide valuable guidance and support regardless of the size of your portfolio. Even with a small amount to invest, an advisor can help you develop a tailored plan to reach your financial goals, mitigate risks, and make informed financial decisions. To explore how financial advisors can assist with investment management and grow your portfolio, read more about the impact of asset allocation on your portfolio.

    Financial advisors listed on our directory for the state of North Carolina offer a range of services, including retirement planning, investment management, estate planning, tax planning, insurance planning, and wealth management. They help clients set financial goals, create a budget, make investment decisions, and manage their wealth. Read on to better understand how financial advisors can assist you with the various services they provide.

    When choosing a financial advisor in North Carolina, it's important to research their experience thoroughly, credentials (such as CFP, ChFCs, CFAs), education, compensation method, and commitment to ethical practices. To further research financial advisors, follow our guide on the the FINRA BrokerCheck tool. For more information, refer to this guide on choosing the best financial advisor in North Carolina.

    In North Carolina, financial advisors are typically required to have qualifications that comply with state and federal regulations, such as holding licenses as investment advisor representatives (IARs) and often having credentials such as Certified Financial Planners (CFP), Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultants (ChFC), and more. Click the "View Full Profile" button of each advisor listed in the directory to further explore a specific financial advisor's qualifications.

    Financial advisors in North Carolina can be compensated through fees, commissions, or a mix of both. Fee-only advisors charge fees solely for their services and don't earn commissions from product sales. Fee-based advisors may follow a hybrid model, combining commissions and fees. Commission-based advisors earn their income solely by selling financial products and receive a percentage of the sale. To learn more about financial advisor fees and the factors affecting them, explore the costs of hiring a financial advisor.