Erik Barnes, CFP®

Financial Planner to Corporate Retirees

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Retirement Portfolio Partners Erik Barnes, CFP®
Naperville, Illinois

Serving Clients Nationwide

Financial Planner to Corporate Retirees

Areas of Focus

  • Employee Stock Options
  • Investment Management
  • Living in Retirement
  • Money Psychology
  • Retiring Early (F.I.R.E)

About Me

Hi. I'm Erik Barnes. With almost more than decade of experience in financial planning, I bring my experience and perspective to the table as an extra set of eyes for your finances. With my education, experience, and attentive nature on your side, you can become more confident in your own financial path.

I’m a native Chicagoan and I’ve spent over half of my career working for large wealth management firms. They spent more time talking about how to make the firm more money than how to make clients more money. I wanted to change that.

In 2012, I launched Retirement Portfolio Partners. Now I can devote more time to fewer clients to deliver a superior client experience as a CFP® professional working with my clients on the same side of the table. I help my clients answer questions like:

Can I afford to retire?
Is my portfolio suitable for retirement?
Can I eliminate or at least reduce threats to my retirement?

I’m have a B.A. in Economics from North Central College (Cardinals Rule!) and a graduate of the Executive Financial Planner program at Bryant University. In addition, I hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation – exemplifying my commitment to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in the industry.

Professional Designations



  • Fee Only Network
  • Financial Planning Association
  • XY Planning Network


1755, Park Street, Naperville, Illinois, 60563

Meeting Options

  • Video Conference
  • In-Person
  • Phone

Compensation Methods

  • Fee Only
  • Flat Fee
  • Subscription

What to expect in the first meeting

Click the 'Book Intro Call' button above to schedule a quick introductory meeting to answer your questions about retirement, investment, or tax planning. You don't need anything, but oftentimes people have a list of questions ready to ask us or have access to info on their 401(k), statements, pension, Social Security, etc. There is no cost. We'll call you. This phone call will give us both a chance to make sure your situation matches our expertise. You probably have a lot of questions, and so do we. This meeting is designed to make sure we are compatible to work together. Just an honest conversation.

Offers Investment Management


About our Firm

Retirement Portfolio Partners is a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm.

I started Retirement Portfolio Partners with the goal of elevating the standard of financial planning. I entered the financial world wanting to make a difference in clients' lives, only to find out that the "financial advisor" positions at the big firms were more focused on sales than helping people.

The purpose of Retirement Portfolio Partners is to provide a better solution for people seeking expert, objective advice. Now I devote more time to fewer clients to deliver a superior client experience.

The firm’s philosophy is centered around low costs, financial planning before investment decisions, tax management, and fair dealing with clients, as reflected in our flat annual retainer fee structure. We are committed to the financial planning process as a precursor to asset management. Investment policy for each client is an important process and will be integrated around specific and personal financial goals.


B.A. in Economics, North Central College | Graduate of the Executive Financial Planner program at Bryant University


Hobbies and Interests

  • Beach
  • Board Games
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Eating Out
  • Family
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Movies
  • Reading
  • Relaxing
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Television

Who We Serve

  • Baby Boomers
  • Blended Family
  • Business Owners
  • College Graduates
  • Couples
  • Dual Income Family
  • Gen X
  • Gen Y / Millennials
  • Investors
  • Living in Retirement
  • Parents
  • Young Families