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Looking for a Financial Advisor in Austin, Texas?

By  Brian Thorp

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Find financial advisors in Austin, Texas, ready to help with your financial planning needs so you can enjoy life more with less money stress.

Whether you have lived in Austin for years or recently moved to town, you may need help finding the right financial advisor in the community best suited for your individual needs.

It’s important to first consider your own financial planning priorities before choosing an advisor. Here are a few quick tips to help you get started along with financial advisors in Austin featured on Wealthtender you may want to add to your shortlist.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Financial Advisor in Austin

Hiring a financial advisor can be a great move to help you build a long-term investing strategy. Advisors can help you build an investment portfolio to meet your financial goals and help you plan appropriately for retirement.

As a resident living in Austin, hiring a financial advisor who lives nearby and understands the local economy, cost of living, and regional employers can be quite valuable, especially if your individual circumstances are deeply tied to such factors.

Who are the largest employers in Austin?

The Austin Chamber of Commerce ranks the largest employers in Austin as:

  • Apple
  • Ascension Seton
  • Austin Independent School District
  • City of Austin
  • Dell Technologies
  • Federal Government
  • IBM Corp. 
  • Round Rock Independent School District
  • Samsung Austin Semiconductor
  • St. David’s HealthCare Partnership

Do you work for one of the largest employers in Austin? If so, there’s a good chance the local financial advisor you hire will also have other clients who work there. This knowledge could prove valuable if they are already familiar with your employee benefits, such as a 401(k) plan, Health Savings Accounts, and other components of your total compensation package.

When you reach out to financial advisors you’re considering hiring, let them know where you work and ask if they are familiar with your employer’s unique benefits and compensation structure.

Quick Tips For Hiring an Austin Financial Advisor

Before hiring a financial advisor in Austin , here are a few quick tips to help you find the best advisor for you.

1. Decide Which Services You Need

Before hiring an advisor, determine what services you need from them. Whether it’s full-service investment management or a plan focused on a specific area of your finances, put together a list of what you’d like help with before contacting an advisor.

Though most people use a financial planner simply to invest for retirement, this is only a small part of what many advisors offer. Here’s a quick rundown of potential services a financial advisor may offer you:

  • Budgeting and money management
  • Debt management
  • Insurance planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Other investment planning
  • Inheritance planning
  • Estate planning
  • Tax planning

As you can see, financial advisors can help you with your entire financial picture, not just investing. As you start to plan for life’s bigger milestones, you should consider finding a financial advisor that specializes in those areas.

Finding the right advisor can help you minimize risk, maximize gains and take advantage of tax breaks while investing for your future. They can also help you protect your assets with the right kinds of insurance and help you pass on your financial legacy with a proper estate plan.

2. Consider Your Budget and Payment Preferences

Once you have a list of services you would like, review the fee structures financial advisors offer. Finding a balance between the services you need and the cost of those services will help narrow down the field of advisors you may want to work with.

If you are looking for a full-service advisor to manage all of your investments, consider searching among fee-based financial advisors. If you want to manage your money yourself, consider the flat fee and monthly subscription advisors for ongoing support.

3. Interview Multiple Financial Advisors

Once you have chosen the services and fee structure you prefer, it’s time to contact a few advisors and interview them. Here are questions to ask financial advisors:

  • What services do you provide?
  • What are all the ways you get paid? (fee transparency)
  • What is your investment strategy?
  • How do you measure investment performance?
  • How do we communicate about my plan?

Interview multiple advisors to get a feel for who you want to work with. A combination of fees, services, and customer service will help you determine the best fit for your financial advice.

4. Review Financial Advisor Credentials

Once you find an advisor (or two) you feel comfortable with, it’s always a good practice to check their credentials and the firm’s details. You can do this at the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) website

You can check both the individual and the firm to view their background and experience details, as well as any disciplinary action taken against them or their firm.

As licensed financial professionals, there is oversight into how financial advisors conduct business, so running a quick (free) check on them is recommended.

For additional information about advisor credentials, read our article to learn the most popular designations held by financial advisors, as well as specialized credentials which may be important to consider if you have unique financial planning needs.

As you prepare to interview financial advisors in Austin who may be right for you, get to know local financial advisors featured on Wealthtender. Just below, you’ll find a list of featured advisors in Austin (sorted alphabetically) who can meet with you in person. Further below, you’ll find an interactive map showcasing financial advisors whose primary office is in Austin.

✅ List of Austin Financial Advisors (Alphabetical, by Last Name)

Richard J. Archer, CDAA, CFA, CFP®, MBA People-Focused Financial Planning for Tech Industry Professionals.
Areas of Focus
Cryptocurrency Employee Stock Options Financial Life Planning Investment Management Socially Responsible Investing
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

Richard J. Archer, CDAA, CFA, CFP®, MBA | Archer Investment Management


Mike Babcock, CFP®, RLP Financial Freedom and a Happier Life
Areas of Focus
Education Funding Financial Life Planning Investment Management Living in Retirement Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee

Mike Babcock, CFP®, RLP | Azure Sky Financial Life Planning


Rebecca Conner, CPA, CFP® You nerd out on tech and we’re geeked about your financial potential.
Areas of Focus
Employee Benefits Employee Stock Options Family and Money Financial Life Planning Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee One-time Financial Plan Percentage of Assets Managed Subscription

Rebecca Conner, CPA, CFP® | SeedSafe Financial


Luis Guardia, CFP®, AIF® A Family Firm With A Family Feel!
Areas of Focus
Employee Stock Options Estate Planning Giving Retiring Early (F.I.R.E) Taxes
Compensation Methods
Flat Fee Percentage of Assets Managed

Luis Guardia, CFP®, AIF® | Tuyyo Planning Group


Charles F. Hall Jr. Managing Wealth for Generations
Areas of Focus
Estate Planning Financial Life Planning Investment Management Living in Retirement Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

Charles F. Hall Jr. | Clear Rock Advisors


Kelly Klingaman, CFP®, RLP® Financial Planning for Professional Women & Dual-Career Couples
Areas of Focus
Employee Stock Options Equity Compensation Options Financial Life Planning Investment Management Women & Wealth
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee Subscription

Kelly Klingaman, CFP®, RLP® | Kelly Klingaman Financial Planning


Jamie Lima, CFP®, MBA Helping mid-career professionals better manage, maximize, and grow their wealth
Areas of Focus
Employee Stock Options Estate Planning Financial Life Planning Investment Management Prioritizing Money
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee One-time Financial Plan Percentage of Assets Managed Subscription

Jamie Lima, CFP®, MBA | Woodson Wealth Management


Corey Long, CFP® Managing Wealth for Generations
Areas of Focus
Estate Planning Financial Life Planning Investment Management Living in Retirement Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

Corey Long, CFP® | Clear Rock Advisors


Carleton McHenry, CFP® I help emerging affluent maximize and achieve their best Return on Life (ROL)

📍 823 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

Areas of Focus
Compensation Planning Education Needs and Funding Analysis Family and Money Financial Life Planning Work from Home
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee Percentage of Assets Managed

Carleton McHenry, CFP® | McHenry Capital


Jane Mepham Financial Planning for Professionals & Foreign-born Individuals (Immigrants).
Areas of Focus
Budgeting Employee Benefits Employee Stock Options International and Cross-border Planning Investment Management
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee Package Offers Percentage of Assets Managed Subscription

Jane Mepham | Elgon Financial Advisors


Ty Sanders Managing Wealth for Generations
Areas of Focus
Estate Planning Financial Life Planning Investment Management Living in Retirement Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

Ty Sanders | Clear Rock Advisors

📍 Map: Financial Advisors with their Primary Office Location in Austin

Double-click (or pinch the map on mobile devices) to zoom in and expand the details for financial advisors whose primary office location is in Austin. (Not all advisors listed above will be featured in the map view if their primary office location is outside of Austin.)

What Do Financial Advisors Love About Austin?

We invited financial advisors in the Wealthtender community to share their favorite places and things to do in Austin. Here’s what they said.

What does Richard Archer love about Austin?
  • Favorite Local Restaurant: Uchi. It’s a tough call, though, since there are many great Austin restaurants now.
  • Favorite Local Sports Team: The Longhorns.  You’ll also find me regularly cheering my other favorite team Liverpool.
  • Favorite Family Activity: Weekend wake and foil surfing on Ladybird Lake
  • Favorite Local Attraction:  The Alamo Drafthouse.  I love movies and their creative preview content
  • Favorite Place to Show Out of Town Guests:  Tiny Boxwoods Milk & Cookies.  Their bakery and coffee are simply amazing. 

Frequently Asked Questions & Additional Resources

How do I know if I’m ready to hire a financial advisor?

You should strongly consider hiring a financial advisor if you have a significant amount of money available for saving or investing. This could occur after years of making annual contributions to a retirement plan like a 401(k) through your employer or suddenly if you receive a large inheritance or sell your house for a large profit.

But even if you don’t have a lot of money saved, many financial advisors and planners provide reasonable pricing options and valuable services you should consider, especially if you’re facing a significant life event. For example, if you’re starting a new job, getting married, starting a family, getting divorced, lost your job, starting or selling a business, or approaching retirement age, working with a trusted financial advisor or planner may prove worthwhile.

Before I hire a new financial advisor, should I fire my current advisor?

You don’t need to fire your current advisor before beginning your search for a new financial advisor. In fact, your new advisor can help coordinate the transition of your assets from your previous financial advisor.

Where can I read reviews about financial advisors written by their clients to help me decide if I should hire them?

After 60 years of regulatory prohibition of financial advisor reviews in the US, a rule issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) became effective on May 4, 2021 that means both financial advisors and directory websites that help consumers search for a financial advisor can collect and display financial advisor reviews, an important factor worth considering when choosing who you’ll hire to manage your investments and life savings. 

Wealthtender is the first independent advisor review platform designed to be fully compliant with the new SEC rule, and we look forward to helping you evaluate financial advisors based on reviews written by their clients.

I’m a local financial advisor interested in being featured in this guide. How do I get started?

Thanks for your interest. We look forward to learning more about your practice and helping you attract your ideal clients where you may be a good fit based on their individual needs and circumstances. Please click here to learn how you can join local financial advisors featured on Wealthtender.

About the Author
A headshot of Brian Thorp, the founder and CEO of Wealthtender

About the Author

Brian Thorp

Brian is CEO and founder of Wealthtender. He and his wife live in Texas, enjoying the diversity of Houston and the vibrancy of Austin.

With over 25 years in the financial services industry, Brian is applying his experience and passion at Wealthtender to help more people enjoy life with less money stress.

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Disclaimer: To make Wealthtender free for our readers, we earn money from advertisers, including financial professionals and firms that pay to be featured. This creates a natural conflict of interest when we favor their promotion over others. Wealthtender is not a client of these financial services providers. Learn how we operate with integrity to earn your trust.