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Looking for a Financial Advisor in Houston, Texas?

By  Brian Thorp

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

Whether you live inside the loop or prefer a quieter life in the Houston suburbs, you’ll find dozens of financial advisors within a few miles of home. But how do you find the best financial advisor 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 Houston financial advisors featured on Wealthtender you may want to add to your list.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Financial Advisor in Houston

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 Houstonian, 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 Houston, Texas?

According to May 2020 research from the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston’s top employers include:

Over 20,000 Employees

  • H-E-B
  • Houston Methodist
  • Memorial Hermann Health System
  • UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Walmart

10,000 to 19,999 Employees

  • ExxonMobil
  • HCA Houston Healthcare
  • Kroger
  • Landry’s
  • Schlumberger
  • Shell Oil Co.
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • United Airlines
  • UT Health Sciences Center
  • Wood Group

Do you work for one of the largest employers in Houston? 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 a Houston Financial Advisor

Before hiring a financial advisor in Houston, 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 Houston 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 Houston (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 Houston.

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

Adell, Harriman & Carpenter, Inc. Your financial home for every season of life.

Areas of Focus
Estate Planning Financial Life Planning Giving Inherited Wealth Investment Management
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

Adell, Harriman & Carpenter, Inc.


Guy Davis, CFA We invest, we don’t speculate.

Areas of Focus
Family and Money Financial Life Planning Investing Investment Management Living in Retirement
Compensation Methods
Percentage of Assets Managed

Guy Davis, CFA | GCI Investors


Ryan Firth, CPA/PFS, CCFC, GFP (USA), RLP® Think of us as your personal financial Sherpa on your life’s journey.

Areas of Focus
Cryptocurrency Financial Life Planning International and Cross-border Planning Owning a Business Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Hourly Rate Per Session

Ryan Firth, CPA/PFS, CCFC, GFP (USA), RLP® | Mercer Street Financial


The Goff Financial Group Fee-Only | Fully Independent | Fiduciary

Areas of Focus
Family and Money Inherited Wealth Investing Investment Management Job Loss
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

The Goff Financial Group


Christopher Lloyd, CFP® A guide for planning, money and bucket lists.

Areas of Focus
Employee Benefits Employee Stock Options Estate Planning Family and Money Financial Life Planning
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Hourly Rate

Christopher Lloyd, CFP® | Lloyds Intrepid Wealth Management


Rob Lloyd, CFA Explainer of markets, plans and portfolios.

Areas of Focus
Employee Stock Options Estate Planning Investing Investment Management Living in Retirement
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Hourly Rate

Rob Lloyd, CFA | Lloyds Intrepid Wealth Management


Jesus Marquez, CFP® Achieve your financial freedom the EZ way.

Areas of Focus
Education Funding Financial Life Planning Investment Management Living in Retirement Setting Up Retirement Accounts
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Percentage of Assets Managed

Jesus Marquez, CFP® | EZ Financial Group


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

📍 4265 San Felipe Road, Suite 1100, Houston, Texas 77027

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


Matt Smith, CFA®, CFP®, CIMA®, CAIA® Financial Security for BigLaw and Private Practice Attorneys

Areas of Focus
Career Investment Management Setting Up Retirement Accounts Student Loan Advising Taxes
Compensation Methods
Fee Only Flat Fee Hourly Rate Percentage of Assets Managed Subscription

Matt Smith, CFA®, CFP®, CIMA®, CAIA® | Concert Financial Planning


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

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 Houston. (Not all advisors listed above will be featured in the map view if their primary office location is outside of Houston.)

What Do Financial Advisors Love About Houston?

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

What does Ryan Firth love about Houston?
  • Houston Zoo. Our kids love visiting the animals and riding on the carousel. We have a family membership, and we like the fact that it’s outdoors. The other nice thing about the Houston Zoo is that it’s near Hermann Park.
  • Catching a Prelude Music concert at Levy Park. Our kids do music online with Prelude Music, so it’s always a treat when we can go to the park and listen to the music live. Levy Park recently reopened the children’s playground area. We have quite a few parks near where we live, but our kids love going to Levy Park.
  • Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary is pretty neat. It’s like this little 18-acre secluded forest surrounded by a city. Good place to go for shade and to beat the heat when it’s warm out.
  • Before we had kids, my wife and I liked going to Miller Outdoor Theater to watch performances on the lawn.
What does Matt Smith love about Houston?
  • Favorite Local Restaurant: Juanita’s Mexican Food
  • Favorite Local Sports Team: Texas Longhorns
  • Favorite Family Activity: Swimming!
  • Favorite Local Attraction: My band’s studio space
  • Favorite Place to Show Out of Town Guests: Houston Museum of Natural Science
What does Adell, Harriman & Carpenter, Inc. love about Houston?
  • Favorite Local Restaurant:  Coppa or The Raven Grill.  We love local neighborhood places where we can eat outside.
  • Favorite Local Sports Team:  Houston Astros.  Baseball has always been such a statistics and probabilities game, and that resonates with us as investors.
  • Favorite Family Activity:  We enjoy meals together.  We’re all busy, but meals are a time when we’re all in the same place at the same time and have time to connect and catch up…and laugh.
  • Favorite Local Attraction:  The Houston Zoo.  You forget you’re right in the middle of the 4th largest city in the country.
  • Favorite Place to Show Out of Town Guests:  The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  Even for those of us who don’t have an inner cowboy or cowgirl, it’s so quintessentially Houston.  And it’s something you just don’t see in most other places!

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 Houston 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 Houston financial advisors featured on Wealthtender.

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About the Author
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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: In order to make Wealthtender free for our readers, we earn money from advertisers including financial professionals and firms that pay to be featured on our platform. This creates a natural conflict of interest when we favor promotion of our clients over other professionals and firms not featured on Wealthtender. Learn how we operate with integrity to earn your trust.

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