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9 Top Rated
Financial Advisors in Maryland

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Paladin Registry 5 Stars

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

This advisor or firm received a 5 Star quality rating from Paladin’s research department. Paladin analysts use a proprietary algorithm to rate the quality of financial advisor and firm credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

Alan Myers

Aerie Capital Management, LLC
CFA®
Alan Myers, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2013. Alan is the owner of Aerie Capital Management, LLC. Alan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst certifications and has over 13 years of experience. Alan provides financial services to clients in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry Member

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

Advisors and firms must meet Paladin’s rigorous admittance requirements to qualify for membership in the Registry.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

John Zinaich

Zinaich Capital and Risk Management
CFP® ChFC® CLU® AIF®
John Zinaich, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2014. John holds the Certified Financial Planner , Chartered Financial Consultant , Chartered Life Underwriter , Accredited Investment Fiduciary certifications and has over 29 years of experience. John provides financial services to clients in the Boonsboro, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry Fiduciary

This professional is a financial fiduciary who is held to the highest ethical standards in the industry.

Brian Kuhn

Planning Solutions Group, LLC
CFP® CLTC CLU®
Brian Kuhn, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2014. Brian holds the Certified Financial Planner , Certified in Long-Term Care , Chartered Life Underwriter certifications and has over 17 years of experience. Brian provides financial services to clients in the Fulton, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry 5 Stars

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

This advisor or firm received a 5 Star quality rating from Paladin’s research department. Paladin analysts use a proprietary algorithm to rate the quality of financial advisor and firm credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

Raginn Fusaro

Financial Engines Advisors
Financial Engines Advisors, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2014. Chris provides financial services to clients in the Overland Park, Kansas area.
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Paladin Registry 5 Stars

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

This advisor or firm received a 5 Star quality rating from Paladin’s research department. Paladin analysts use a proprietary algorithm to rate the quality of financial advisor and firm credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

Jon Powell

Ferguson-Johnson Wealth Management
Ferguson-Johnson Wealth Management, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2016. Firm provides financial services to clients in the Rockville, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry 5 Stars

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

This advisor or firm received a 5 Star quality rating from Paladin’s research department. Paladin analysts use a proprietary algorithm to rate the quality of financial advisor and firm credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

Derek Johnson

Ferguson-Johnson Wealth Management
CRPC®
Derek Johnson, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2016. Derek holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor certifications and has over 17 years of experience. Derek provides financial services to clients in the Rockville, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry 5 Stars

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

This advisor or firm received a 5 Star quality rating from Paladin’s research department. Paladin analysts use a proprietary algorithm to rate the quality of financial advisor and firm credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

Jon Powell

Ferguson-Johnson Wealth Management
CFP®
Jon Powell, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2016. Jon holds the Certified Financial Planner certifications and has over 5 years of experience. Jon provides financial services to clients in the Rockville, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry 5 Stars

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

This advisor or firm received a 5 Star quality rating from Paladin’s research department. Paladin analysts use a proprietary algorithm to rate the quality of financial advisor and firm credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

Ryan Wibberley

CIC Wealth
AIF®
Ryan Wibberley, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2016. Ryan is the owner of CIC Wealth. Ryan holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary certifications and has over 23 years of experience. Ryan provides financial services to clients in the Rockville, Maryland area.
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Paladin Registry Member

This advisor or firm is a vetted, documented member of the Paladin Registry.

Advisors and firms must meet Paladin’s rigorous admittance requirements to qualify for membership in the Registry.

Paladin provides free information services to investors who rely on planners and investment advisors to help them achieve their financial goals. Paladin is the only SEC registered firm that vets, validates, and documents the quality of financial professionals and firms (since 2003).

John Austin

Austin Wealth Management, LLC
AIF® CFP®
John Austin, a financial fiduciary has been a Paladin Registry member since 2019. John holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary , Certified Financial Planner certifications and has over 43 years of experience. John provides financial services to clients in the Brookeville, Maryland area.

BASIC INFORMATION NEEDED FOR THE INQUIRY

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a financial advisor do?

Financial advisors assess the financial goals and risk appetite of their clients and chalk out a personalized investment plan for achieving those goals. They use their expertise to guide their clients on how to save tax, get rid of excessive debt and plan for future contingencies.

When should I hire a financial advisor?

Ideally, Financial advisors must be consulted regularly. No matter how much you earn and where are you from, everybody needs a financial advisor to make sure that they reap the maximum from their income. A financial advisor is especially important if you are nearing retirement, planning a family, saving up for education, or thinking of passing on your estate to your heirs.

What are the different types of financial advisors? How do I choose one?

There are different types of financial advisors. A financial advisor can be a relationship manager from a stockbroking company, insurance or mutual fund advisor, a personal banker from a well-known bank, an accountant or an attorney with expertise in taxation and estate planning.

What are the certifications to look while hiring a financial advisor?

The certifications assure you that the financial advisor that you have hired has all the skills and expertise that you need to plan a personal financial journey. When you look to hire a financial advisor you will find a range of initials and certifications that they hold. Broadly, they are divided into two categories.

A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CFP (Chartered Financial Planner) are the more general ones. The CFP and CPA certifications are considered as gold standards in personal financial planning. These advisors know their stuff very well and have exceptional competence in a range of financial planning subjects.

While CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CLU (Chartered Life underwriter) certified professional can cater to your specific needs. A CFA can take care of your investment needs and CLU can advise you with the best insurance products.

What questions should you ask a financial advisor?

The most important question to ask a financial advisor is whether he is a fiduciary or not? A fiduciary works in the best interest of his client. Next, you must ask him about his certifications, and experience. You must always pick an advisor who has the best certifications like CPA, CFP, and CFA and at least, with a couple of years of experience. You can also ask him about his cost or fee. Always look for a fee-only advisor and make sure they don’t get commissions for selling financial products.

How does my financial advisor get paid?

There are broadly three different types of advisors.

Commission-only

If you hire a commission-based financial advisor then you will have to pay a percentage of your budget as commission and the rest of the amount will be invested in the financial products and instruments.

Fee-only

Fee-only financial advisors charge a certain flat fee for their advice. The fee depends on the years of experience, expertise, and certifications that financial advisors hold. They do not get any kind of commissions out of the financial products recommended by them.

Fee-based (Commissions and fees)

These advisors charge a combination of both commissions and fees.

Can I be my own financial advisor?

Many people have saved thousands of dollars each year by just consulting a financial advisor. Usually, people try to manage their own finances and thus are not able to draw maximum benefit out of their savings. Financial planning is quite complex and requires a lot of expertise. An experienced financial expert can help you chalk out the best plans for you and safeguard your financial future.

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