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Tom Gartner

Tom Gartner

Certified Financial Planner Professional

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I’m a no bull advocate for my clients, looking out for their best interests first and always. 

I don’t always think what we do is complicated, but people seem to appreciate the help and benefit from it. 

Being able to help people reach their most important goals is extremely enjoyable, as a result what I do doesn’t feel like work. 

In addition to a lot of great on the job experience, I was also fortunate to have a great education as well. This included undergrad at The University of San Diego for a degree in finance and a minor in psychology, a Certificate in Financial Planning at Southern Methodist University, and a Masters of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management from Creighton University.

I'm a voracious reader and follow over 100 news sources daily. The best of what I find is shared on LinkedIn and Twitter, or in my periodic newsletters.

In addition to my love of helping people with their finances, I believe in sharing and giving back to the community. I do this by performing pro bono financial planning services where I can and also support Let's Go Fishing.

Spending quality time my wife Allison and our four children is everything to my non-business world. We love swimming, boating, camping, fishing, and taking time to relax with family and friends.



Some of my articles below, thanks for taking a look!

-Tom Gartner, MSAPM, CFP®


Topics include:


Aging Well


College Planning


Gifting and Estate Planning


Saving Money

Stock Market


Social Security



Not Funny

If you know someone who is grieving, these rough notes may be helpful

Dance Like the Undertaker


So excited with my new normal distribution device!

How your tax bracket might change and 7 other great infographics

Outlook Productivity Tip

So excited with my new normal distribution device!

If you like visual representations of financial data, here are some of my recent favorites

Some really remarkable volatility levels and more

Some of my favorite big picture updates from JPM

I literally just got 10 Trillion dollars in the mail


Eight late-stage college planning strategies you don't know about but should


Did you ever hear these sayings?

Times continue to change for the better


Stress Testing – What if I get killed in a car accident today?

Loving Equally and with Mathematical Precision

The Cabin Trust Solution

What are your dominant charitable motivations?

‘Tis the season to consider giving, and here is some food for thought:

Schwab is now providing charitably minded clients a checkbook for their IRA’s!

Why not have your cake and eat it too?

The Financial Football

Burial Insurance


Sometimes Tom’s Articles Bore Me...

Paperwork is boring but it can be good

We are excited to announce the launch of your new online account dashboard!

The big data breach and you


PSA on Health Savings Accounts

Costco tip to maybe save you $400

Allison may hate this, but I think our maintained $4,000 SUV works just fine


The World is Changing, Should Your Investments Change Too?

What is a “Hybrid Bond” Investment

The Dow just passed twenty-six thousand, should you sell?

When will the market crash?

Concentrated stock positions

The World is Changing, Should Your Investments Change Too?

Gut Check - Now that the market is high, it may be time to revisit the risk

If you bet on the end of the world and you “win”, who are you going to collect from?

Knowing That We Don’t Know

I had the opportunity to hear a billionaire speak the other day.


How to Make Money on Your Tax Payments in Retirement?

How your tax bracket might change and 7 other great infographics


An 8% Simple Return for Eight Years

Social Security tips from the Guru herself