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Julie Schatz, CFP®, Partner

My husband and I sought out a financial planner for the first time after getting married in the mid 90’s. My husband’s family and my family handle money quite a bit differently. I felt it was important for the two of us to get on the same page and work together toward our goals. We signed up with one of the big financial institutions which helped us get on track. Along the way, though, I identified a couple of shortcomings of these “big company” services:

  1. Generally, more costly in-house mutual funds and/or front-end loaded mutual funds were recommended over other funds because the commissions and fees were better for the company, not necessarily better for us, the clients.
  2. The portfolio they designed for us was more risky than necessary and yet our investment returns did not compensate us for this extra risk.

Background and Qualifications

I enjoy people! I am passionate about helping you become a good steward of your assets and become at ease with all aspects of your financial life. I use my skills, experience and dedication to provide you highly personalized advice with the utmost level of integrity.

I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER. Unlike many other acronyms used in the financial services business, the CFP® is the most highly regarded. I also continuously improve and update my skills through additional coursework and monthly professional meetings throughout the year. Prior to becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, I obtained a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and worked for over 20 years; first as a Field Engineer then later in Technical Sales for chemical companies: Hercules Inc., Dexter Corp, Loctite and Henkel.

I specialize in tax planning and am a member of:

  • Financial Planning Association, Board of Directors for the FPA of Silicon Valley (2010 - 2011)
  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), a nationwide association of comprehensive, Fee-Only financial planners
  • PridePlanners Association
  • Financial Planning Forum in the Palo Alto and Menlo Park area
  • Rotary Club of Menlo Park, past Community Service Chair and President

I live in San Jose with my recently retired husband, Pete, and our college-age twins, Anna and Jim.

If you like what you’ve read and would like to learn more, please contact me to begin the conversation.

866.966.9291 x2   :      :   julies@feesonly.com

CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP with flame logo are marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.