It is widely acknowledged that there is both an ‘art’ and a ‘science’ to financial planning. Technical knowledge – the “science” – is crucial to delivering the technically accurate advice to clients. But the best advice in the world is meaningless if the financial advisor can’t master the “art” of delivering it in a skillful manner – leading a client to actually take action and improve their financial well-being. Yet despite its label as “art”, the reality is that how best to deliver financial advice advice can itself be subjected to scientific scrutiny. Which is beginning to happen, with the emergence of several “financial counseling laboratories” in educational institutions across the country.
Derek is the founder of Conscious Capital, a fee-only boutique wealth management firm that specializes in socially conscious investing. In addition to helping their clients manage their investments in a manner that is consistent with their values, they also provide comprehensive financial planning to help their clients grow and protect their hard-earned wealth.
Derek holds a BS in Finance and an MFCS in Family Financial Planning from Iowa State University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning through Kansas State University. Tharp has been quoted in several financial publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investment Advisor Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, and InvestmentNews. Derek is also a co-author of a chapter in the textbook Financial Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice.