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Why Choose Us

We believe there are important distinctions between our firm and most other financial planning or investment management firms.

We are Compassionate Fiduciaries

In the United States there are two sets of financial laws and regulations that govern people working in finance. One set applies to people who sell financial products. Those people are traditionally employed in securities brokerage houses, and insurance companies.  As sales people, they are contractually obligated to place the interests of their company ahead of the interests of their clients.

The second set of laws and regulations applies to people who are registered as investment advisers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or comparable state regulators. Registered Investment Advisers are legally obligated to place client interests before their own.  When an adviser meets those standards, they are considered a fiduciary. A fiduciary is not only expected to be dedicated to the best interests of their clients, they also must adhere to a higher standard of professional competence. 

Barnes Investment Advisory, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisory firm and a fiduciary.  At our firm, we strive to truly get to know our clients, their families, their advisors, their needs, and their goals.  We offer advice based on this knowledge and treat our clients with respect, fairness and compassion.  

We Offer an Evidence-Based Approach

Much of what has passed for personal financial advice over the years has lacked solid academic underpinnings and evidence-based research. The reality is that it is much easier to make an assertion than to actually demonstrate its validity in the real world. However, the field of personal finance is becoming more defined each year.  Our guidance is built around client goals, but rests on more than 30 years of experience, continuous study, and a focus on the future of the industry.

We Assist with Behavior Changes

It is one thing to analyze and offer advice. It is quite another to help clients follow through with the behavior changes necessary to implement our advice. We provide consistent nudging to help our clients to do what they need to do to improve their financial situation. We believe this is a critical ingredient for client financial success.

We Have Long-term Stability

We are deeply committed to developing and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients.  Stephen and Kathie have each been delivering financial services since 1983, advising clients through four major market declines (1987, 1998, 2000, and 2008).  Steering clear of fads has been the key to survival and success.  Barnes Investment Advisory, Inc. has served clients independently since 1995.