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John Guilford Kerr, CFP, CFA


I can answer questions related to personal financial planning, asset allocation, private equity investment analysis, fixed income, mutual fund, ETF, and stock questions, estate planning (basic), education planning, insurance planning, and business financial planning.

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I have thirty-eight years of experience in finance, in the U.S. and internationally, for both public and private corporations. I have specialized in personal and small business financial planning and investment advisory services since 2005.------ - ten years commercial banking, New York, Paris, Houston, Charlotte, Atlanta---- - six years treasurer of a publicly traded health care company, Philadelphia----- - six years international project finance (Bechtel), San Francisco, Manila, London----- - five years head of international hotel development (Hyatt), Chicago---- - eleven years personal financial planning.----- Registered Investment Adviser, Hawaii---- FINRA General Securities Representative - Series 7---- FINRA Uniform Combined State Law - Series 66---- Resident Producer Insurance License, Hawaii-, Accident and Health or Sickness, Life, Variable Life and Variable Annuities


CFA Institute of Hawaii---- Certified Fiancial Planner Board of Standards, Inc-----. National Association of Personal Financial Advisers----- Financial Planning Association----- National Association of Tax Professionals


Project Finance Yearbook - 1997 / 1998 "Manila Water & Sewerage System Concession"----- "The Road To Helsinki, An Analysis of European International Relations Leading to the Conference On Security and Cooperation in Europe"' published 2015.


Certified Financial Planner, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.---- Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute----- Certificate in Financial Planning, Boston University---- Masters in Foreign Affairs - University of Virginia---- Bachelors of Arts, Government - Ohio University

What do you like about this subject?

I like to translate the language of Wall Street into understandable English, and to help people invest their life time savings wisely while planning for their retirement. I enjoy helping entrepreneurs control and optimize the finance aspect of their businesses.

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2017-01-29 Becoming a personal finance counselor, coach,& educator:

Hello Eric,    I confess that I did not recognize these credentialing organizations.  I researched them just a little.       • (NFEC) National Financial Educators Council offers something called the “Certified

2017-01-29 Type of Planner Needed:

Hello Jean,    My first suggestion is to go to the NAPFA web site (National Association of Personal Financial Advisers) and put in your zip code.  I just did it for 53202 (central Milwaukee) and came up

2016-12-12 Ssdi:

Merry Christmas to you Joyce!    Unfortunately the increase in the COLA this year won't buy a lot of turkey for the table.    A .3 percent increase means three tenths of one percent, i.e. .003.  Not much

2016-11-07 Financial Planning:

Hi Esther,    The first thing to do, if you have not done this already, is to make a careful budget so you have a good feel for your cash flow requirements.  I understand that health care expenses can

2016-10-05 Protecting Money for College:

Hi Liz,    The easiest way in my opinion would be to open a 529 Plan for each of your intended nieces / nephews.  You need an account for each beneficiary. But if one of them does not use the money that


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