Kathryn J. Hower, CFP®

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Sr. Wealth Advisor and
Director of Financial Planning

Kathy Hower, CFP | CFP Certificate | Bedel Financial

My focus is to provide clarity to others regarding their financial picture, today and in the future. As Financial Planner, I can run analyses on a number of areas that aid in establishing a game plan for meeting ones life goals, including but not limited to: funding college educations, ensuring a secure retirement, providing financial security to loved ones, and developing a legacy to pass along to the next generation.

Personal Financial Planning Experience

  • Over 20 years experience providing fee-only financial planning and investment management services to high net-worth individuals.
  • These services include comprehensive plan preparation with extensive estate, cash flow and retirement planning, tax and insurance analysis and advice.

Career History

  • Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., Sr. Wealth Advisor & Director of Financial Planning.
  • Goelzer Investment Management, Inc., Client Wealth Advisor.
  • Tobias Family Office, Financial Manager.
  • Oxford Financial Group, Ltd, Client Service Advisor.

Educational and Professional Designations

  • Certified Financial Planner™ certification, College for Financial Planning.
  • Bachelor of Science, Personal Financial Planning and Counseling Major, Purdue University.

Professional Activities & Accolades

  • Recipient of Five Star Wealth Manager Award, Indianapolis Monthly - 5 Year Winner (2014 - 2018).
  • Member, Financial Planning Association.
  • Member, Perspectives Class One-Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.
  • Member, Estate Planning Council.
  • Member, Professional Wealth Study Group.

Check out more fun facts about Kathy:

Kathryn J. Hower, CFP® | Meet the Bedel Team


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