Bill Wendling, CFA

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Sr. Portfolio Manager and
Chief Investment Officer

As a portfolio manager, I partner with clients in helping to ensure their portfolio is invested in the best way to meet their long-term goals. Since every client has different goals, every client's portfolio is uniquely invested. Too frequently, people overcomplicate problems, when simplifying them would be helpful. I like Occam's razor which suggests that oftentimes the simplest solution is the best solution.

Investment Management and Financial Planning Experience

  • Over 20 years of experience in fee-only financial planning and investment management.
  • Experience includes developing and implementing investment strategies in coordination with financial goals.

Career History

  • Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., Sr. Portfolio Manager, Chief Investment Officer

Education and Professional Designations

  • Awarded Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
  • Bachelor of Science, Economics/Finance and Mathematics Double Major, University of Indianapolis, Magna cum laude.
  • Presidential Scholar, University of Indianapolis.

Professional Activities

  • Past President and Past Board Member, CFA Society of Indianapolis.
  • Member, CFA Institute.


  • Contributing writer to Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Contributing writer to Inside Indiana Business.

Community Activities

  • Treasurer, Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Graduate of 2012 Class
  • Sunday School Teacher, K-6th, ZUMC
  • Participant with Central American Lutheran Mission Society and Mission Guatemala
  • Past Treasurer, Greater Indianapolis Area Emmaus Community
  • Past Advisory Council, Zionsville United Methodist Church (ZUMC)

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in the "Who's Who Behind the Scenes In Banking & Financial Services" by Indianapolis Business Journal, October 2003.
  • Recipient of Five Star Wealth Manager Award, Indianapolis Monthly - 5 Year Winner.

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Dec 9, 2019

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Is Your Bond Portfolio Putting You at Risk?

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8 (Financial) Tips for Sleeping Through a Storm

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Feb 4, 2019

New Standard Deduction: Do you still Itemize?

It’s almost tax time, and along with that comes a new standard deduction that could shake up how you file your taxes. If you’ve been used to itemizing your deductions, this year might be the first where you take the new larger standard deduction. We’ve broken down who might itemize versus who will likely benefit from taking the deduction, along with tax strategies you can employ right now to benefit your tax situation in 2019.

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Nov 14, 2018

Reflections from 18,885 Feet

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Oct 1, 2018

Margin Loans: A Savvy Way to Use Your Brokerage Account?

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Jul 2, 2018

Advice to Young Adults: Change Your Mindset!

Everyone knows that the choices we make today affect us down the road…but that’s especially true with our money habits! They key is to change your mindset about money and be realistic about what you need to do to secure your financial future.

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Jan 29, 2018

Rising Interest Rates – A Death Knell for Bonds?

Predicting the rise or fall of interest rates is a difficult task – even for those considered experts in the field. But it does appear that interest rates are poised to continue rising this year. Unsure of what this means to you as an investor or borrower? We’ve got you covered!

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Dec 11, 2017

2018 Tax Changes: How Can You Prepare Now?

Unless you have a crystal ball, it’s hard to predict what tax changes might be coming our way in 2018. But there are several strategies you can implement before December 31st that could better position you to take advantage of the 2018 changes.

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Aug 14, 2017

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