When you talk to Kevin about investments, it may feel more like a visit with a professor during office hours than a discussion you would expect to have with an investment advisor. He uses a combination of economics and psychology to help clients understand and deal with the trade-offs of important financial decisions. You won’t leave the conversation with a secret investment strategy sure to provide you with instant fortunes, but you will likely leave with a concrete understanding of how financial markets work and how to make decisions about which combination of investments is appropriate for you. Investments can be overwhelming, but after talking to Kevin you will feel relieved that there is a way to sift through the constant barrage of financial information and noise that leads to a rational approach to investing.
Kevin believes that making investments with the help of a financial advisor should be more of a collaboration than a proposal. As one of his favorite philosophers, Thomas Sowell, famously said, “There are no solutions, only trade-offs.” When it comes to investing and many other decisions in life, there is no right answer. Instead, there is a range of possible decisions, each having its own range of possible outcomes. For example, a sports car and an SUV will both likely get you from New York to Los Angeles, but with different risks, at different speeds, carrying different amounts of cargo, incurring different costs and providing different experiences. Finding the right fit takes a combination of education, effective communication and a commitment to intellectual honesty.
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- Finance BBA, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
- 2009 - Present, Managing Partner, Austin Wealth Management, LLC
- 2006 - 2009, Business Consultant, National Financial Partners
- 2003 - 2006, Analyst, National Financial Partners
- CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
Kevin was raised in a handful of mid-western towns, finally landing with his family in the Dallas area where he attended high school. He then moved to Austin where he earned a degree in Finance at the University of Texas.
As a senior in college, he began work for National Financial Partners where he developed a consulting division and learned the good, bad, and ugly about the financial services industry. Kevin earned the CFA designation which taught him about the investment decision making process, capital markets, ethics, and behavioral finance – which became his passion.
Kevin’s wife, Julie, is a scientist working at the University of Texas. They have three children, Zoe, Jack, Isabel, and a Labrador Retriever named Lizzy. On the weekend, you will find this family exploring the many parks, swimming holes and trails around central Texas. His parents are retired in Georgetown, TX, and his sister is a fashion designer in Los Angeles.
Interest facts about Kevin:
Kevin has a lifelong objective of picking up a new sport or activity every couple of years. The list includes mountain biking, trail running, kayak/canoeing, golf, windsurfing, adventure racing, boxing, parkour and, most recently, rock climbing.
- Favorites Band/Performer: Wilco
- Favorite Movie: Once Upon a Time in the West
- Favorite Team: Longhorns
- Favorite Writer: Steven Pinker
- Favorite Blog/Podcast: EconTalk
Blog Posts by Kevin X. Smith, CFA
The First Sip #2 – Index funds out, day trading in?
Kevin and John discuss the casual day trader. Time for a hair cut! Is day trading on the rise during COVID-19? Are index funds becoming less popular? Is it about the ‘brain tingle’ or making money? What is the one…Read More
Rippin’ It #1 – Why are stocks so high?
We are experimenting with video interviews to share our conversations and ideas about current personal finance topics. The production quality will improve as we go. This is the first in a series of conversations between Kevin and Derek, with a…Read More
The First Sip #1 – Are millennials value investors?
We are experimenting with video interviews to share our conversations and ideas about current personal finance topics. The production quality will improve as we go. This is the first in a series of conversations between Kevin and John, with a…Read More
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