Derek Kennedy (CFP®)

Derek Kennedy focuses in the
following client markets or areas of practice:

  • High Net Worth Client Needs
  • Investment Advice with Ongoing Management
  • Medical Professionals
  • Retirement Plan Investment Advice
  • Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules

Planning Specialties

My technical specialties include: portfolio distribution/withdrawal rate planning, tax efficiency, contingent rebalancing strategies, and ETF's.


I strongly believe in wealth management as a discipline and a professional process. The value of providing customized and ongoing investment management within the context of detailed and ongoing financial planning just seems a matter of common sense. Add to this the fact that modern technology now makes these services affordable and you finally have a recipe for a true advisory relationship.


Additional Information

I originally intended to open a firm that focused strictly on investment management, and there are two main reasons why I decided to earn the CFP® designation and become a financial planner:

  1. I kept asking myself the question "How can I (or anyone) manage a clients investments properly if not done withing the context of a financial plan?"
  2. My parents were bombarded by sales people when my dad retired, and they couldn't find anyone to help them who didn't seem to have a product sales agenda.

When asked what I like best about my job, I say that it's the creative and strategic thinking that I get to do, in order to present my clients with a smart path forward. I really like getting to know them and then finding the best strategies for them.


  • Please visit our website for more details about our philosophy, services, and fees.

NAPFA Start Date

July 02, 2003


This Office

200 Prosperity Rd Knoxville, TN 37923-4718 Phone: 865-291-0648