Kent Thune, CFP® is a financial planner, investment advisor, educator, and writer. He has more than 15 years of experience investing in mutual funds and is the owner of an investment advisory firm he established in 2006. Kent teaches his clients and students how to "make money a tool, not a destination."
Besides being a full-time Certified Financial Planner™ and "fee-only" investment advisor, Kent teaches an online personal finance course for the University of Phoenix and a retirement planning course for the College of Charleston.
As a writer, Kent's philosophical musings on investing, personal finance and the economy are seen regularly on the web for popular and award-winning financial blogs, such as GetRichSlowly, The Big Picture, and his own blog, The Financial Philosopher.
Kent also serves as a member of the Financial Services Center Advisory Committee for The Citadel of South Carolina.
In the past, Kent has been vice president and senior investment advisor at a regional pension consulting firm and has worked in the banking and brokerage services industries.
Kent earned his CFP® from The Certified Financial Board of Standards in 2008 and his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree from The Citadel in 2009.
Kent received a bachelor's degree in 1991 at Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied music and business.
He has also attained the Qualified Financial Plan Consultant designation, Series 7 and 63 securities licenses, and the Life, Accident & Health insurance license.
By Kent Thune:
Mutual funds are ideal investments because they allow investors to accomplish almost any financial goal with only a basic level of knowledge and relatively low amount of time on research. Spending an unnecessary amount of energy on investing may paradoxically reduce the quality of life that the investor’s money is intended to create or enhance. Life is not a tool for money—money is a tool for life.