Stephen Nelson is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Charterholder and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who has spent his career in the investment management and financial planning profession. He helps clients manage their portfolios and plan for retirement, legacy and lifetime goals. His desire to more personally serve clients led to the creation of Birchwood Capital in 2020.
Stephen serves individuals and families throughout North County San Diego and across the country.
Stephen received a Master of Science in Finance along with a B.B.A of Finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He holds the the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Charter, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, and is a member of XY Planning Network. Also, he serves as a committee member for the Rancho Del Sol area of Young Life.
Originally from Oregon, Stephen traveled to Texas to study business and play football. He and his wife met at school and now live in North County San Diego with their twin daughter and son, Rylynn & Brayden.
Together, the Nelson’s enjoy spending time with each other and their extended family, having friends over, getting outside, cooking up a new recipe, watching movies, reading, and savoring each of life’s moments.
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Dimensional Fund Advisors is a leading global investment firm that has been translating academic research into practical investment solutions since 1981. Guided by a strong belief in markets, the firm builds and implements strategies to help clients pursue higher expected returns. An enduring philosophy, strong client commitment, and deep working relationships with the academic community underpin Dimensional’s approach to investing and form the foundation for new strategies.
Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies, offering a large selection of low-cost mutual funds, ETFs and related services. From its start in 1975, Vanguard has stood out as a very different kind of investment firm. It was founded on the simple but revolutionary idea that a mutual fund company should not have outside owners. This framework has enabled it to put clients first and to continually lower investment costs.