Chad Smith


Financial Symmetry, Inc.

Financial Advisor

Chad Smith


Financial Symmetry, Inc.

Financial Advisor

As a fee-only financial planner, my focus is to offer unbiased financial advice to help you achieve your life goals. - Chad Smith, CFP®

Fee-Only Financial Planner located in Raleigh, NC and serving the greater Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill area

Chad Smith is a Raleigh, NC fee-only financial planner. Financial Symmetry, Inc. provides comprehensive and objective financial planning to help clients organize, grow and protect their assets through life’s transitions. As a fee-only, fiduciary, and independent financial advisor, Chad Smith is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.

Chad is a Partner and Lead Financial Advisor of Financial Symmetry, a leading financial advisory firm in the Triangle of North Carolina. Here he enjoys providing financial planning answers to those approaching retirement as well executives, health and tech professionals working for companies in the Research Triangle Park in the Raleigh-Durham area.

He is the co-host of the Financial Symmetry podcast and a member of NAPFA. In addition to his 17 years of experience, he’s been a contributor to Money Magazine and Nerdwallet and has been quoted and appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Planning Magazine, Triangle Business Journal and the News and Observer.

Chad is passionate about sharing the importance of financial education. Whether it’s speaking at his alma mater, the Cary Senior Center, or volunteering with NAPFA initiatives, he’s seen first hand how the power of financial literacy can change lives.


After growing up in western North Carolina, he graduated from NC State and made his permanent home in the Apex/Holly Springs area. Chad and his wife, Andriena, have two daughters, Presley and Emmie. They are members of Hope Community Church, where Chad serves and teaches with the Stewardship ministry team.

After getting engaged in the NC Mountains and getting married on a NC beach, Chad and his wife have spent more time traveling to new locations. Normally, this includes several trips a year to visit his wife’s family in Arizona. When he and his wife aren’t enjoying queso at local Mexican restaurants, you will likely find him at NC State sporting events or putting together puzzles with his young daughters.

Unique Facts About Chad:

  • Graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy
  • Card Carrying Member of the MGA
  • Lifelong Fan of Back to the Future movies
  • Worked 11 different jobs before discovering financial planning

Chad Smith is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

NAPFA members live by three important values:

  • To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
  • To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
  • To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning

We are an independent, employee-owned financial advisory firm in the Triangle area of North Carolina that provides financial services on a fee-only basis. Our team of financial advisors help our clients with hourly financial planning, wealth management services, investment management, retirement planning, investment advice, college planning, 401k allocation and portfolio management.

We would love to help you with your financial planning questions and create a plan to help you reach your goals. Find out how we take a different approach to managing your finances.

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.


  • Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Retirement Income Planning
  • Investment Management
  • College Education Planning
  • Tax Planning

Ideal Clients

  • Retirees and Near Retirees
  • Growing Families
  • Business Owners and Executives
  • Sudden Money Situations
  • Novice Investors

Working Together

  • In-Office Meetings
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Clearly Defined Fees
  • No Product Sales
  • Complimentary Initial Consultation

Professional Designations & Affiliations

  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
    Chad Smith is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor

    The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
    Chad Smith is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification

    CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.

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Office Locations:

  • 1511 Sunday Dr.
    Suite 120
    Raleigh, NC 27607

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