Chuck Clifton


Sycamore Financial Planning

Financial Advisor

Chuck Clifton


Sycamore Financial Planning

Financial Advisor

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

(919) 213-1737

Fee-Only Financial Planner Located in Durham & Charlotte, NC and Serving Clients Nationwide

Chuck Clifton is a Durham, NC fee-only financial planner. Sycamore Financial Planning 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, Chuck Clifton is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.
Chuck Clifton, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, is the founder of Sycamore Financial Planning, LLC, a Fee-Only financial planning firm in Durham, NC. Chuck welcomes clients of all types to Sycamore Financial Planning, regardless of age, assets, or level of financial expertise.

By providing comprehensive financial planning services on an hourly, as-needed basis, Chuck offers a unique and flexible approach to helping clients with their most important financial questions. As a client, you decide how much assistance you need – and when you need it. Because Chuck’s compensation comes directly from his clients, his only responsibility is to his clients. Chuck works collaboratively with you to identify your goals and to create a plan to help you achieve them.

As a member of the Garrett Planning Network, Chuck is committed to the Fee-Only model of providing independent, objective financial planning services and advice to people from all walks of life. Fair and transparent pricing is a key focus for Sycamore Financial Planning. We don’t accept commissions or referral fees from third parties, so you know that there is no conflict of interest with our product recommendations. Once we have our Get Acquainted meeting, we’ll provide a fee quote, show you how we came up with the amount, and work with you if we need to customize the project based on your budget. Our goal is to keep your overall investing costs as low as possible while enabling you to make smarter financial decisions, sleep well at night, and achieve your goals.

Chuck has been a part of the financial services industry since 2008, when he joined a local investment advisory firm in the roles of financial analyst, research analyst, and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to this, Chuck worked for IBM for 10 years as a software engineer, project manager, and financial operations manager.

Chuck has completed four degrees in the areas of business, finance, and technology. This education has prepared Chuck to provide you with a high level of financial advice.

Chuck Clifton 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.
Sycamore Financial Planning is flexible in providing a full range of comprehensive financial planning services. Our favorite client relationship is an ongoing, comprehensive financial planning relationship because it provides you with the most in-depth financial analysis and gives us the best chance to get to know you, your values, and goals.  We also recognize that a one-time engagement or quick check-up may be a better fit, and we’re happy to work with you in whatever way is best-suited for you.  Our services include but are not limited to advice on the following issues.
  • Personal financial planning.
  • Retirement planning strategies.
  • Investment portfolio design and asset allocation.
  • Budgeting and debt management.
  • College funding advice.
  • One-time, periodic, or ongoing financial or investment advice.
  • Second opinion on investments or current financial plan.

FEE-ONLY.  Sycamore Financial Planning receives no referral fees or commissions from any third parties. Being fee-only allows us to focus exclusively on your best interest and provide objective recommendations to help you achieve your financial goals. It can often-times save you a lot of money too!

We are able to provide a flat-fee quote for the initial engagement at the conclusion of the complimentary consultation most of the time. With the flat-fee quote, as long as we stay within the original scope of our project, you won’t be charged any incremental hourly fees. You are also free to call and ask questions on the issues addressed in the engagement for up to a year after the recommendations meeting at no additional cost.

All services are billed at an hourly rate of $180. This rate is used both when determining a flat fee quote and when working on an hourly basis. A deposit and signed agreement is needed to start the engagement, and the remainder is due in the plan presentation meeting.

NO MINIMUMS.  Sycamore Financial Planning does not require its clients to have a minimum amount of assets, account size, net worth, or income.

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)
    Chuck Clifton 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)
    Chuck Clifton 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.

  • Divorce Financial Analyst
    Chuck Clifton is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®)

    A CDFA® professional is a financial professional skilled at analyzing data and providing expertise on the financial issues of divorce. The role of the CDFA® professional is to assist the client and his or her attorney to understand how the decisions he or she makes today will impact the client’s financial future. A CDFA® can take on many roles in the divorce process: Financial Expertise and Strategy, Data Collection and Analysis, Expert Presenter and Litigation Support. In some cases, CDFA® professionals are called upon to act as expert witnesses in court or in mediation proceedings.

  • Garrett Planning Network - GPN
    Chuck Clifton is a member of the Garrett Planning Network. Click here to learn more.

    Everyone needs competent, objective financial advice from time to time. The Garrett Planning Network has a nationwide membership with hundreds of independent, Fee-Only financial planners providing advice to people from all walks of life, without minimum account requirements, sales commissions, or long-term commitments. Our members proudly embrace their fiduciary duty, always placing their clients' best interests first.

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Office Locations:

  • 1005 Slater Road
    Suite 320
    Durham, NC 27703
  • 525 North Tryon Street
    Suite 1600
    Charlotte, NC 28202

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