Ed Taylor


Taylor Financial

Founder and President

Ed Taylor


Taylor Financial

Founder and President

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

(910) 256-8818

Fee Only Financial Planner serving clients in Wilmington, NC and all surrounding areas. Our office is located at the Landfall Executive Suites.

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

Ed Taylor is the Founder and President of Taylor Financial. Mr. Taylor started in the personal financial planning industry in 1998 and achieved the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) in 2003.  He has worked closely with clients as they transition through different stages of their financial planning life. Mr. Taylor's reputation in the industry has been established by focusing on the individual needs of clients rather than providing generic advice. His first priority is helping you take care of yourself and your family.  Mr. Taylor takes the time to learn in-depth about your personal situation, identify your goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. He passionately believes that long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of his successful career.

The CFP® designation is the benchmark for professional standards and ethics in the financial planning industry. Mr. Taylor has also been accepted into membership of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). NAPFA is the nation's premier organization of Fee-Only advisors. Nationally, only 2% of practicing financial advisors have been accepted for membership in NAPFA.

Mt. Taylor is one of the few financial advisors in North Carolina permitted to offer Dimensional funds. This permission was granted through extensive scrutiny of Mr. Taylor's background, business model and investment philosophy. There is no obligation or compensation based on this relationship. Dimensional's approach to investing is based on the science of the markets not the noise in the markets. 

Mr. Taylor holds both a BA (1986) and MA (1989) from North Carolina State University. His over 25 years of community involvement has included such activities as coaching his children's soccer teams, previously serving as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Public Radio (WHQR) and participating in fund raising for Honor Flight.

Ed Taylor 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.

Taylor Financial is an independent Fee-Only financial planning and Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) practice. The primary focus is to assist you in navigating confidently through life's financial decisions. You can expect to receive competent and refreshingly unbiased advice.  There are NO products sold.

Financial Fiduciary - Taylor Financial upholds a fiduciary standard to always work in your best interest. It is a responsibility that is taken very seriously and yes...it will be put in writing. If your existing advisor won't put it in writing...you know the answer!
Fee-Only - Taylor Financial is completely up front and transparent about investment expenses. Compensation is based solely on the service that is provided directly to you. 
Independent - Taylor Financial is not tied to a financial institution that pushes products that try to produce the biggest commissions. Solutions are found that are most appropriate for your unique situation. No two clients have the same investment portfolio.
Financial Planning and Investment Management - Taylor Financial takes a goal based approach to your unique financial situation. The focus is on helping you reach your goals taking on the least amount of risk that is necessary.

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

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)
    Ed Taylor 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)
    Ed Taylor 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.

  • Dimensional Funds
    Taylor Financial has access to Dimensional Funds

    Dimensional believes an advisor can work closely with you to understand your financial needs and provide a range of wealth management services, while encouraging the discipline essential to long-term investment success. Financial advisors who work with Dimensional operate independently from Dimensional and vary in the extent to which they use Dimensional funds.

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Office Locations:

  • 1213 Culbreth Drive
    Wilmington, NC 28405

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