Elizabeth Buffardi

CFP®, CPA

Crescendo Financial Planners, Inc.

Financial Advisor

Elizabeth Buffardi

CFP®, CPA

Crescendo Financial Planners, Inc.

Financial Advisor

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

630-446-0114

Fee-Only financial planner located in Oak Brook, IL, serving clients locally and across the country

Elizabeth Buffardi is a Oak Brook, IL fee-only financial planner. Crescendo Financial Planners, Inc. provides personal financial planning, investment advice, and tax preparation and planning to help clients organize, grow and protect their assets through life’s transitions. As a fee-only, fiduciary, and independent financial advisor, Elizabeth Buffardi is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.

Elizabeth Buffardi started her career as a tax accountant at Blackman Kallick, a public accounting firm in Chicago, IL.  After 2 years, she went to a family office, where she was the accountant for a family’s entire investment portfolio, along with the liaison between the investment managers, accountants, auditors and attorneys they used.  At one point, she realized she treated their money better than she treated her own money.  She started to learn all she could regarding investing.  The rest of her work experience is in the financial services area, specifically, in the hedge fund and funds of hedge funds arena.

Crescendo was born from Elizabeth’s quest to help people like herself gain control of their financial lives.  She strives to provide the information that people need and to be able to recommend solutions that are right for that person and their situation.  As she says, “You are a multi-faceted person.  Your personal life includes your career, your family, your hobbies, etc.  Your financial life is also multi-faceted.  It includes your home, your business, your investments, your taxes, etc.  I look at everything because one facet of your financial life can affect the others.  They all have to work together in harmony.

Elizabeth Buffardi 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.
You may be trying to figure out how to pay how to fund your 401(k), save for an emergency fund, or buy a home.  You may be trying to figure out how to do all of these things at the same time.

Maybe you’re unsure how to build wealth while educating your children and starting a business.

Perhaps you’re struggling with preserving your wealth while caring for aging parents, dealing with boomerang kids, and evaluating an early retirement offer.

Whatever your current situation, worrying about finances impacts your life and relationships.  We can help you make the financial decisions that will make the most of what you have now and help you build a more secure, enjoyable future.

Fee-Only, Holistic Advice for Better Financial Decisions and Fewer Worries

Holistic financial planning is a process, not an event.  It focuses on your goals, integrates all areas of your financial life, recognizes how your beliefs and attitudes impact the financial decisions you make, and makes adjustments as your circumstances change.

View our holistic process.

As fee-only financial advisors, we sell no products and receive no commissions.  Instead, you pay us an annual retainer that covers all our meetings and full access to us at no additional charge whenever you have questions or your circumstances change.  Knowing in advance exactly how much you are paying for advice and understanding that your advisor puts your interests first brings peace of mind.

Contact us to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you make the financial decisions that lead to financial independence.

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

Specialties

  • 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)
    Elizabeth Buffardi 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.

  • Alliance of Comprehensive Planners
    Elizabeth Buffardi is a Member of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP)

    Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) is the community of tax-focused financial planners that operate under the retainer model. Passionately dedicated to superb client service, ACP planners’ only source of income is client retainer fees – not commissions. With an ACP planner, you can be confident you’re getting experience, knowledge, research, and most importantly, advice that is tailored just for you.

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
    Elizabeth Buffardi 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.

  • CPA - Certified Public Accountant
    Elizabeth Buffardi is a Certified Public Accountant (Learn More)

    Certified Public Accountants are licensed by the state and authorized by the state to practice public or private accounting. CPA licensing requirements are state specific, but typically include a bachelors degree with additional accounting coursework, successful completion of the Uniform CPA Exam, work experience, successful completion of an approved ethics course, and ongoing continuing education.

  • Kinder Institute
    Elizabeth Buffardi Has Received Training at the The Kinder Institute of Life Planning

    The Kinder Institute trains and coaches financial advisors worldwide in a method we call financial Life Planning. This method is based on the premise that advisors should first discover a client’s most essential goals in life before formulating a financial plan, so a client’s finances fully support those goals.

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Office Locations:

  • 110 Oak Brook Road
    31st Street
    Oak Brook, IL 60523

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