Karen Keatley


Keatley Wealth Management, LLC

Financial Advisor

Karen Keatley


Keatley Wealth Management, LLC

Financial Advisor

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

Fee-Only Financial Advisor serving Charlotte, NC area.

Karen Keatley is a Charlotte, NC fee-only financial planner. Keatley Wealth Management, LLC 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, Karen Keatley is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.

Prior to founding her own firm in 2003, Karen Keatley had extensive experience in investment management.  Her career began more than twenty years ago in the Economic Research Department at CSX Transportation.  After completing her MBA at Duke University at the Fuqua School of Business, she joined Prudential Insurance Company where she served as Vice President and managed part of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of fixed-income and private equity investments.  She made the transition to investment management and financial planning for individuals as a fee-only advisor because she believes in the importance of quality advice that is not influenced by a sales agenda.

Karen is somewhat unique among financial advisors in that she has earned both the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFP® (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™) marks of distinction, in addition to an MBA.  The depth of her academic study combined with her investment experience enables her to provide exceptional perspective and highly insightful advice for her clients.  As a member of National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, (NAPFA), she serves clients in a fiduciary capacity, which means that she accepts the legal standard to put clients’ interests first.  

Karen has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance, MSN.com Money Central, Charlotte Business Journal, and South Park Magazine, among other publications.  She has been interviewed on film by local television and is often consulted as a subject matter expert for news reports.  Karen also contributed to the book, Just Give Me the Answer$: Expert Advisors Address Your Most Pressing Financial Questions (Dearborn Trade Press, April 2004).  

Karen is a member of the Women’s Impact Fund and has served on that organization’s finance committee and Board of Directors as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair.  An amateur singer, she has performed with Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and has served on the Boards of Directors for Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  Karen has two adult children and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and her dog.  She enjoys golf and travel, and cherishes time with family.

BA – Psychology and Economics, Lehigh University
MBA – Duke University
CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst designation  (www.CFAInstitute.org)
CFP® – CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (www.CFP.net).

Member – CFA Institute.
Member – National Association of Fee-Only Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and NAPFA- Registered Financial Advisor (www.NAPFA.org).
Member – Financial Planning Association (www.FPA.net).


Karen Keatley 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

As an individual investor, you face tremendous challenges. You are constantly bombarded with confusing, often misleading media messages about investments and financial planning. The recent bear market may have left you confused and anxious about how your money should be invested. “Experts” make contradictory predictions about the future of the markets. Financial institutions continuously develop new financial products and spend enormous sums of money to promote them. The title “Financial Advisor” is used by product salespeople who provide very little in the way of actual advice. The quality of the information in financial magazines and television shows is mixed, at best. It has become increasingly difficult to filter out the noise.

We can help.

Keatley Wealth Management, LLC, located in Charlotte, NC, was formed by Karen Keatley MBA, CFA, CFP® to provide superior long-term investment strategies and financial advice to individuals and families.

A Fee-Only firm, Keatley Wealth Management does not sell financial products. We do not receive commissions or third party payments of any kind because they lead to conflicts of interest between advisors and clients. Our fees are completely transparent and there are no hidden agendas.

Our investment approach is not based on speculation. The most successful long-term investment strategy has always been a well-diversified, buy-hold-and-rebalance approach. Market volatility and steep declines have been the bane of unprepared investors. An informed historical perspective helps you avoid the costly mistakes of being too optimistic when stocks are soaring and too pessimistic after a market decline.

We integrate expert financial planning with experienced investment management and take a collaborative approach with our clients to develop investment portfolios appropriate for their unique situations. With a well-conceived plan and a sound investment strategy, you can be prepared to profit from long-term growth opportunities and also to weather short term storms. By taking the appropriate amount of risk for your long term goals and having adequate liquid resources in safe investments, you will be better able to cope with volatility and bear markets.

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)
    Karen Keatley 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)
    Karen Keatley 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.

  • Financial Planning Association
    Karen Keatley is a member of The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®)

    FPA® is the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals in the U.S. and supports high standards of professional competence, ethical conduct, and clear, complete disclosure when serving clients.

  • CFA - Chartered Financial Analyst
    Karen Keatley is a CFA® charterholder

    A Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) is a professional designation given by the CFA Institute. A CFA designation is a badge of distinction. It represents a deep knowledge of all things investing, a commitment to ethics, and a passion for always putting investors first. All of which make members unparalleled professionals who are fully engaged in raising the standards of the investment management industry.

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Office Locations:

  • 7615 Colony Rd
    Suite 120
    Charlotte, NC 28226

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