Louis Kokernak

CFA, CFP®

Haven Financial Advisors

Principal

Louis Kokernak

CFA, CFP®

Haven Financial Advisors

Principal

Don't Invest with your Convictions! They are Probably Wrong. - Louis Kokernak, CFA, CFP®

(512) 791-4335

Fee-Only financial planner located in Austin, TX, serving clients locally and across the country

Louis Kokernak is a Austin, TX fee-only financial planner who has been serving the investment community for nearly 30 years. He founded Haven Financial Advisors as a fee only advisor in 2002. His goal was to deliver unbiased advice to clients. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Bloomberg News among many other media outlets.  Lou has taught courses to CFP candidates at The University of Texas, St. Edwards Univerisity, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

​Lou has lived in Austin since 1990. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is a member of the National Association of Personal Financail Advisors (NAPFA). His charitable interests include public health and secondary education.

Haven Financial Advisors is committed to your future. We have been a fee only financial advisor since 2002. The fee only advisor sits on the same side of the table as the client. The first step in the relationship is getting to know you and what your goals are. It's a two way communications process that requires the engagement of both parties.

We develop a financial plan that includes a diversified asset allocation tailored to your personal situation. Experience tells us that the key value proposition of the plan is the comfort level it delivers to the client - that you are taking concrete steps to achieve realistic financial goals. Our principal, Louis Kokernak, is an experienced investment advisor and financial planner who has been helping individuals for nearly two decades.

The cornerstone of our life savings strategy is the investment in multiple asset classes with low cost and low turnover. We utilize products from Dimensional Fund Advisors, Vanguard, State Street, and other providers. Our investment process is transparent. There are no "black box" funds or sudden swings in risk taking. Sample portfolios are available for review. 

Louis Kokernak is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s 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

Haven Financial Advisors is committed to your future. We have been a fee only financial advisor since 2002. The fee only advisor sits on the same side of the table as the client. The first step in the relationship is getting to know you and what your goals are. It's a two way communications process that requires the engagement of both parties.

We develop a financial plan that includes a diversified asset allocation tailored to your personal situation. Experience tells us that the key value proposition of the plan is the comfort level it delivers to the client - that you are taking concrete steps to achieve realistic financial goals. Our principal, Louis Kokernak, is an experienced investment advisor and financial planner who has been helping individuals for nearly two decades.

The cornerstone of our life savings strategy is the investment in multiple asset classes with low cost and low turnover. We utilize products from Dimensional Fund Advisors, Vanguard, State Street, and other providers. Our investment process is transparent. There are no "black box" funds or sudden swings in risk taking. Sample portfolios are available for review. 

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)
    Louis Kokernak is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor

    The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s 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)
    Louis Kokernak 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.

  • CFA - Chartered Financial Analyst
    Louis Kokernak is a CFA® charterholder

    A Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) is a professional designation given by the CFA Institute, formerly AIMR, that measures the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis.

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Office Locations:

  • 210 Lee Barton Dr
    Unit 211
    Austin, TX 78704

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Published on Dec 18, 2017

I review recent trends in the growth of indexed investing products. Will this growth adversely affect performance? Probably not.

How to invest your Health Savings Account (HSA)

Published on Oct 18, 2017

Louis Kokernak discusses some simple and effective strategies for investing and accumulating assets within your Health Savings Account

A Critical Look at the CAPE Ratio

Published on Sep 25, 2017

A review of the cyclically adjusted price/earnings (CAPE) ratio. Offers some reasons why this measure should be systematically higher in the present day. Also discusses the relative value offered by foreign stocks.

Haven Financial Advisors Discusses the Benefits of Foreign Stocks

Published on Sep 9, 2017

Provides a short rationale and the means for investing in foreign equities

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