Financial wellness for life

Personalized guidance for psychologists that goes beyond investments.

As a psychologist you place your clients’ interest first, allow us to place yours first.

While most financial advice to psychologists tends to be focused on investments, Altfest has gone above and beyond by creating an all-encompassing service unlike any other which seeks to address your personal and professional financial needs, all under one roof.


  • Private Practice Clinical Psychologists

    With insurance reimbursements falling, financial security for psychologists continues to be a challenge – Altfest can help.

    Reimbursements from insurance companies are reducing by as much as 50% which has an immediate impact on psychologists’ financial security. As a result, it’s important to find alternative ways to maximize your assets through:

    • Workplace Retirement Plans
    • Tax Efficient Strategies
    • Financial Statement Organization and Analysis

    Beyond these items, there may be additional financial planning opportunities that you could take advantage of.

    Please see below for our full list of services.

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologists

    Working with C-Suite Executives can be extremely rewarding but it’s also likely to be an enormous time crunch which can increase financial stress – Altfest is here to reduce your financial burden.

    You’ve worked hard mastering your craft which is why C-Suite executives rely on your wisdom and expertise to improve their performance. Our experience suggests that this leaves little time to handle your own financial affairs such as:

    • “Life” planning (college funding, tax, insurance, estate)
    • Maximizing your 401(k) or other employer-retirement plan
    • Preparing for a smooth and peaceful retirement

    You deserve to spend time on what you love by allowing Altfest to handle these other financial stressors on your behalf.

    Please see below for our full list of services.

  • College/University Psychology Professors

    Understanding how far your retirement or pension income will go can be very challenging but it can also make all the difference for your peace of mind – Altfest will analyze your extensive pension details so you can focus on what you do best.

    Many college professors rely on their retirement plans and pension in order to plan effectively for retirement but without a clear understanding, optimizing it can be difficult. Altfest will not only assist in optimizing your retirement plan and pension but will apply it to the comprehensive financial plan that will be created for you so that all the elements are working seamlessly in your favor.

    Please see below for our full list of services.

Alleviate financial stress and increase financial security.

Our specialized advisory team offers expertise in key financial planning and investment services for psychologists, all under one roof, including:

  • Retirement Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Business Owner Planning
  • Liability
    Protection
  • Investments
  • Cash Flow & Goal Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Student Debt Management
  • Real Estate Investments

Invest in your Future.

Using our proprietary Total Portfolio Management (TPM®) tool, Altfest’s investment process uses your time horizon, expense patterns, and risk tolerance to design a tailored strategy that aligns with your goals.

For over 35 years, psychologists have trusted Altfest to grow and protect their wealth. Our continued recognition for excellence in our field is an ongoing reminder of the power of putting clients first.

  • Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in the Nation
    Barron’s, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the Country
    Barron's, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Top Women Wealth Advisors
    Forbes, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Best-In-State Wealth Advisors
    Forbes, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Young Advisors to Watch
    Financial Advisor, 2020
  • Leading Registered Investment Advisors
    Financial Advisor, 2012-2020
  • Best Places to Work for Financial Advisors
    InvestmentNews, 2019, 2020
  • Top Rated Advisors in New York, NY
    AdvisoryHQ, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors
    Forbes, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Notable Women in Finance
    Crain’s, 2018, 2019

Founded by a family with a vision for better wealth management.

As a pioneer in fee-only financial planning, Altfest has offered tailored, transparent and objective service since 1983. We don’t sell insurance or financial products, and as fiduciaries, we are committed to putting our clients' best interests first – always.




*InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40 recipients are selected after a review of key criteria editorial staff have used to weigh the average 1,000 nominations received each of this project’s five years, including accomplishment to date, contribution to the industry, leadership and promise. There is no fee to participate in the ranking.

*Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained via phone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Advisors who are considered have a minimum experience of seven years. The algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their business and in their approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. There is no fee to participate.

*Barron’s America’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors is based on assets under management, revenue generated by advisors for their firm, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion because performance is often a function of each client’s appetite for risk. In evaluating advisors, they examine regulatory records, internal company documents, and 100-plus points of data provided by the advisors. There is no fee to participate. Additional details regarding the criteria and process utilized in formulating these rankings can be found by at http://www.barrons-conferences.com/advisor-rankings.html

*Barron’s state-by-state listing of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors lists the top advisors in each state, with the number of ranking spots determined by each state’s population and wealth. The rankings are based on assets under management, revenue generated by advisors for their firm, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion because performance is often a function of each client’s appetite for risk. In evaluating advisors, they examine regulatory records, internal company documents, and 100-plus points of data provided by the advisors themselves. There is no fee to participate. Additional details regarding the criteria and process utilized in formulating these rankings can be found by at http://www.barrons-conferences.com/advisor-rankings.html

*Forbes’ ranking of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of professionals with a minimum of four years relevant experience. Factors reviewed include revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and best practices. Also, interviews are held via telephone and in-person conversations. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. There is no fee to participate.

*The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Additional details regarding the criteria and process utilized in formulating these rankings can be found by at https://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2019/02/20/forbes-best-in-state-wealth-advisors-methodology-2019/#3ac8af774ed1

*InvestmentNews’ Best Places to Work for Financial Advisors recognition is a survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and winners are published in an issue of Investment News. The process includes 2 surveys to gather detailed data about each participating company. BCG conducts the surveys, analyzes the data and determines the winners and rankings.

*Financial Advisor’s Young Advisors to Watch criteria is based on nominations from influential industry professionals of advisors age 40 and below – if more than one professional nominates a candidate, they are then considered on a number of qualitative factors, including thought leadership, innovative thinking, and more. Assets and accreditation are not factored into this recognition. There is no fee to participate.

*Crain’s Custom editors choose candidates based on their professional, civic and philanthropic achievements. For Notable Women in Finance, they only considered candidates working in asset management, banking, capital markets or credit cards who worked within the five boroughs of NYC. They often try to choose candidates who greatly contribute to the advancement of women in their workplace or industry as a whole.

*AdvisoryHQ’s ranking methodology is based on a wide range of filters including fiduciary duty, level of customized service, and history of innovation. There is no fee to participate. Details regarding Advisory HQ’s selection methodology can be found at http://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/advisoryhqs-methodology-for-selecting-top-advisors/

*The Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers list is independently produced by Financial Times. The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and FT’s research. The listing reflects each practice’s performance in six primary areas: assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, years in existence, credentials and online accessibility. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of the practice’s future performance. There is no fee to participate.

*The Financial Advisor ranking of Leading Registered Investment Advisors in the U.S. looks at year end assets under management of RIAs, publishing a ranked list by AUM. There is no fee to participate.

*The InvestmentNews Best Practices awards recognize top-performing firms that are run by people with a long-term vision for their organizations and an ongoing commitment to improving as well as enhancing their businesses. Recipients are all participants in InvestmentNews’ Research initiatives and chosen based on their rate of growth, profitability and productivity levels. There is no fee to participate in InvestmentNews’ Research initiatives.

*Nominations for an All-Star Research Team are sought from readers of Financial Advisor and Private Wealth Management magazines as well as from attendees of the Fiduciary Research Manager Summit. Nominations from individuals outside a nominee’s firm are weighted far more heavily than those who were nominated by themselves or their partners. There is no fee to participate in the ranking. Frequency of a nomination also played a role in selection. While the top nominees have different investment philosophies and disciplines, they all have a practice or strategy that sets them apart. There is no fee to participate in the nomination process.

*Rankings and recognition by unaffiliated publications should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that Altfest will provide a certain level of results in client accounts nor should they be construed as current or past endorsements of Altfest by clients. Listed publications base their selection on publicly available information. Altfest is not responsible for any content prepared by outside publications regarding the products or services offered by Altfest.