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Fi-du-ci-what!? It’s simple — we have structured our business so that we are personally liable if we give you bad advice. Sounds reasonable, right?

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No commissions and no hidden fees. The only compensation we receive comes from our clients directly.

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The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation means we are on top of our game. Only 25% of all financial advisors* in the industry can claim this distinction.



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Case Study 1:

Work Optional


Mark and Jennifer don’t have a set date for retirement — not because they can’t retire, but because they’re not sure they ever want to stop working completely. Mark is a tenured professor who can’t imagine no longer making such a big impact on the lives of his students. He loves being able to…

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Case Study 2:

A Foundation


A $20 million university endowment in Indiana asked us to consult on their foundation’s investment portfolio. Prior to working with us, the foundation’s board of directors had delegated investment management to an insourced Chief Investment Officer as the sole portfolio manager…

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H.E.N.R.Y. (High-earner, not rich yet)


Meet Bridget. As an attorney, she has a high-dollar income. She also has many dreams: buying a home, minimizing taxes, and knowing she has the ability to retire comfortably if she ever stops working. But there were 2 massive obstacles standing between her and her dreams: ZERO TIME & ZERO PLAN.

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A research group once described financial planning as feeling like a mix between a dental visit, math class, and marriage therapy. Making smart decisions with your money shouldn’t be painful – it should be rewarding!

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You define your goals. We define a plan. Together, we define your future.


Define Financial is a fee-only financial planning firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. We specialize in financial planning and investment management services for busy professionals and retirees.

Do you think the next 30 years will look like the previous 30 years? We certainly don’t. Define was launched to provide a fresh, new perspective on the global financial markets and develop forward-looking solutions to ensure our clients can reach their goals.




Welcome! I’m a native San Diegan and I worked for large wealth management firms for half of my career. They spent more time talking about how to make the firm more money than how to make clients more money. I set out to change that.

In 2014, I launched Define Financial. We are a team of award-winning CFP® professionals working with our clients on the same side of the table. We help our clients reduce taxes, invest smarter, and retire on their terms.

Since launching Define Financial, I’ve been recognized as a four-year Five Star Wealth Manager in San Diego Magazine, a Top 40 Advisor Under 40 by InvestmentNews, and I was the recipient of the 2015 SD Metro Movers award by San Diego Metro Magazine. I’m also a regular contributor to Kiplinger and San Diego Downtown News.

I’m a proud graduate of the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona and the Executive Financial Planner program at San Diego State University. In addition, I hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation – exemplifying my commitment to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in the industry.

When I’m not perfecting financial plans, you can find me traveling with my wife and two sons, searching for the next best carne asada burrito, or trying to master Adam Scott’s golf swing.


pet: French Bulldog, Paisley
The Frenchie is a mix of three different breeds – diversified, just like my investment portfolio.
can’t be interrupted when: The Wildcats are playing
Timing – important in sports, not investing
favorite hiking spot: Cowles Mountain
Life is worth the climb
best burrito in San Diego: Nico’s, Ocean Beach
May result in inflation —of the stomach
favorite date night: Azuki Sushi, Bankers Hill
This place doesn’t get enough credit
queued up on the driving playlist : Podcasts!
Low cost, high yield.
best happy hour: Jaynes Gastropub
Suitable for both bear and bull markets
favorite golf course: La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, CA
A great place to form bonds

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Donor-advised funds have become increasingly popular given the new tax laws in 2018. They have also become one of our favorite tax savings tips that continues to fly under the radar: Today, we are going to break it all down for you and explain: What a Donor-Advised Fund is (in plain English!) Why you should…
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Investopedia – Taylor Schulte, CFP® named in Top 100 Financial Advisors

San Diego, June 6, 2018—Taylor Schulte, CFP® was named one of the top “100 Most Influential Advisors” in 2018 by the media giant, Investopedia. “The Investopedia 100 list celebrates financial advisors who have contributed significantly to conversations about financial literacy, investing strategies, life-stage planning and wealth management.” We were a little excited when we…
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