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Of Independent Means

Welcome to Of Independent Means, written by Cathy Curtis, CFP®.

Cathy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, InvestmentNews, Money Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine, has appeared on ABC, KTVU and KGO, and is a regular contributor to AOL’s DailyFinance business and financial news section. 

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Cathy Curtis, CFP

Our goal is to provide relatable and actionable advice for independent women who want to improve their life and finances.

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Our goal is to be your fiduciary financial partner so that you can focus on the rest of your life. If you’re ready to delegate the details of your financial life to an expert, get started today by scheduling an introductory call with Cathy. 

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