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Financial Planning for the Modern World

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Dear Reader & Avid Life Liver -

My name is Kyle, I’m a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and coach, and I'm passionate about partnering with individuals and couples who want to create a meaningful connection between their money and their life.

Enter Goulard Financial Planning, where we are ethically and legally bound as a fiduciary and provide advice and service for a straight forward fee. 

No commissions. No third party compensation arrangements. Just great advice.

Continue scrolling to get a sense of why I'm not your typical financial advisor.

Onward and Upward,

Kyle Goulard, CFP®

Founder and Director of Happiness

Getting Started

Step 1 - Get Acquainted (Approx. 30 minutes)

Hi! Let's get acquainted over a 30 minute video call and your beverage of choice.

What is top of mind for you at the moment? What do you hope to accomplish by partnering with an advisor? It’s important to me that we find you the best match for your unique financial life. If we’re not a good fit, I will gladly introduce you to the right expert for your unique needs.

Let's grab a 30 minute virtual coffee (or happy hour).

Step 2 - Explore (Approx. 1 hour)

It's important that I demonstrate how I may add value to your life before you pay me a single dollar in fees.

Through the use of a values-based approach, I will be creating a firm understanding of your financial life and identify the ways in which I can provide the most value to you.

During this meeting, we will:
  • Have your most pressing financial questions addressed.
  • Identify any ‘blind spots’ in your financial life.
  • Share a glimpse into how our client-advisor partnership would look.
At the end of this meeting, I will ask if you would like to begin working together or if you would like to think about it.

Step 3 -Think About It

I’m looking for long-term client relationships, not a quick transaction.

It’s important that you take as much time as needed to make a decision. To help you make a smart decision, answer these questions:

  • Do I like, trust, and respect Goulard Financial Planning?
  • Do the benefits outweigh the cost? 
  • Do I understand and agree with the investment approach? 
  • Do the financial planning recommendations make sense?
I will follow-up within a few days to determine how you would like to move forward. If you decide that we aren’t a good fit to work together, I won’t take it personally. In fact, I will wish you the best and help you find someone who might be a better fit. There is never a hard-sell or pressure to say yes.

 Step 4 -Engage

Let the magic begin!

I am truly honored to be working with you. Before the fun begins, we will regroup (via video call or in-person) to answer any outstanding questions and set expectations for the new client process.

Let's grab a 30 minute virtual coffee (or happy hour).

Topics covered may include, but are not limited to:

Cash Management Planning

How can I create a cash flow plan that allows me to enjoy life now while still working towards my vision and goals?

Examples of Topics to Discuss

• How do you define quality of life?
• What activities and endeavors do you enjoy?
• Are there purchases or events you’d like to plan for (e.g. travel, new car)?
• Are there adjustments you’d like to make that would allow you to focus more on work or other pursuits that would provide meaning and purpose?

Example of Services I Provide

• Get all of your finances organized into a centrally located online money management system.
• Analyze and provide projections of future income needs.
• Proactively plan financially for transitions.
• Establish appropriate emergency fund.

Student Loan & Debt Management

How do I setup a strategy to pay down and eliminate my debt in the most effective way possible?

Example of Topics to Discuss

• Does Student Loan Forgiveness make sense for your situation?
• Which credit card programs fit your spending habits and lifestyle?
• How do you prioritize which debts to pay off first?
• Should you be paying off your debt first or saving and investing?

Example of Services I Provide

• Determine debt management strategies.
• Thorough analysis of student loan picture and elimination strategies.
• Incorporate life goals and milestones into long term debt management plan.
• Credit card review and recommendations.


How can I use investment strategies to provide me with the financial resources I need before retirement to
reach my life goals?

Examples of Topics to Discuss

• Are there large purchases or financial goals that need to be funded?
• Would you like to explore options for funding educational endeavors?
• Are you interested in using some of your assets to support organizations or causes you care about?
• Are there goals you would like to assist loved ones in reaching?

Example of Services I Provide

• Evaluate risk tolerance.
• Analyze best investments options given funding goals and time horizon.
• Test asset allocation against historical market conditions.
• Evaluate costs, tax efficiency, and income potential of investment options.

Retirement Planning

How can I build a foundation for independence and freedom to enjoy life as I get older?

Examples of Topics to Discuss

• What does an ideal life look like for you in retirement?
• What activities and endeavors would you enjoy in this time of your life?
• Are there particular aspirations you would like to pursue?
• What would be your ideal living and caregiving situation as you age?

Example of Services I Provide

• Calculate retirement needs given desired age of retirement, lifestyle spending needs, and other goals.
• Analyze retirement income sources including social security benefits, IRA strategies, 401(k)/403(b)/457 benefit plans, pensions, annuities, and other resources.
• Create distribution strategy that takes into consideration tax and penalties on withdrawals.

Estate Planning

How can I communicate my wishes and provide peace of mind to my family if I become incapacitated or after I have died?

Examples of Topics to Discuss

• How can we make sure your loved ones receive the personal possessions that you wish for them to have?
• What wishes would you like to communicate for your medical assistance when you are unable to make decisions for yourself?
• How would you like your wealth to be distributed?
• Do you have particular wishes for the way your distributed wealth will be used?

Example of Services I Provide

• Assist you in working with a lawyer to make sure the necessary documents are in place to ensure your wishes and desires are carried out, including:
     • Creation of a will
     • Identify powers of attorney
     • Establish trusts
     • Assign beneficiaries
     • Complete necessary medical forms for communicating wishes.

Tax Planning

How do I take advantage of tax savings opportunities available to me? 

• How can you maximize your retirement contributions to work towards your retirement goals while also reducing tax liability?
• What tax credits are available to you?
• Can income and investments be arranged to help you remain in a lower tax bracket?

Example of Services I Provide

• Monitor capital gains & losses.
• Analyze tax advantages available for charitable and retirement contributions.
• Analyze standardized and itemized deduction options.
• Provide strategy for social security and retirement plan distributions to avoid penalties and taxes.

Fee Only and Fiduciary? What does it mean and why is it important to me?

To be "Fee Only", an advisor's compensation must come exclusively from their respective client in the form of an agreed upon fee such as a flat dollar amount or a percentage of assets. By removing other incentives, like commissions or 3rd party compensation agreements, our clients receive unbiased, conflict-free advice.

Goulard Financial Planning LLC is a Registered Investment Advisor and Kyle Goulard is a Certified Financial Planner™. At both levels, we are ethically and legally bound to act as a Fiduciary. Kyle has also taken the Fiduciary Oath required of all XY Planning Network members.

I'm not an early to mid-career physician. Can we still work together?

Yes! While my services are designed with the early to mid-career physician in mind, many individuals are faced with similar financial challenges and seek a professional who they trust and can partner with. Grab a spot on my calendar for a complimentary 'Get Acquainted' meeting to answer your most pressing questions and to receive an initial assessment. If I can't be of best service to you going forward, then I will happily refer you to find a fee only, fiduciary advisor who can!

I don't live in Portland, how do I work with you?

We are physically based in Portland, OR - but we’re a virtual practice. This means that we leverage technology to make our work together convenient and effective - from video conferencing to 24/7 secure access to your financial plan and accounts - we are designed to simplify your financial life, not complicate it. If you happen to be in beautiful Portland, we would love to meet you in-person!

What is your investment approach if I choose to take advantage of your investment management services?

We invest with medium to long-term goals in mind. We believe in keeping investment costs low, whether we’re using index funds or other low cost investment solutions. We also believe that our clients may want to align their investments with their values through the use of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) funds.

We won't be a good fit if you are someone who believes they can beat the market or wants to talk about daily stock returns.

Do I need to have a lot of money to work with a financial planner?

No you don't! We believe that financial advice should be available to all ages, regardless of the size of your investment accounts or stage of your life.

Will you work with my other professionals like my CPA and attorney?

Of course. We welcome the opportunity to work with your trusted professionals to help you implement the recommendations identified during our planning process.

If other professionals are required to accomplish your goals and you don't have an established relationship, we will happily introduce you to a trusted individual in our network.

Services & Fees

No products. No commissions. No hidden tricks.

Just great advice.

Retirement Planning Services

You've worked hard and spent your career supporting you and your family. You've saved for your retirement diligently. Now you're on the home stretch and you're faced with questions that you haven't discussed openly before:

  • What does an ideal life look like for you and your partner/spouse in retirement? How is that different from your life now?
  • What activities and endeavors would you enjoy in this time of your life? Are there particular aspirations you would like to pursue?
  • What would be your ideal living and caregiving situation as you age?

Welcome to Goulard Financial Planning, where you will partner with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ to address these questions and more.

✔️ Tax-Efficiency Planning
✔️ Social Security Timing and Optimization
✔️ Investment Management
✔️ Financial Planning
✔️ Estate Planning
✔️ Retirement Income

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Investment Management is a complimentary service for clients engaged in Retirement Planning. If setting up retirement or investment accounts is one of our recommendations, you may do so with us at no additional advisory fee.

If other professionals (attorneys, CPAs, insurance, etc.) are required to accomplish your goals, we will happily introduce you to a trusted individual in our network. If you have an existing relationship, we will work with them to implement our recommendations.

Learn about the 'Getting Started' process.

Schedule a 30 minute virtual coffee (or happy hour).

Quickstart Project Planning

Designed for those who want to gain clarity around a few pressing financial questions. Select any number of questions from the following list of topics or come with your unique situation in hand.

One Project Package
  • One 60-90 minute virtual meeting to address your pressing financial need.
  • Call recording and email follow up.
  • Meeting and implementation typically span 3-5 weeks.


Two Project Package
  • Two 60-90 minute virtual meetings to address your pressing financial needs.
  • Call recording and email follow up.
  • Meeting and implementation typically span 2-3 months.


Three Project Package
  • Three 60-90 minute virtual meetings to address your pressing financial needs.
  • Call recording and email follow up.
  • Meeting and implementation typically span 3-5 months.


Quickstart Project Planning includes a complimentary 30 minute 'Get Acquainted' conversation followed by a 60 minute 'Explore' consultation to properly understand your situation. A firm project quote and scope of work will be provided upon completion of these first two steps.

Investment Management

We believe in the passive investment management philosophy. This means that low cost mutual funds, including index funds, are used for most of our investing needs. 

We also believe that Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investment strategies should be available for those who wish to align their investments with their core values and beliefs.

Investment Management Fees

For clients who are engaged in Financial Life Planning or Retirement Planning services, Investment Management services are included at no additional advisory fees. 

For clients who only wish to engage in Investment Management Services, we charge 75 basis points (0.75%).

Speaking Engagements

I have experience connecting and engaging with employee groups, both large (100+) and small (less than 10), on a number of financial topics including:

  • 401(k), 403(b), & 457 Enrollment and Benefits Optimization
  • Budgeting and Cash Flow Management
  • Debt Management and Credit Score Education
  • High Level Investment Education
  • Retirement Planning Considerations
  • Roth vs. Traditional Retirement Accounts

Please contact me for availability and pricing for your event and needs.

Professional Guidance

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Kyle Goulard, CFP®


If you are like most people, it's hard to find time in your busy day-to-day life to sit down with your loved ones to discuss priorities and make decisions about your life and finances. That's why when I launched Goulard Financial Planning in 2019, I did it to serve my clients not only as a financial advisor, but as as a thought partner, guide, and educator.

I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional in my 30s, which has provided me a larger toolbox for addressing unique financial challenges often faced by individuals and families. I’m a proud member of XY Planning Network, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and the Money Quotient community, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on the belief that a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to financial education and planning will engage individuals and inspire them to maximize their resources and live purposeful lives.

I serve my clients in a fiduciary capacity, which means I am ethically and legally obligated to put your interests ahead of mine. Here's my oath to prove it.

In my free time, I love skiing on Mt. Hood, taking a couple minutes to dream up my next adventure with a Scott's Cheap Flights email, and hitting the open road with the latest Above & Beyond podcast. You may also find me scouting the wonderful city of Portland in search of the best buttery, flaky croissant.

At Goulard Financial Planning, we believe the investment process and your portfolio should be connected to and driven by the personal goals and values of your financial plan. It should be sophisticated, yet not complicated. We also believe in the power of expertise and providing our clients access to some of the best investment minds in the business. To that point, we have partnered with XY Investment Solutions, LLC (“XYIS”) and gained access to their Investment Committee to construct and continuously review our portfolios. 

XY Investment Solutions is exclusively designed to serve the members of XY Planning Network (“XYPN”) and is focused on delivering investment solutions for the modern advisor and client. They believe in the tenants of asset allocation and diversification, low cost, tax efficiency, and discipline. They take a globalview and believe in covering both the size and style spectrum with emphasis on value. 

XYIS is a subsidiary of XYPN and custodies all assets at TD Ameritrade Institutional, an independent and unaffiliated custodial broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC. The Investment Committee boasts over 50 years of combined experience and includes industry luminary and XYPN Co-Founder Michael Kitces, XYPN Co-Founder Alan Moore, XYIS Director Brandon Moss and Mario Nardone, CFA who leads the Investment Committee.

*Please note Mario Nardone is not an employee or Investment Adviser Representative of either XYIS or Goulard Financial Planning, and provides his services on an independent basis through his own registered investment adviser, East Bay Financial Services. 

XYIS is an independent registered investment adviser, and is unaffiliated with Goulard Financial Planning. The name “XY Investment Solutions”, its logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans are trademarks of XYIS or its affiliates or licensors. 

Nothing presented on or through this website regarding XYIS, its Investment Committee, or any of its investment solutions (“XYIS Content”) is intended to be personalized investment, tax, legal, accounting, or any other professional advice. To the extent this website includes XYIS Content related to investment, tax, legal, or accounting matters, such content is expressly for general information purposes and should not be relied upon for any decision-making. Investment, tax, legal, accounting and other professional advice is specific to each individual and entity, and you should consult with a professional advisor to receive personalized advice. Such XYIS Content is made available solely for general information purposes, and XYIS does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of this content.

Nothing contained on this website regarding XYIS Content should be construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or other financial product or investment strategy. To the extent any security or other financial product or investment strategy is referenced or discussed on this website in conjunction with XYIS, you should understand that past performance is no guarantee of future returns and that investing in any security or other financial product or investment strategy can result in the partial or complete loss of principal. Investing involves risk that you as an investor should be prepared to bear. 

Any content on this website regarding XYIS Content is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied. XYIS disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, including but not limited to any warranties of merchantability, non-infringement and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will XYIS, its affiliates or their licensors, employees, agents, officers or directors be liable for damages of any kind, under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with any XYIS Content, including any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages.

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Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP® , CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL

Co-Founder, Investment Committee
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Michael is a co-founder of XYPN, the practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View.

Michael is an active writer and editor across the industry and has been featured in publications including Financial Planning, the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Retirement Planning, as well as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC PowerLunch, NBC Nightly News, and more.

Michael is one of the 2010 recipients of the Financial Planning Association’s “Heart of Financial Planning” awards for his dedication to advancing the financial planning profession.

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Alan Moore, CFP®

Co-Founder, Investment Committee
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Alan is the co-founder of XYPN, a support network for advisors looking to serve next-generation clients. He is also the CEO of AdvicePay, the first and only compliant payment processor for financial advisors. He is passionate about helping financial planners start and grow their own fee-only firms to serve Gen X & Gen Y clients largely ignored by traditional firms. Alan has been recognized by Investment News as a top “40 Under 40″ in financial planning, by Wealth Management as one of “The 10 to Watch in 2015″, and was the first recipient of the NAPFA Young Professional award in 2015. Alan frequently speaks on topics related to technology, marketing, and business coaching, and has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The New York Times. He is also the host of XYPN Radio, one of the largest podcasts for independent financial advisors. He currently lives in Bozeman, MT so that he can hit the slopes on powder days.

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Brandon Moss, CFP®

Director of XYIS
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A creative innovator and collaborator, Brandon Moss has had a front-row seat to the digital advice revolution, helping build one of the most innovative national RIAs on the planet. He’s acquired a 360* view of the RIA landscape, from being an advisor and running his own firm to designing and integrating some of the most innovative tools in the industry. He has lead, trained, coached, onboarded, integrated, transitioned, (you name it) over 100 RIA firms/wealth management teams. Additionally, he's evaluated and consulted countless other firms. Consequently, he's an exceptional listener and comfortable in many different conversations! Occasionally, he's asked to opine on varying topics, typically Gen X+Y, innovation, client experience and technology. Beyond those topics, he's typically “winging it”.

Brandon graduated from Texas Tech University's globally recognized personal financial planning program, then made it through some Executive Education at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He’s also perpetually in online classes trying to figure out something new. Brandon resides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with his wife, Shelby, and his identical, mirror-image twin boys, Will and Reese. When he's not with them, he's probably in his garage tinkering, building, or buying way too much golf equipment.

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Mario Nardone*, CFA

Chief Investment Strategist, Head of Investment Committee
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Mario’s investment career began with ten years at Vanguard, consulting institutions and financial advisors on investment policy, portfolio construction, Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), and trading strategies as a member of Vanguard’s Fiduciary Services and ETF Product Management units. Through a relationship with his firm, East Bay Financial Services, Mario leads the XYIS Investment Committee and provides day-to-day investment support to advisors on the XYIS platform. East Bay Financial Services provides investment management and consulting services for financial planners, nonprofits, and individuals around the world.

A CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charterholder since 2003, Mario is Past President of CFA Society South Carolina and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Financial Planning Association. His approach to investments and the industry has been featured in Investment News, NAPFA Advisor Magazine, Charleston Regional Business Journal, The Post & Courier, and The Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

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Carrie Frye

Director of Operations
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Carrie Frye joined the XYPN team in February of 2017 after spending over five years working as Vice President of Operations for a boutique financial planning and wealth management firm in San Diego, CA. She makes good use of this experience in her role as Platform Manager for XYIS.

Carrie is dedicated to providing an exceptional solution for advisors. Instrumental in the launch of the XYIS platform, she knows the ins and outs like no other. From the time she walks advisors through the onboarding process, it’s clear she understands the unique challenges they face in financial planning.

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Connor Cavigli

Client Service Manager
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Connor leads the charge to provide exceptional service to our clients. He earned a degree in finance from Washington State University before working for a non-profit organization in Seattle. A Montana native, he relocated to Bozeman in pursuit of less traffic and more open space. Before joining Team XYIS, he worked as an accountant and in client experience for a local tech company. He now brings his customer-first philosophy to XYIS, ensuring every user has the best experience possible.

When he’s not helping our clients, he’s outside with his wife, son, and dog exploring the mountains of Montana or fly fishing his way through any river he can find.


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