For our first ever Advisor Spotlight, we welcome Devon Klumb, Financial Planner at RhineVest, a fee-only financial planning firm based in Cincinnati.

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Advisor: Devon Klumb, CFP®, BFA™

Firm: RhineVest

Bio: Devon Klumb, CFP®, BFA™ is a Financial Planner at RhineVest, a fee-only financial planning firm based in Cincinnati. He started his career as a commodities trader and transitioned to financial advice and planning out of a commitment to help his family, and people like them, develop better financial habits.

Firm Bio: RhineVest was created to bring fee-only, fiduciary advice to the people who need it most. We’re the outcasts. We never fit in at the banks, the insurance companies, or other investment firms. We’re the ones who couldn’t ignore our conscience to sell lucrative financial products. All of us believe there’s a better way. That’s why we exist.


Why did you decide to become an advisor?

The short answer: It was kind of decided for me. I went to college for Industrial Engineering because I thought that earning an engineering degree would give me the ability to wiggle my way into any job I wanted. All I needed was an interview. Pretty arrogant, right? Totally, but, it worked. I took a job out of school trading commodities in Omaha, NE. No, Warren Buffett had nothing to do with me becoming an advisor (though, I did eat at the same McDonalds as him many times). In fact, I’m not sure that I would have found myself in this position had my wife not begged that we move back to Cincinnati.

Around this time, my dad convinced my wife and I to attend Dave Ramsey’s ‘Financial Peace University’ course. The classes were on Saturday mornings at 8am at a local church… for like 8 weeks straight. I still can’t believe we did that! Now, I love my parents, but their financial track-record wasn’t something you’d aspire to. And wouldn’t you know it, my wife and I were awful with our money, too. Only, I had no idea that was the case until we went through this course. The synopsis of our experience: our money was not going to places that reflected our values and an immediate change was necessary.

I essentially became obsessed with reversing the trend of poor financial habits in my own family, which led to a deeper obsession with helping others do the same. So, I did the only logical thing a commodities trader with an Engineering degree living in Omaha could do. I quit my job and moved back to Cincinnati to be a financial advisor. As I said, it was kind of decided for me.

What are some questions that you wish more clients would ask, and why?

“How can we get better at delaying gratification?”

This is by far the most obsolete principle in our consumer-centric society. Ironically, this is, in my opinion, the key to building wealth.

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make with their money?

Spend it on things that don’t actually make them happy. Or, save it for things that they don’t actually care about.

What’s the biggest money mistake you’ve ever made?

Oddly enough, the worst financial decision I’ve ever made resulted in the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. At 24, I decided to leave my high-paying commission job and start a fee-only financial planning firm with a friend. This was no bueno for the old savings account, especially as we would soon learn that my wife was pregnant with our son, Jack. BUT, what an incredible journey I’ve been afforded the opportunity to trek since making that decision. Should I have been more ‘financially stable’ before making the leap? Yes, absolutely. Would I do it again. Yes, absolutely.

What does your current technology stack look like?

You name it, we use it. Wealthbox, Zapier, Betterment for Advisors, Slack, Google (Drive, Mail, Calendar), RightCapital.

How is technology impacting the way you and your clients interact?

The use of technology allows us to serve smaller balance clients more effectively. It’s also allowing us to serve far more clients than we ever thought possible. Most importantly, technology is allowing us to spend more time with clients on issues that can’t be solved with algorithms and less time pushing paperwork.

Which do you prefer: Billions, Wolf of Wall Street, or The Big Short?

The Big Short

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Keep enough to cover education costs for our kids and give the rest away. Though, if we’re being totally honest, I’d probably use up a small chunk trying to find some way to play a round at Augusta National… just one.

What do you think is the biggest opportunity for advisors today?

I think the biggest opportunity today is authenticity. Investors have been burned over the years, badly. They are less inclined than previous generations to trust you just because you have some letters after your name. The BS detector is strong with this one (Yoda voice). If you’re here for the right reasons, your clients and prospects can tell. If you’re not, they will notice soon enough. Technical advice is becoming a commodity. Candor and behavioral accountability are among the greatest opportunities we have to impact the lives of our clients.

If you could only give one piece of financial advice, what would it be?

“Let’s admit it, we all got two wolves in us, a good one and a bad one, you know what I’m talking about — and they BOTH wanna eat… We just gotta feed that good wolf a little more than the other one.” – Matthew McConaughey

We all make mistakes. What separates those who succeed (financially or otherwise) from those who ultimately fail is the ability to acknowledge their OWN faults and make adjustments moving forward. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you struggle to break those habits, find someone who can help.

This article was published on February 20, 2019

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