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Joel A. Estes, CFP®, CPFA®, NQPA™

Financial Strategist

With 16 years of financial planning experience, Joel Estes serves as a financial strategist in our Dayton, OH office. Joel enjoys building and managing client relationships, providing life planning advice, as well as helping clients reach their financial autonomy goals. He also serves as Coordinator of Retirement Plan Services for the firm, leads our Tax & Legacy Specialized Practice Group as its Specialist, and serves on the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee.

Licensing and Education

  • Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor®
  • Nonqualified Plan Advisor (NQPA™)
  • Series 7, Series 63
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Cedarville University

Accomplishments and Honors

Prior to joining McKinley Carter, Joel built and managed a book of business of individual clients and managed the corporate retirement plans division at his firm. From 2005-2009, he worked as an advisor for LifePlan Financial Group.

Community Involvement

In his free time, Joel enjoys tapping into his creative side -- writing and arranging music, leading music, playing trumpet, piano, pennywhistle, percussion instruments, and singing. His other hobbies include landscaping and interior/exterior design, distance running, walking, and all things basketball. Joel and his wife Leah reside in Beavercreek, OH with their four children. The family is very active with sports, music and church-related activities.

Joel’s Articles
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SECURE Act 2.0’s Enhancements for the Charitably Minded

Chatter abounds in the world of finance law since the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act 2.0 became law on December 29, 2022. Built upon the work that was started in the original SECURE Act of 2019, the sequel creates further enhancements that impact how individuals and families may prepare for the lives they envision in retirement, as well as how they navigate that dream once it is achieved.

Among the enhancements introduced in the bill are additional benefits for those retirees who are engaged in giving back to their communities through charitable gifts. Here are some new considerations that may help you increase the impact of your charitable donations.

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Rental Property: Investment or Job?

For individuals who have thought about getting into rental properties as an easy way to make cash while building assets for retirement, it will be important that you do your homework and set appropriate expectations of the venture. Learn more about calculating the returns on rental property.

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Making Lemonade from Lemons: How to Get Ahead with Capital Losses

We all invest money for one primary reason—to make money. No doubt, your financial plan outcome hinges on achieving some amount of return on your money you’ve accumulated. While the whole point of investing is to get a positive return on those resources over your holding period, your success does not rise nor fall on the consistency of price increases. Well-formed financial plans consider not only reasonably anticipated rates of return but also the variability of outcomes. In short, your financial plan should not experience shock from short-term fluctuations in the markets. Learn how to get ahead with capital losses.

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