Kristina Caragiulo CFP®, CDFA®
What inspired you to choose wealth management as a career?
Going into my freshman year of college, my major was undeclared. I was leaning towards a finance degree, but once I found out about the Financial Planning profession and major, my mind was made up. I loved (and still do!) the idea of getting to use my strength in math and numbers and adding a “human touch”—working with individuals, families, etc.—to the traditional corporate finance job.
Why did you choose to be part of the BDF team?
BDF impressed me because I felt not only did they truly care about their clients, but they really care about their people too. BDF was referenced numerous times throughout my interviews as a “teaching hospital,” and a well-developed training program was important to me. I knew there were things I couldn’t learn in a classroom, and I liked that BDF was invested in my career growth.
What does “Helping people enjoy a full life” mean to you?
To me, it is all about providing people with peace of mind. I love being able to stand beside a client and assure them they are making sound financial decisions or being able to help clients find a solution in areas where maybe they are not making the greatest decisions! Our decision making and advice is unique to each client – every client envisions their “full life” differently, and we want their unique vision to drive everything we do for them.
Where can we find you when you’re not working?
The beach is my happy place, and I love to travel. But more commonly you can find me spending time with family and friends.
What defines your own personal “full life”?
In terms of my personal “full life,” it is all about having a work-life balance. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. But it is very important to me to be able to look back at my life one day and see that I did more than just work.
Kristina’s passion is building strong relationships. She enjoys providing clients with financial peace of mind and empowering them to make sound financial decisions and turn their goals into reality. She is an integral part of our Divorce Practice Group where she helps individuals going through divorce come out of the process on strong financial footing and ready for the next chapter of their lives. Kristina also has a specialization in marital planning, where she helps individuals explore their options when family gets complex. Kristina joined the BDF team in July of 2015. Prior to coming to BDF, she had been working in the fee only financial planning field for two years, where she gained insight and experience in a wealth of different client situations.
Kristina graduated from the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Consumer Economics with a concentration in Financial Planning. She is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® practitioner.