Brent Kessel

Brent Kessel, CFP, who was named one of the top wealth advisors in US, is cofounder of Abacus Wealth Partners. He has taught financial workshops in the US and Europe for over 12 years. He is the author of It's Not About the Money, one of Kiplinger's Top Five Business Books of the Year, and has appeared in the New York Times, Yoga Journal and on CBS and ABC News programs.

He lives with his family near Los Angeles, where he continues to deepen his decades-long yoga practice.

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Tami Simon speaks with Brent Kessel, a certified financial planner who is named one of the top wealth advisors in the United States. Along with his teaching partner, Spencer Sherman, he founded Abacus Wealth Partners. Brent’s knowledge in the financial field has warranted appearances in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, and on CBS and ABC News. He’s the author of It’s Not About the Money one of Kipplinger’s top five business books of the year. He is currently working in collaboration with Spencer Sherman and Sounds True on The Money and Spirit Workshop, an online workshop as well as a home study course. Brent speaks about the role of the unconscious mind when it comes to money, a system of archetypes he calls “The Eight Financial Archetypes.” (55 minutes)

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