Darren Straniero, CFP® OnPlane Financial Advisors

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About Darren Straniero, CFP®

My professional purpose changed when my wife and I were blessed to go from having 1 child to 5 children in just 2.5 years. That wasn’t built into our financial plan!

Today, I help parents and families make sense of and maximize their financial lives. What I’ve found is that even some of the smartest people make small, consistent mistakes with their finances. And over time, these mistakes – if left unchecked – can cost you thousands of dollars in excess taxes, fees, and opportunity cost.

By providing direction and accountability in my clients’ financial lives, I help them get the right answers to their questions before problems arise. In short, I manage the financial future for you, so you can spend more time today focusing on the other meaningful areas of your life.

I’m a Certified Financial Planner® professional who has spent the last 10+ years in the financial services industry. My practice revolves around three key phrases:

-Life is NOT a straight line (see above: 4 kids in 2.5 years!)
-Focus on factors YOU can control
-Do well. Be well. Financially

You’ll find me talking about these a bunch in my blog.

There’s more to life than work, though.

My wife, Jill, and I were married in 2008. We have five kids: Jackson, Thomas, Charley, AnnaMay (twin girls), and Sutton. We love watching our kids play sports and both Jill and I coach their teams – sometimes we even coach together! We also love to go the beach and we spend time in the summers in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

If I’m not managing the future for clients or with my amazing wife & five kids, you might find me coaching, cooking, golfing, or playing cribbage.

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Recently Published

15 Financial Literacy Tips For Kids

February 5, 2020

Yesterday I volunteered at Junior Achievement’s Finance Park (Montgomery County Campus). I wrote about my experience here and after some reflection, I decided it warranted an extra blog post. So if you're a parent and looking to bring financial literacy and open conversations into your family, keep reading below to learn 15 Financial Literacy Tips for kids of all ages. And be sure to read all the way to the end for a bonus tip.

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OPFA at JA Finance Park

February 5, 2020

Yesterday I spent four hours with a group of 7th graders from Takoma Park Middle School as part of Montgomery County's Public School's Financial Literacy program. I volunteered for the first time at Junior Achievement's Finance Park (Montgomery County campus) and let me tell you, it was REALLY cool.

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Can Fantasy Football Make You A Better Investor?

December 18, 2019

My wife and I play in a fantasy football league comprised of a handful of other couples in and around our neighborhood. This season something interesting happened. As the start of our season drew near, one of the couples in the league had to back out. With literally a couple of weeks left before the start of the season we were in a pinch as nine couples had to decide on one other couple to join the league. Dicey, at best.

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Ideal Clients

  • Equity Recipients (RS/RSU SOP ESPP)
  • Gen X
  • HENRY (High Earners, Not Rich Yet)
  • Parents

Ways Advisor Charges

  • Monthly Fee
  • Quarterly Fee
  • Flat Fee

Fee Options

  • Flat Fee, $5000/year

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