About Camille Gaines, AFC

Camille Gaines provides financial coaching and develops training with a focus on the following areas:

  • Near and long term goals for a desired lifestyle
  • Preparing for retirement
  • “Extra” or retirement income from both alternative and traditional methods
  • Investment education

While Camille holds an AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) credential, her work is heavily influenced by her own trials and tribulations as an investor for over 40 years “in just about everything”, including stocks, bonds, funds (index, ETFs, mutual, hedge, institutional), real estate and even small business. Camille is able to provide a unique and unbiased voice that others seek since she does not sell wealth management services, although she personally hired and monitored several financial advisors before becoming a self-directed investor.

Her work emphasizes everyone must choose how to invest, and whether to self-invest or hire a financial advisor based on their own interests, skills, and assets, but always from a place of confidence and knowledge of the many options.

Camille’s Story

After saving and investing in stocks through her employer’s retirement plan, Camille bought her first home at age 25  which went on to become a long term rental property. Years later, she became the “family investor and CFO”  after finding she craved the mental stimulation provided in her previous accounting and commercial real estate careers following a bold move to Bermuda for her husband’s work.

Today Camille walks her talk by investing and managing a “slightly alternative” core portfolio in traditional stocks, bonds, and other defensive assets, along with rental properties, and online businesses. Through her work, she loves helping others move investing to the top of their priority list after they better understand how it can provide funds for life as well as fulfillment.

Camille lives in Austin with her family and their big white labrador retriever. She confesses addictions to artichokes, spirituality, porch swings, and, of course, analyzing investment strategies.

Certifications and Education:

Accredited Financial Counselor – Current since 2014 (Documentation below)

Bachelor Business Administration, Minor Accounting – University of Mississippi

RampCorp Entrepreneur Program for Women – Texas State University

Texas Real Estate Broker License (Currently Inactive)

 

Accredited Financial Counselor Camille Gaines