Certified Financial Planner™
CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
Matt Bowden, a Canton native, joined RFC Financial Planners in 2017 because of the positive reputation that they have in the community and how the RFC team focuses on exceeding clients’ needs and upholding the highest standard of service. Matt is passionate about following a disciplined, rules-based approach for client’s personalized financial plans. He believes in a simple, repeatable process to help remove emotions from investing to organize, simplify, and plan for the financial success of our clients. His mission is to be a student of life and to educate others about the profound, positive impact that sound financial planning has on peoples’ lives and for their families.
Matt’s passion for helping others achieve financial health was lit during his elementary years, where he observed the challenges of how disabilities of loved ones can affect family and finances. This great challenge led to helping start a small business at the age of 8 with the rest of his family. Ultimately, this drove Matt to help people to the fullest and best of his abilities by adding value to a client’s overall financial picture to help them avoid the deep emotional scars that financial mismanagement can cause.
Matt majored in Business Management and went on to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration from Cleary University, graduating Cum Laude. His areas of knowledge include Portfolio Investment Management (with a focus on Values Based Investing), Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Tax Planning. Matt continues to expand his experience by being an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) where he serves on the Education and Pro Bono committees. Matt is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, a Registered Securities Representative, and Investment Advisor Representative who holds his Series 7 registration with Sigma Financial Corporation. He also holds his Life, Health and Annuity insurance licenses, as well as the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Charted Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations.
Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea, daughter Na Hee, son Thomas, and their two Brittany Spaniels, Charlie and Barkley. He is also an avid Detroit and Pittsburgh sports fan who loves to travel, use his smokehouse, and host gatherings for family and friends.
Outside of the office, Matt focuses on giving back to his community through serving at Therapeutic Riding Inc. where he can make a difference in the lives of those with disabilities to help improve their confidence and self-esteem in all areas of their lives.
GETTING TO KNOW MATT
Favorite Food: Thai
Best piece of financial advice: Whatever you do, trust in your plan and stay the course
Favorite quote: “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”
Something you may not know about Matt: He was part of 2 state championship bowling teams in high school and coached boys varsity basketball for 10 seasons at Livonia Franklin High School
Favorite Music: Oldies, R&B, Hip Hop
Favorite Movie: Tommy Boy
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Something on Matt’s bucket list: To travel the country with my wife and visit all the MLB ballparks