EP 022 Interview: Chris Stallings, Financial Wealth Advisor- Abundance, LLC7 min read

Chris Stallings. Abundance, LLC

Chris Stallings, Wealth Advisor at Abundance, LLC. Securities are offered through Kestra Investment Services, LLC. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Kestra Advisory Services, LLC.

In this episode we discuss with Chris:

  • 911 Story
  • Being a wealth advisor in a crisis
  • How to start investing
  • Investing when you don’t like numbers
  • Role of a Financial Wealth Advisor
  • Dangers of Investing & Gamification of Trading Platforms
  • The vision of the future

Links to topics/articles discussed:

Conspiracy Theories that were True

Monday Facebook Live Show with David Pavlik

About Chris Stallings

Chris Stallings has been a wealth advisor for 20 years. He graduated from a top business school in 2000 with a degree in finance. Soon after, he began his advanced training with Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. Chris co-founded his first wealth management firm in 2003. Five years later, he started his current firm, Abundance. Chris, his wife Melissa, and their two daughters live outside of Atlanta. Chris is devoted to helping people build the legacy they’ve always dreamed about.


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Chris Stallings is a financial advisor with Abundance, LLC and for more information the web address is Securities offered through Kestra Investment Services, LLC. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Kestra Advisory Services, LLC.

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