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Judy McNary

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“Judy McNary is committed to helping families, individuals, and entrepreneurs achieve financial independence through comprehensive fee-only financial planning and investment management.”

Confluence Financial Advisors

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Founding Partner


Judy is a Certified Financial Planner and founding partner of Confluence Financial Advisors, a fee-only financial planning firm in Boulder, Colorado.

Judy transitioned to financial planning after a successful career in high technology where she co-founded two software companies. Highlights from this phase include being profiled by Entrepreneur Magazine’s ’40 Under 40’ recognition and earning a ‘Best of COMDEX’ award for innovation. After a poor experience with a financial advisor, Judy pursued financial planning with a desire to help others learn from her experience. Upon earning her master’s degree in Personal Financial Planning and completing additional training through the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners, Judy opened her own firm in 2007.  After almost ten years of serving individuals, families, and entrepreneurs, she and co-founder David Gardner merged their fee-only financial advisory firms to launch Confluence Financial Advisors in 2016.

Judy regularly contributes personal finance articles to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Investment News, and other publications. After a nationwide search, she was selected as one of seven financial coaches on “The Invested Life.” This first-of-its-kind online reality series produced by MSN Money featured real people facing today’s most common money concerns and their journey to take control of their finances. Judy remains active in the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners, the National Association for Personal Financial Advisors, and the Financial Planning Association.

Passionate about preparing the next generation, Judy has presented workshops to college organizations and recent graduates to equip them with the tools necessary for financial success. In 2013, Judy published Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates. This practical and witty guide provides millennials a humorous introduction to fundamental financial information. Additional information on Coin is available at www.CoinInTheBank.com.


Judy is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and volunteers for several professional and nonprofit organizations including the Leeds School of Business Professional Mentorship Program and the Downtown Aquarium Dive Team. Judy is a PADI scuba instructor and enjoys swimming, skiing, and traveling. Judy has been married to husband Scott for 36 years with whom she has a daughter and twin sons. 

Judy resides in Boulder County where she and the Confluence Financial Advisors team continue to build relationships with ongoing clients to help them achieve financial independence and realize personal goals and dreams.


· Certified Financial Planner

· Member of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners

· NAPFA-Registered Personal Financial Advisor

· Member of the Financial Planning Association

· Author of Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates


BA, Economics & Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder
MBA, Finance, University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business
MS, Personal Financial Planning, College for Financial Planning

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Interview a few advisors to find one you feel comfortable with and has the breadth and depth of expertise needed to help someone in your situation.  Don't rush the decision. Good luck!

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