Laurie Itkin

CDFA, Series 65
Retirement, Investing, Lifestage Based Planning
“As a financial advisor, certified divorce financial analyst, author, and speaker, Laurie Itkin's specialties include wealth management, investment education, options strategies, and divorce financial analysis and planning.”

Coastwise Capital Group

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Financial Advisor


Laurie Itkin is a financial advisor and wealth manager at Coastwise Capital Group, an award-winning boutique money management firm in La Jolla, California, where she serves clients throughout the country. Through her separate company, The Options Lady, she serves as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and provides analysis of the financial and tax impacts of proposed settlement options being considered by divorcing couples.

Laurie is often quoted in the press and regularly appears as a personal finance and investment expert on television and radio. Her book, Every Woman Should Know Her Options: Invest Your Way to Financial Empowerment, became an Amazon best-seller in three categories. She has a talent for communicating arcane economic and investing subjects in language that everyone can understand and has a passion for educating and empowering women to become successful investors. Laurie volunteers as a pro-bono financial planner for the San Diego Financial Literacy Center and as a mentor to women launching new businesses through Hera Labs' business accelerator. 

Laurie received a B.S. in economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Laurie lives in San Diego and enjoys playing squash and pickleball and practicing yoga.


BS, Economics/Finance, University of Pennsylvania

Assets Under Management:

$54 million

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Nothing contained in this publication or any answer provided is intended to constitute legal, tax, securities or investment advice, nor an opinion regarding the appropriateness of any investment, nor a solicitation of any type. All information herein has been prepared solely for informational purposes, and it is not an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security investment or instrument or to participate in any particular trading strategy. Investment advisory services provided by Coastwise Capital Group, LLC, a California registered investment advisor. For more information visit

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