Modera Wealth Management
Modera Wealth Management

Laurie Kane Burkhardt, CFP®

Principal & Wealth Manager

Laurie Kane Burkhardt CFP®
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Laurie works with clients to formulate financial planning and investment strategies and monitor progress towards their goals. Laurie has significant experience helping clients to understand planning issues for professional women, same sex couples and elderly parents.

Professional Designations



Boston University Graduate School of Management, M.B.A.

Harvard University, B.A., Biology


Advisory Board of the Boston Chamber Women’s Network

Women’s Initiative Committee for the Boston Estate Planning Council

Read more about Laurie

What sparked your interest in financial planning?

I made a career switch into financial planning when I was in my late 40s to pursue a long-held desire to help people to navigate the complicated maze of personal finance.

Since the fee-only world is a sliver of the overall advisory industry, my journey to Modera took a few years.  Along the way, I became all too familiar with the sales practices employed by too many advisers who utilize financial planning as an opportunity to sell insurance and annuities that a client may or may not need.

What fuels you every day in your work?

I love that we deliver on our mission every day. I know that I make a difference in clients’ lives!

As manager of the Boston advisory team, I have the privilege of helping to shape the next generation of advisers to continue to do our good work long after I retire. In addition, their questioning provides a fresh perspective that keeps me on my toes.

What do you enjoy most about working at Modera?

Our collaborative, team approach. Many other workplaces are more competitive than team-oriented. Our laser focus on doing what’s best for our clients. And working for a firm that’s fee-only. There’s a stark difference compared to non-fee-only firms that focus on selling commission-based products that are not necessarily in the clients’ best interests.

When you retire you’re going to...?

First and foremost, I will spend more leisure time with my hubby who retired in October 2018.  Of course, it is going to be a while, since I love what I do.

Travel is in my plans too. We may rent an apartment in Paris and spend a month experiencing the culture. I’d love to go on an African safari to get up close and personal with exotic, wild animals (but at a safe distance and sleeping in a soft bed with access to running water).

I also plan to continue to practice financial planning in retirement. Some ideas I have for volunteer opportunities include financial coaching for young families or single and divorced mothers, and seeking out opportunities to increase financial literacy among teenagers and young adults.

Laurie’s Insights

Planning for Retirement

As financial planners we are often asked, “Will I be OK in retirement?” The checklist below illustrates different items to think about as retirement approaches, from ten years before to right after retirement begins. The earlier one starts planning for retirement, the more prepared one should be not only financially, but also emotionally.

Widowhood: How to Prepare and What to Do Next

The shock of losing a spouse is perhaps the toughest emotional adjustment for anyone in their lives. The financial decisions that follow the loss of your partner can also be immense and immediate. It is easy to become paralyzed and overwhelmed with what needs to be done, and when.

Why Diversify and Rebalance?

We recommend that one should strive to build a diversified portfolio of various assets whose returns don’t all tend to move in the same direction. If one asset class “zigs” while others “zag,” you can potentially offset some of the impact of the declining asset. This often conjures up the old saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

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