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Philip Olson, CFP

Principal, The Art of Finance


Philip has called Austin home since 1997. After graduating UT Austin Fine Arts Dept, he spent several years as a ‘starving artist’ – waiting tables, parking cars, and making lattes. Eventually he became a theater instructor, where he fell in love with teaching and coaching young children.

Eventually he left the professional artistic world in 2011 when a recruiter for a financial services firm said “This industry needs more people like you – a people person”. He’s been in love with financial planning ever since. In 2015 he went on to pass the CFP™ Board Exam and launched The Art of Finance, a firm that exists to empower and guide the creatives and artists in Austin when it comes to their money.

Philip and Julia live in north Austin with their two rescue dogs, Basil and Jazz. When not working with their clients, they co-host and write episodes of “Two Cents,” a financial literacy program through PBS. They also have a particular passion for serving the foster-children community of Austin through Partnerships for Children and STARRY, a Round Rock-based foster support group.


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