I am passionate about numbers.
Always have been, always will be.
As a financial planner, I believe in providing ethical, unbiased financial advice, and truly enjoy helping people make progress towards their financial goals. Read more about why I do what I do.
I am Linden Cornett, founder of Seagrass Financial. I graduated from Williams College in 1998 with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. I moved to Oregon soon afterwards to take an engineering position with Intel Corporation. My goal, since as early as I can remember, has always been Financial Independence, and so I started educating myself about investments and personal finance at a young age.
I was fortunate to have exposure to the Bogleheads discussion forum at the start of my investing journey. This group gave me an invaluable introduction to investing. Over the next 20 years, I continued to learn about personal finance and investing by reading dozens of books, hundreds of academic papers, and thousands of online articles and blog posts. Intel paid for me to attend an MBA program at Babson College from 2004-2006. The MBA gave me a solid grounding in entrepreneurship and other business skills.
In 2015, we were within a few years of reaching our financial goals, and I started to think about what I would like to do with the second half of my life. During the previous couple of years, I had occasionally been approached by friends and family members looking for help with their finances, and I found that I really enjoyed this kind of work. I decided that I wanted to help people reach their financial goals, but found that I didn’t like the way most of the industry delivered financial advice. With some guidance from Michael Kitces, I decided to open an independent advisory firm called Seagrass Financial, LLC. I also joined an amazing community of fee-only financial advisors. The mission of Seagrass Financial is to provide unbiased financial advice and portfolio management services at a fair price. (Scroll down for links to my podcast interviews, where I talk about my journey into the financial planning industry.)
Towards the end of 2021, Seagrass Financial reached capacity and I closed my business to new clients. In 2023, I "retired" from Intel, in part to be able to focus on my financial planning business and the families I serve. I'm considering taking on a limited number of new clients going forward.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband (Ben) and two kids (Ada and Jude). Outside of work, I love to read, swim, and practice yoga. I try to get out on the water as often as possible, either in a canoe, kayak, or standing on a paddleboard.
In this 2018 episode, I talk about how I balance my life - family, my business and part-time work at Intel. I also talk about the lessons I've learned while developing my practice.
HOW DID I GET HERE?
In 2016, I was interviewed by XY Planning Network to discuss my journey toward becoming a financial planner.
Have a listen!