Mr. Watkins is a 1977 honors graduate of Georgia State University and a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School. He has earned both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and the ACCREDITED WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISORSM designation from the College of Financial Planning. In 2019 and 2020, he was named as a “Top 100 Financial Advisor” by Investopedia.com
Mr. Watkins is the Founder and CEO/Managing Member of InvestSense, LLC, an investment education firm that provides programs to individuals, pension plans, educational institutions and other groups on proven and effective wealth management strategies.
Mr. Watkins is also the owner of The Watkins Law Firm. He has been an attorney since 1981. His career also includes serving as a compliance official with several national brokerage firms and as the director of financial planning quality assurance for the advisory division of an international insurance corporation.
He has extensive experience in the areas of forensic investment analysis, fiduciary law, fiduciary oversight services, wealth management and preservation, and ERISA/RIA and securities compliance.
Mr. Watkins is the owner of two blogs. “CommonSense InvestSense” (http://investsense.com) provides useful information to individual investors and fiduciaries. Information on best practices for investment advisors and other professional fiduciaries is available at “The Prudent Investment Fiduciary Rules” (http://iainsight.wordpress.com).
He is the author of “CommonSense InvestSense: The Power of the Informed Investor,” and “The 401(k)/403(b) Investment Manual: What Plan Participants and Plan Sponsors REALLY Need to Know.” His work has appeared in and/or he has been quoted in publications and on sites such as the Washington Post, USAToday.com, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the “Bogleheads on Investing” podcast, the dailyposter.com, money.com, The Evidence Based Investor (tebi.com), MarketWatch, financialadvisor.com, financialplanning.com, institutionalinvestor.com, and citywire.com.