Chip Stapleton Title: Financial Analyst Education: Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Location: Carmel, IN Expertise: Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Life Insurance, Investing, Technical Analysis Member of The Balance's Financial Review BoardHas worked eight years in finance, with the majority spent in financial planning and wealth managementHe has experience with case design, product knowledge, investment analysis, investment recommendation, portfolio construction, asset management, financial statement analysis, business planning, and business exit strategies Experience Chip Stapleton is a Series 7 and Series 66 license holder, passed the CFA Level 1 exam, is a CFA Level 2 candidate, and holds a life, accident, and health insurance license in Indiana.As a Financial Advisor, he built a practice helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals. Toward the end, he started focusing on helping business owners receive full value for their work upon exiting their business. He has also had the opportunity to train, develop, and support new advisors to build their own practices and help their clients achieve their goals. This included helping with case design, product knowledge, investment analysis, investment recommendation, portfolio construction, asset management, financial statement analysis, business planning, and business exit strategies.As he continued learning more about business strategies and analysis, he discovered that instead of helping several businesses at arms length, he could have a greater impact helping one company at a much deeper level. That led to his current transition as a Financial Analyst at Perkins & Co. In his role there, he analyzes, models, and projects personal and business financial statements with a focus on maximizing transferable value for companies while helping the owners exit and move on to what's next. "It's hard to steer if you aren't moving. If you feel static in your life, find a way to shake things up and get moving, this can allow you the momentum to continue down your path, or course correct if needed." Education Chip received his Bachelor's in Saxophone and Physics from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2008. During his time there, he honed his mathematical and analytical skills. He received his Master's in Music Technology from Indiana University Purdue University—Indianapolis in 2010, where he was a Graduate Assistant. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.