My Personal Story:

I grew up in Maryland down the street from a farm that I worked on as a kid, for a farmer I loved like family. That farm is gone today. It’s a subdivision now. That’s progress, I suppose.

I’m also an Eagle Scout, which makes me a nerd probably. Either way, you’ll want me close when things don’t work, or if you need a fire or shelter made with practically nothing.

I traded catching summer fireflies as a kid in Maryland for a daily dose of sunny and 70 as an adult, making my home in Playa Del Rey, California.

My undergrad work was completed at Western State College of Colorado, graduating Magna Cum Laude in economics. Western lives at one of the highest elevations of any college in the world. So, technically, I guess I also received one of the highest educations in the world.

After college, I worked for Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and sales manager for almost a decade before trading my suit and ties for my sanity.

Most of my free time is invested in my family and friends, traveling, reading, advising, hiking and backpacking. I would say doing yoga every day too, but I’m honest.

My wife, Jodi Magaram Bell, is a lawyer, graduating from Stanford and Brown. She’s wicked smart. I’m the lucky one. Together, we shepherd four amazing human beings we call our children. Why four?… Because we do not want five. 😉 We’re good. All set.

My Professional Story:

Scott is the founder of Gross Domestic Product, Inc., a fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm located in Manhattan Beach, California serving business owners, retirees, and families.

He also serves as an adviser to PurpleBudget.com, a cashflow coaching service designed to help people build better money habits and save more money.

Scott is a speaker and writer on the topics of financial advice, the inner workings of retail advice, financial technology, and behavioral finance. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Barron’s, and Abnormal Returns.

I am available to comment on most topics for print, web, television and radio. If you’re in the neighborhood stop by and say hi. I’m a hugger – you’ve been warned.

Email: scottabell at gmail.com

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