Strategic Wealth Partners was acquired by Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC ("Kovitz"), a registered investment adviser with the SEC on May 1, 2024. Strategic Wealth Partners is now a division of Kovitz and its registered investment adviser. Materials created prior to this date were created by Strategic Wealth Partners and are accurate as of the time of publishing.


Meet your financial specialists.

Kristopher Gutowski

Wealth Advisor

Kristopher realized early on in his career that his most humbling and impactful role was that of a financial confidant and friend to the families that he serves. Using a consultative, comprehensive approach, Kristopher helps families identify their goals and implements strategies along their journey.

Prior to joining Strategic Wealth Partners, Kristopher was a wealth management associate at a major broker-dealer in Michigan, helping clients of all backgrounds navigate the complex financial world. He is excited to bring this experience to SWP and deliver clients a truly independent, objective advisory experience with confidence to have him as their financial advocate working in their best interests.

A recent transplant to Chicago, Kristopher is no stranger to Lake Michigan. After growing up on the lakeshore in West Michigan, Kristopher earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Kristopher loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, and indulging his endless curiosity: he welcomes your suggestions of things to read, watch, try, and explore.


Bachelor’s degrees in Economics, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Office Location

Deerfield, IL


Financial Planning
How Do I Help Manage Someone Else’s Financial Affairs? Some Considerations For Powers of Attorney
In addition to the needs and demands of their personal financial affairs, many people accept the responsibility of managing financial affairs on behalf of a loved one. The situation may arise either as the result of a sudden incapacity, like a car accident, or as a part of a long-term transition plan as we age, like a progressing illness such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. You may be very experienced in managing your own money, but the person you are helping could be in a different part of their financial life, have different financial complexities, or have different goals and objectives. You want to be comfortable that you have the knowledge and experience necessary to be an effective fiduciary. In this article, I will share some steps that we take with clients to help prepare them to make financial decisions for their loved ones as their power of attorney.
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Is It Still A Good Time For You To Invest?
People often ask me, “is now the right time to get into the market?” If I had a crystal ball that told me when to buy and when to sell, I probably would not be writing this piece! With the highest inflation numbers since the 1980s, concerns about an economy potentially in recession, and the most prolonged downturn in stocks since the Great Financial Crisis, there is no question that investors have been challenged this year. The good news is that there are always opportunities for long-term investors with the right plan. Whether you are an experienced investor, have recently come into cash, or are new to the financial markets, below I discuss some things to consider when asking if now is the right time to invest.
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