Don Wilson, CFA, CFP®

Partner | Chief Investment Officer

Investment Management

Don combines his passion for investing, intellectual curiosity and analytical framework to build investment strategies to help our clients grow and preserve their wealth.

Don is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer at Brightworth. His primary roles are developing the overall investment strategy for client portfolios, leading the investment research and portfolio management team and chairing the Investment Committee. Don joined Brightworth in 1998. Prior to his current role, he served as Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director of Portfolio Management for the firm.

Don is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Charterholder and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering.

Don is a member of the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals and the fee-only National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).  Don serves on the Zoo Atlanta Leadership Council and the East Atlanta Young Life Committee. 

Don has been quoted and/or featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron's, The Financial Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, The Atlanta Business ChronicleCFA Institute Magazine, Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Planning and Kiplinger's Retirement Report.  He has written numerous investment articles and has spoken at investment conferences and industry groups including the Alpha Group, the Private Wealth Southeast Forum, the Innovative Alternative Strategies Conference and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.  Don has also appeared on Fox 5 News Atlanta.

Don and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and are members of Intown Community Church. He enjoys travel, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Authored Content

Financial Market Update: June 2020

Volatility is back!  Last week the stock market suffered one of its worst declines in months leaving many investors questioning if the rally from the March lows has come to an end.  Prior to this sharp drop stocks had been consistently marching higher and higher leaving many investors perplexed as to why.  After all, consumer confidence remains low, corporate earnings are projected to collapse 30% or more in 2020, and unemployment is over 13%.  Couple this with an escalation of geopolitical pressures abroad and racial tensions here at home and you seemingly have a perfect storm for financial market Armageddon.

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Financial Market Update: May 2020

Last month stocks delivered their best monthly return since 1987 with the S&P 500 rising 13%.  Stocks have built on these gains marginally in May, pushing the index up 34% from its March low and down less than 9% for the year.  Keep in mind this comes on the heels of a 31.5% return in 2019.

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Brightworth Investment Commentary: First Quarter 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything seen in our lifetimes.  The virus has affected everyone and until we can gain control over its spread, life won’t return to “normal”.  While it is difficult to determine when medical science will produce effective treatments and a vaccine, we are confident they will.

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