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Welcome, I’m Tommy Pietsch, a financial planner in Shiner, Texas. We understand that individuals face unique challenges as they prepare for retirement. We can help take the mystery out of preparing for today and tomorrow. Whether you are investing for retirement, college savings or estate planning, our personalized service focuses your needs, wants, and financial goals and objectives.

Our professionals have years of experience in financial services, actually over 25 years. We can help you address your needs of today and for many years to come. We look forward to working with you through all stages of your life, please call (361) 594-2530.

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