George Kinder: Humanizing Money Matters

Opiela, Nancy
June 1998
Journal of Financial Planning;Jun98, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p91
Academic Journal
This article profiles George D. Kinder, author, founder of George D. Kinder Financial Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts and co-founder of the Nazrudin Group. Kinder is bringing issues of human development around money to the forefront of the financial planning profession. The Nazrudin community began four years ago following a presentation exploring money and psychological issues that Kinder gave with Richard B. Wagner, a financial planner in Denver, Colorado, at the 1994 ICFP Retreat. As of June 1998, Kinder is one month away from completing a book, The Bell of Awakening: The Seven Stages of Money Maturity, to be published in early 1999 by Delacorte. Kinder said that in the book he identifies the different skill sets that people need to become more mature and more at ease in their money relationships. He looks at issues that have a spiritual aspect to them as well as a developmental or maturation aspect to them. Using the model of Dante's Inferno, Kinder labels the bottom two stages where people get stuck around money as innocence and pain. Kinder asserts that when these messages do not work, there is pain. The three middle stages of Kinder--knowledge, understanding and vigor--are where he sees the individual tapping into certain skills to become powerful in the world of money.


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