Joe Vogenthaler

Financial Advisor
Forum Financial Advisor Joseph Vogenthaler

Why I Became a Financial Advisor

After college, I spent 35 years in finance starting in banking and moving on to a broker-dealer and then as a trader in the trading pits of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The final 15 years were spent helping grow a successful startup electronic trading firm with my exit as COO of the company.  When our firm was sold, I knew I wanted to stay in finance but after being in a startup environment and creating cutting-edge technology I didn’t think I would find something that would whet my appetite outside of trading.

It was ultimately a casual conversation with a friend and former trader who happened to mention Forum, a company that embraced the same values and philosophies in finance that guided me through a long and successful career. Now I get to wake up every day and touch people’s lives in a way I never thought possible.


We build and execute a customized holistic plan and stay with you to adjust the plan as your life changes from today until the end of your retirement horizon.


We incorporate investment and tax strategies unique to your needs and risk tolerance including strategic Roth conversions, asset location tax strategies and pension and Social Security analysis.


Instead of being driven by Wall Street, our investment philosophy is backed by empirical data and by decades of academic research that incorporates Integrated asset allocation and diversification into your portfolio.

"The important thing about an investment philosophy is that you have one you can stick with."


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About Joe

Joe Vogenthaler joined Forum Financial Management in 2020. He currently serves as a Financial Advisor. Prior to joining Forum, Joe served in several different roles at Twitch, LLC including chief operations officer, director of trading operations and risk manager. He was also a financial analyst at Continental Bank. From these roles, he has cultivated extensive experience in managing both operational and portfolio risk.

Joe built the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated in financial services with the help of industry leaders who have mentored him throughout his 30-year career. His goal is to use that knowledge and experience to help individuals, families and business owners achieve their financial goals.

By developing strong relationships with clients, and using a holistic approach, Joe is able to carefully assess their financial needs to help them meet their objectives. It is important to Joe that clients truly understand their risk tolerance before they establish a solid foundational plan, so they can maintain and refine that plan as their financial goals change.

Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul University in Chicago.


Tell Us About Your Financial Life and Aspirations

Your experience begins with an initial meeting to identify your financial vision for the future and risk tolerance levels. We review our investment philosophy and approach with you so that you fully understand each milestone of our process and how our relationship will evolve over time.

Discuss Topics Crucial to Your Financial Success

Over the course of the next few meetings, the content and breadth of each meeting is defined by your personal needs. We can review your estate planning and risk management needs, discuss retirement accumulation or distribution planning, evaluate educational funding needs, review your tax situation, and go over any other items crucial to your financial success.

Develop a Strategic Plan Unique to You

Once you select an allocation, we put together a strategic implementation plan that will coordinate investment of your portfolio between qualified (tax-advantaged) assets and non-qualified assets in order to maximize tax efficiency. The topics we address during our time with you vary depending on your unique needs and situation.

Putting Your Plan Into Action

We establish your Forum account based on the portfolio allocation we discussed and what we learned about your risk tolerance and financial goals. With your new Forum account now in place, you will have the opportunity to access your Forum Client Portal for the first time and connect with members of the Forum Client Service team.

Review Goals and Plans When Your Life Changes

You will receive reporting that will clearly show your performance net of all fees and compared to applicable market indexes. Additionally your assets are held at a reputable third-party custodian that furnishes independent monthly reports so you can feel confident about the safe handling of your money.

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