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James Karthaus

James Karthaus


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Assistant Professor of Financial Planning

CFP® Certification Education and ChFC® Programs

Areas of Expertise:

Estate Planning, Retirement Planning

MA in American Foreign Affairs, Villanova University
BA in Political Science, SUNY Geneseo
ASO, United States Naval Postgrad School


James Karthaus is an Assistant Professor of Financial Planning with the CFP® Certification Education, CLU®  and ChFC® programs at The American College of Financial Services. As Managing Principal of Nautic Financial Group, Karthaus has been offering his clients investment and insurance advice for over 22 years. His professional licenses include Series 26, 7, 6, 65, and 63 through LPL Financial and Series 65 through Great Valley Advisor Group, as well as life, accident and health, and property and casualty insurance certifications. He is a certified CFP® professional.

Prior to entering financial services, Karthaus spent 23 years in Active and Reserve Marine Corps Aviation and retired in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel. As a Marine officer, he was schooled in and operated under a culture of integrity, professionalism, and attention to detail, all traits that have served him well in financial services. Karthaus was a Tuition Scholar at Villanova University, where he received his Master’s Degree in History with a specialty in American Foreign Affairs.

Karthaus attended Naval Aviation Flight Training in Pensacola, graduating with honors on the Commodore’s List for Exceptional Performance (top 1% of all Naval Aviators). He received a Regent’sScholarship to SUNY College at Geneseo and graduated with a BA in Political Science.


HS 330 Fundamentals of Estate Planning

HS 326 Planning for Retirement Needs