Our History and Culture

Chartered Financial Services, Ltd. was founded by R. John Badger, Jr. in 1982 to give thoughtful support and guidance to clients interested in achieving their financial goals. In the more than 35 years since, that objective hasn’t changed.

Based in West Des Moines, Iowa, we offer fee-based planning and asset management services to individuals and corporate clients. As the first fee-based financial planning practice in Iowa, we seek to become a person’s primary source for financial information by offering a comprehensive review of any financial situation. Our culture consistently promotes the values of integrity, experience, transparency, and collaboration. All of our actions, big and small, are made with these four values in mind.


What makes us different?

We are fiercely independent. As independent financial professionals, we are not employees of an investment or financial services firm. This means we have the freedom to provide objective advice and can focus on what is best for you and your financial goals.

We care. Your success matters to us, which is why we strive to go “above and beyond” in all of our actions. Our focus is on doing only what is in your best interest.

We listen. We get to know you on a personal level, uncovering your personal goals – what matters most to you. We believe no detail should be disregarded.

We deliver. We aim to provide the best customer service possible so that your needs can be met in an efficient and timely matter. If you have a request, we want to address it.