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Christopher Walters is an Executive Director, Wealth Advisor and Portfolio Manager with J.P. Morgan Wealth Management.
Chris is the Co-Head of the Koch & Walters Group, and is responsible for managing the team and coordinating firm resources in servicing client needs. In 2021, he was recognized by Forbes as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor.1
As a member of the J.P. Morgan Wealth Management Portfolio Manager Program, Chris is one of a select group of advisors who undergo a screening process to manage discretionary client portfolios, and are subject to ongoing quantitative and qualitative reviews to assess each advisor’s investment strategy. He has also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF) designation, which demonstrates his knowledge of and ability to apply fiduciary best practices.
Chris works with clients, their families and heirs to translate sophisticated financial matters into understandable terms. Chris is client-driven and creates approaches based on the entirety of a client’s financial picture, listening intently to their priorities and working closely with their other trusted advisors such as CPAs and attorneys.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2015, Chris was a Relationship Manager at Credit Suisse Securities, responsible for business development, wealth planning and portfolio management. Previously he managed the investor relations effort at BGC Partners. He began his career at Bear Stearns as an investment banker.
Chris graduated with a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He earned an M.B.A. at Columbia Business School. Chris lives in Darien, Connecticut, with his wife, Courtney, their son and twin daughters. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Awards & Recognition
Best-In-State Wealth Advisors
America's Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors
2021 · 2019 · 2018
The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes or SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings.
SHOOK considered advisors born in 1982 or later with a minimum 4 years as an advisor. Advisors have: built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures: telephone and in-person interviews to measure best practices, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com.SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.
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