About Us


To empower the “mass exodus” from the tyranny of Wall Street and the Financial Services Industry.



The Self Empowered Investor seeks to educate, inspire, and empower investors to take control of their financial futures. This is achieved through two simple and fundamental objectives:

1. Teaching you, the investor, to become your own most trusted financial advisor
2. Ensuring your money is working in your best interest and building wealth for YOU (not for an advisor and the industry)



  • Commitment to the principles of simplicity, integrity, efficiency, and excellence
  • Promoting positive change regardless of market conditions
  • Creating long-term client relationships and providing valuable content to each investor on a consistent basis
  • Giving back to the community through various volunteering efforts



Tim Butt

Tim Butt began his professional career at IBM in 1981 and decided to join the ranks of self-employment in 1993 to test his entrepreneurial spirit. Utilizing his enthusiasm and dedication, he was able to successfully serve his clientele over the next 14 years. In 2007, after many years discussing the downfalls of the financial services industry with a friend, Tim decided to take on a new challenge. He wanted to see first-hand how this industry operated and after working for a major Broker/Dealer, he went on to start his own Registered Investment Advisory firm. This experience within the industry helped Tim clearly recognize whose interests were truly being served (Newsflash: It’s not the investor).

In January of 2010, Tim set out to pursue his passion of serving others and set his sights on the “masses of investors” that were being taken advantage of by the industry. He decided to team up with his son and co-founder, Steve, and The Self Empowered Investor began its journey.

He currently serves as CEO and oversees global marketing.

Steve Butt

Steve Butt graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Dayton in December of 2008. After his graduation he went on to work for a Financial Advisory firm in Xenia, Ohio. After working there for one year, he also sought out a way to reach EVERY investor (regardless of age, investment experience, or wealth level). So in early 2010, he and Tim decided to join together and formulate a business model to begin The Self Empowered Investor.

He currently oversees the day-to-day operations and management of The Self Empowered Investor.



The Self Empowered Investor’s vision is to help every investor escape the tyranny of the financial services industry. Seeing first-hand how “Wall Street hype” and the industry’s greed were taking advantage of every investor, we decided to pursue a solution to this epidemic.

We searched for a way to inform, educate, inspire, and EMPOWER people to become their own most trusted financial advisor. With “empower” being the key word, the vision for The Self Empowered Investor evolved. Founded on a philosophy of knowledge enrichment, truth, and inspiration, this business would allow us the opportunity to reach the “masses” providing solutions for each and every investor: Solutions where you the investor have control over your investments and are funding your own financial future…NOT the industry’s.

We concluded that FEES are the critical factor to an investor’s financial success. Most, if not all, investors are uninformed as to the TOTAL fees they are paying and how those fees adversely impact their return potential. Bottom line, the industry thrives off the excessively high fees that they charge to every investor, and provide them with little or no value in return.

As we stated earlier, the staff at The Self Empowered Investor is committed to two foundational principles;

1. Teaching each individual investor to become their own most trusted financial advisor
2. Ensuring your money is working in your best interest and building wealth for YOU

We encourage you to connect with The S.E.I. Community to receive informational emails, notifications of new podcast/video postings, invitations to webinars, and so much more! We’d love to hear your feedback and learn what might be holding you back or how we can better serve you in becoming a Self Empowered Investor. If you are ready to take control of your investment future, and are willing to invest a small amount of your time, check out our Products/Services page and begin your journey today!

Wishing you all the best in your investment endeavors,

Tim Butt
Steve Butt

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