About Craig James Financial:
Your Financial Services Professional in Long Island

Your Vision is our Mission

Retirement Planning in Melville NYAs an independent financial services firm, Craig James Financial Services will never pressure you to acquire proprietary products or take unnecessary financial risks. We offer a variety of investment choices, products and services from a wide range of providers. We help you develop strategies and choose financial products and services that will help enable you to achieve your financial and retirement goals. With our deep industry knowledge, extensive resources, comprehensive wealth management services and established investment strategies, we will put you on a sound financial path and help keep you moving forward through every stage of your wealth management journey.

A Message from Craig J. Ferrantino
Founder, Principal, and Financial Services Professional

At Craig James Financial Services, LLC we are committed to working individually with each and every client to design a comprehensive financial plan that covers all aspects of pre-retirement, retirement, estate management and legacy planning.

Our aim is to become your investment professional for life. We take the time to get to know you and understand your goals, desires, and risk tolerance. We will create an integrated financial plan tailored to your specific circumstances. We will help you learn investment strategies and acquire the right financial tools to achieve your long-term goals. We will implement sound wealth preservation and tax mitigation strategies and actively care about your investments. We will help you make decisions to help ensure the comfortable secure retirement you have earned.

We will serve you with integrity, honesty, reliability and care. It is our honor to be your trusted financial services professional for life.

Sincerely,
Craig J. Ferrantino, Founder

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Craig Ferrantino - Financial Advisor in Long IslandCraig J. Ferrantino, Founder and Principal

Craig J. Ferrantino, CWS® host of the radio show "It's All About Retirement" and the founder and president of Craig James Financial Services, LLC, has more than 28 years of experience in the financial industry. He started his career on Wall Street in 1986 in the JP Morgan Private Banking Group in New York City where he assisted high net-worth clients manage their assets. During his years at JP Morgan Chase, he also worked in Corporate Finance, Asset-Backed Securities, and Developing Country Asset Trading. In 1995 he moved his career to Salomon Smith Barney in New York City. There he gained extensive experience and deepened his knowledge about financial planning for individuals and small businesses. After getting married and having children, Craig moved out of New York City to Southampton in Long Island and took a position at A.G. Edwards and Sons, where he specialized in wealth management and investment advising for high net-worth seniors and retirees.

With the need to provide independent, objective, financial advice to his clients, Mr. Ferrantino founded Craig James Financial Services, LLC. Craig James Financial Services, LLC is a Long Island-based investment and financial planning firm that specializes in financial planning and wealth management for pre-retirees, retirees, seniors and small businesses. Mr. Ferrantino's vision is to become your financial professional for life. He wants to earn your trust, and then work diligently with you to keep your trust for years to come.

Craig holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in International Administration from New England College. Craig has passed three Principal/Supervisory Exams (Series 24, 30, 51), two General Industry/Product Exams (Series 7 and Series 31) and two State Securities License Exams (Series 63 and 65). Craig is a well-known speaker on issues relating to investing, retirement planning, financial strategies and wealth management. He is the President of the Financial Planning Association of Long Island. Craig is also a Certified Wealth Strategist®.

Craig lives with his wife Jennifer and their three children in Quogue, NY. He is certified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and is a volunteer with the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance. Craig has also volunteered for over 25 years with youth ministry programs. Craig is presently teaching religious education at both the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton, as well as, The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach. Craig is also the New York Chapter Director for the Foundation for Personal Financial Education, which is a nonprofit organization that promotes financial education.

Jenna Duryee - Melville Financial AdvisorJenna Hudson, Vice President Marketing, Registered Representative

Jenna M. Hudson is the co-host of one of Long Island's premiere retirement radio shows "It's All About Retirement." She provides insight about retirement planning and steps that can be put into action to make sure one is on the path for a secure retirement. Jenna holds licenses in Life, Health, and Accident insurance. She also is a Series 7 and Series 63 Registered Sales Assistant. Jenna is currently in the process of obtaining her CFP designation.

Jenna joined Craig James Financial Services in 2009 and is the Vice President of Marketing. She assists with senior level high net worth client inquiries and account related operations. She provides market research and is the co-author of our educational retirement and financial reports. Jenna is our link to the media, sending press releases, scheduling interviews, and coordinating press time. She plans all client appreciation events and educational workshops Craig James Financial provides to local companies. Jenna also works with our web-designer to optimize our web page and social media.

While studying abroad in Paris, Jenna coordinated events for international Fortune 500 companies at the American Chamber of Commerce. Jenna graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in 2009, with a double major in French Studies and International Political Economy. While in college, she was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Sigma Nu in recognition of her outstanding scholarship, service to the community, and commitment to Jesuit ideals. She is a native of Sayville, Long Island and has now purchased a home in Idle Hour, NY.

Active in community and non-profit organizations, Jenna is a mentor for the Bronx CitySquash program and assists the Long Island Chapter for The Foundation for Personal Financial Education, a 501(c)3 organization that offers financial education workshops. Her favorite place to be is at the beach, she loves biking with her husband through Heckscher State Park and cooking with her family for Sunday dinners.

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