Based in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama – Abeona helps single women, couples nearing or in retirement, and families with special needs pursue their long-term goals and achieve financial success and wellness. We work with clients in the Southeast and throughout the country, focusing on investment management, retirement, and financial planning.
Abeona opened its doors in early 2020 with the goal of providing inclusive and empowering financial advice. As an educator-turned-financial advisor, Mary Meadows Livingston, CFA, CFP®, saw the need for a wealth management company that not only provided high-quality, research-based investment advice in the client’s best interest, but also one that was approachable.
Our goal is to provide objective guidance and to serve as a resource and partner to our clients. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and that when it comes to our clients, exemplary service and hands-on support are the highest priority.
In Roman mythology, Abeona is the goddess of the outward journey. Regardless of where you begin, we look forward to walking alongside you in your financial journey.
Mary Meadows brings a diverse background to her work as a financial advisor having spent the first five years of her career as an early childhood special educator at The Bell Center for Early Intervention. During that time, Mary Meadows recognized that financial wellness has an impact on more than your bank balance. Her passion to empower directed her to pivot to a career in finance. She joined the team at Porter, White & Company, an investment banking and investment management firm serving both individual and institutional clients, and worked there from 2011 to 2020.
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a CFA® Charterholder, she has both the quantitative background to analyze markets and investments and the ability to explain difficult concepts. Her B.A. in Psychology and Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia complement the financial background and balances the depth of financial knowledge with the empathy and understanding of the human spirit.
Personal relationships and trust are key to a successful financial plan, and Mary Meadows enjoys working with a diverse set of clients who have unique needs and stories. She is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi and a long-time resident of Birmingham who is committed to the city and enjoys serving the community through various organizations and leadership roles. In addition to starting a business during a pandemic, she also got married in December 2020 to a wonderful man with a wonderful daughter. When not at work, Mary Meadows can usually be found at a yoga studio, the library, on a trail hiking, or cooking with her family.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Abeona Wealth values community and understands that no one individual can make an impact without the dedication to the people it serves. Abeona’s team has served and actively participates in the following communities of Birmingham.
Abeona Wealth’s partnerships create strengths that keep your relationships local and your team global.
Equita Financial Network is a consortium of like-minded firms with common values. Equita provides a first-class platform that helps member firms run better so that they can provide better solutions to clients. The platform offers many resources, including portfolio management solutions, 24/7 tech support, compliance support, established custodial relationships, access to best practices to streamline firm processes and operations, and inclusion to a collaborative group of like-minded business owners.
East Bay Investment Solutions serves as Abeona’s “Collaborative” Investment Officer. East Bay assists Abeona with portfolio construction, investment monitoring, and staying up-to-date on current research and market events. Founded in 2014, East Bay is a registered investment adviser, meaning that they also serve in a fiduciary capacity. This collaborative relationship elevates our client experience by bringing more experience and knowledge to the table.
Founder Mary Meadows Livingston has been working with individual clients since 2011. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Teaching in Early Childhood and Developmental Risk from the University of Virginia, Mary Meadows is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner and a CFA® Charterholder. Prior to founding Abeona Wealth, she taught early childhood special education at The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs for five years and spent the following nine years at Porter, White & Company in the wealth management practice.
A CFP® professional has had extensive training and experience that are required by the CFP Board, including financial planning subject areas of investment, retirement, estate, tax, education, and risk management and life insurance. A CFP® professional is also held to ethical standards that requires that you put the clients’ interests first. Founder Mary Meadows became a CFP® professional in 2014.
Professionals who hold the rights to use a Chartered Financial Analyst® designation prepare with an average of 1,000 hours of study and a required four years of professional experience. Even so, only one in five candidates ever earn the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas such as portfolio management and retirement planning, quantitative methods, economics, ethics, alternative investments, and fixed income and equity security analysis. Learn more about the CFA Institute. Founder Mary Meadows is a CFA® Charterholder.
In addition to statements from the custodian, you will receive quarterly performance reports that show how your account(s) performed both before and after fees. In addition to investment performance, we will show you progress toward your goals.
After going through our discovery process to identify your values, goals, and needs, we will make recommendations for an investment plan. This plan will bring together required return with your risk tolerance. The resulting portfolio will be a globally diversified portfolio of mutual funds and/or ETFs designed to meet your risk and return requirements over the long term.