About Capital Research Advisors

Founded in 2003 by two highly seasoned investment veterans, Capital Research Advisors is a fee-focused investment advisor (RIA). We bring together more than 100 years of respective industry experience in our leadership from multiple disciplines in order to help meet the needs of our clients.

As fiduciaries, our obligation is to you, our client, and to act in a way that we believe is in your best interest. We are fully committed to fulfilling that obligation.

Meet Our Team

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Ken Graves

Chief Investment Officer

Ken’s career in financial services began in 1987 with a small independent firm in Texas. That small firm soon merged into a much larger firm, and through that merger Ken became a Sr. Vice President in 1992.

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Steve Welch


In 2002, Steve fully transitioned into a wealth transfer practice ultimately becoming a member at Sanders Welch, LLC, a respected boutique estate planning firm in Atlanta.

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Michael Trafford

Masters in Financial Planning

Michael Trafford’s focus has long been in financial planning. He attended Georgia State University on full scholarship where he earned his Finance degree, and later, a Masters in Personal Financial Planning.

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Melissa Edwards

Chief Administrative Officer

Melissa is our Administrative Officer and the newest member of the team. She received all of her education in the state of Georgia and comes from a background in the luxury automotive customer service industry. There she concentrated on meeting clients’ needs in areas such as customer service, automotive service, and product enhancements following their recent purchase. She emphasizes the value of solid, long-lasting relationships as our Administrative Officer, and she focuses on enhancing the relationships we have with our clients.

Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Why Choose Capital Research?

At Capital Research Advisors we use different combinations of models in each client portfolio in order to create a tailored fit. As goals evolve so does our approach to each model. We are constantly refining out models and we always use a multi-model strategy— it’s just how we manage money.

At Capital Research Advisors, you’re more than a client.

We follow the Golden Rule—we treat you how we’d want to be treated ourselves.

  • All fees are fully disclosed to you.

  • We operate in a fiduciary, fee-focused relationship.

  • We succeed when you do.