About Us

Who is Karr Barth Associates?

Karr Barth Associates is proud to be a part of such an excellent company with a storied history. Both locally and nationally, Karr Barth and Equitable Advisors draws talented employees and financial professionals to meet the current and evolving needs of our clients.

Our mission is to help our clients secure their financial well-being so they can pursue long and fulfilling lives.

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Our Corporate History

Throughout our long-standing history, we have embraced change and looked to the future, and we continue to see significant opportunities to develop new products and new ways to deliver service to our clients.


Henry Hyde founded the Equitable Life Assurance Society


The Equitable enhanced its public image during World War I when it waived the industry’s usual prohibition against paying death benefits to men in battle.

The 1930's

During the Great Depression, The Equitable publicized its record of paying 99 percent of its death claims within 24 hours of receipt of due proofs of death.


The Equitable enhanced its public image during World War II by waiving the usual prohibition against the payment of death benefits for men in battle – nearly 3,400 claims.


Karr Barth, the Philadelphia branch of The Equitable, was founded by George Karr and Bob Barth.


AXA makes initial investment in The Equitable


AXA Equitable pledges over $10 million for 9/11 disaster relief


AXA Achievement (now Equitable Excellence) scholarship launched, which awards over $1 million dollars annually to students across the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (as of 2022)


Karr Barth began supporting The Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has raised over $250,000 for CHOP as well as donated over 1,000 toys to CHOP. Karr Barth is also an annual sponsor of the CHOP Parkway Run and Walk.


AXA Equitable launches Structured Capital Strategies, the first-ever buffered annuity


Karr Barth celebrates 50 years


Karr Barth’s associates have now donated 350 pints of blood saying up to 1050 lives


EQH lists on the New York Stock Exchange AND acquires millionth customer in Group Retirement

July 2019

After 30 years at 40 Monument Rd in Bala Cynwyd, Karr Barth moves to the historic 1 Belmont Ave in Bala Cynwyd, investing in upgraded, modern technology and preparing for the next 50 years of making a difference in the lives of others

June 15, 2020

AXA Equitable officially changes to Equitable

September 2020

Karr Barth has now fundraised over $300,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Equitable is the brand name of the retirement and protection subsidiaries of Equitable Holdings, Inc., including Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company (NY,NY) Equitable Financial Life insurance Company of America, an AZ stock company with main administrative headquarters in Jersey City, NJ, and Equitable Distributors, LLC. Equitable Advisors is the brand name of Equitable Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI and TN). 

Equitable Advisors is not affiliated with the Cancer Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)