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Investing in the Wake of COVID-19

by Andrew Carillo on Apr 7, 2020

Intro

By now, there’s a good chance that the recent market downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has left you questioning your investment strategy. In fact, there’s a good chance that you lost a good chunk of change during the rapid sell-offs in early-mid March. But now that the sudden onset of this downturn has passed, it’s time to thoughtfully reevaluate your investing plans in the wake of COVID-19.

Don’t Panic

How to create an emergency savings fund in wake of COVID-19

by Andrew Carillo on Apr 7, 2020

 

If the Coronavirus’ effect on the markets has taught us anything, it’s that every single person reading this should start the process of creating an emergency fund. This is not just an idea, nor is it a savings account, but rather, it is a separate pool of money to only use in emergencies. So, how do you even start the process of creating an emergency savings fund?

Navigating a Financial Crisis

by Andrew Carillo on Mar 20, 2020

During a crisis, you need answers, and your financial advisor knows this. It is a scramble to find the right information, and sometimes you do not even know whom to call. So, what do you do? Well, luckily for you, we have spent some time thinking about this and have come up with some of the most important things to do to during a crisis. 

Before the Crisis

What are the benefits of Diversifying my Investments?

by Andrew Carillo on Mar 16, 2020

Diversification is one of the cornerstones of traditional investment advice. The most common saying we hear is “never put all your eggs in one basket” and the moral holds true. Markets go up and down through economic change, business cycles, and a wide variety of factors changing investment outcomes. Managing these peaks and valleys is the primary goal of an investment plan. The best possible defense against risks in any investment strategy is diverse and well-balanced financial planning. 

The Value of Investing with a Financial Advisor Instead of a Do-It-Yourself Approach

by Andrew Carillo on Mar 13, 2020

Paying fees for professional investment management is something we’d all like to avoid. Why pay for some guy in a suit to manage your investments when you can do-it-yourself with a simple online brokerage account? There are many reasons to trust a professional - read on to find out whether it’s worth it to go with the pros.

Active vs. Passive

The Importance of Proper Planning for a Physically Ill Spouse or Loved One

by Andrew Carillo on Feb 14, 2020

Proper financial planning should always be a focus, but for those who are dealing with a physically ill spouse or loved one, it is crucial. There are several financial considerations that you will need to ponder, and naturally, these will not work with every situation, and chatting with a professional financial planner is always the best place to start. 

Cash Flow

How to Avoid Emotional Investment Choices

by Andrew Carillo on Feb 11, 2020

 

 

Investing is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes guts to stick to your plan and avoid selling into a bad market. “Buy low, sell high” seems easy enough to master. Many investors fail to follow this advice including DIYers and professional advisors alike. There are ways to avoid the pitfalls of emotional investing  — here’s a collection of a few to remember.

Establish long-term goals

How can a Financial Advisor Can Assist me with Lowering Tax Liability?

by Andrew Carillo on Feb 4, 2020

Tax Planning

Earning an income comes with taxes, and your investment incomes are no different. As your portfolio grows into retirement, it’s important to consider the difference between retirement pre-tax income and retirement after-tax income. A savvy advisor will consider your future tax liabilities to be an integral part of your overall retirement strategy. After all, it’s the cash that matters!