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Latrobe, PA 15650

Christopher T. Pakos, CPA, PC.

(724) 537-6010

 
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"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow." -James Dean

Christopher T. Pakos, CPA, PC strives to help you live comfortably today while advising you on how to save as if you’ll live forever.

We hope your visit will help you understand the opportunities and potential rewards that are available when you take a proactive approach to your personal financial situation. 

Today’s economic environment presents many challenges. But along with these challenges comes opportunities and potential rewards for those who can identify long-term trends.

Whether you’re facing retirement—or looking to better understand certain investment ideas—we can help you address your most pressing money questions.

Our first priority is your overall financial success. We want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of my foundation of success.

Our site is filled with educational videos, articles, presentations, and calculators designed to help you learn more about the world of personal finance. As you search my website, send me a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. We'll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer.

Investment and financial planning services are offered by Christopher Pakos through his affiliation with Avantax.

Helpful Content

When Heirs are Imperfect

When Heirs are Imperfect

The money problems or bad lifestyle habits of adult children could lead to the squandering of any inheritance they receive.

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

How Income Taxes Work

How Income Taxes Work

A quick look at how federal income taxes work.

 

Split Annuity Strategy

Here's one strategy that combines two different annuities to generate income and rebuild principal.

Insurance Needs Assessment: Married With Children

When you’re married and have children, insurance needs will be different.

Insurance Needs Assessment: For Empty Nesters and Retirees

Do your insurance needs stay the same when the nest empties?

Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance

When considering life insurance, it's important to understand your options.

Insuring Your Second Home

There are unique risks of owning a second home and obtaining the proper coverage may protect you from financial risk.

The Pre-Retirement Checklist

This checklist can give you a quick snapshot of how prepared you are.

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Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

What Is My Risk Tolerance?

This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

Disability Income

This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

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Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

The Latte Lie and Other Myths

Do you know these three personal finance sayings?

The Business Cycle

How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?

No Cash, No Checks, No Problem

Peer-to-peer payment apps are one of the newest ways to send money.

Ready for Retirement?

Are you ready for retirement? Here are five words you should consider.

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.

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