"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 HD Vest.
What Is a Stretch IRA?
If you have a traditional IRA, you may have the opportunity to extend its tax-deferred status across multiple generations.
Do You Owe The AMT?
If you want to avoid potential surprises at tax time, it may make sense to know where you stand when it comes to the AMT.
Money that Buys Good Health is Never Ill Spent
It's important to make sure your retirement strategy anticipates health-care expenses.
There are ways to improve your physical fitness without denting your fiscal fitness.
The wise use of credit is a critical skill. These 10 questions will help you assess your skill level.
Marriage changes everything, including your insurance needs.
Understanding the types of long-term-care services—and what those services could cost—may be critical.
There are a number of reasons for business owners to consider a business succession plan sooner rather than later.
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.
With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.
This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.
This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Women must be ready to spend, on average, more years in retirement than men.
There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.
Would you guess that Millennials are effectively saving for retirement? Well, they are.
A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.
Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?