"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.
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U.S. Personal Savings Rate
What can be learned from the savings rate?
Inflation and Your Portfolio
Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.
Learn a little about worldwide currency in this fun infographic
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Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.
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Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.
This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.
Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.
Estimate how many months it may take to recover the out-of-pocket costs when buying a more efficient vehicle.
This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.
Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
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The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.
Selecting a mortgage isn't an easy process. Get a better understanding of how professionals make the right decisions.
The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days?
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
What does your home really cost?
Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.