"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.
Tuning Your Social Security Benefit
When should you take your Social Security benefit?
A Brief Guide To Condo Insurance
Important items to consider when purchasing condo insurance.
How the Federal Reserve Works
Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.
Alternative investments are going mainstream for accredited investors. It’s critical to sort through the complexity.
For some, the idea of establishing a retirement strategy evokes worries about complicated reporting and administration.
The true cost of raising a child may be far more than you expect.
In the face of divorce, making changes to insurance coverage may be overlooked.
An inside look at how marginal income tax brackets work.
Being healthy not only makes you feel good, it may also help you financially.
This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.
With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.
Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.
This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.
This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.
This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days?
Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.
The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.