"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.
Put It in a Letter
A letter of instruction provides additional and more personal information regarding your estate.
Global vs. International: What’s The Difference?
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
Retirement Income and the Traditional Portfolio
Experiencing negative returns early in retirement can potentially undermine the sustainability of your assets.
Military families face unique challenges, making personal finance even more critical.
Most women don’t shy away from the day-to-day financial decisions, but some may be leaving their future to chance.
Can you keep up with your children’s mobile slang?
Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk tolerance.
Knowing the rules may help you decide when to start benefits.
Knowing your options when a CD matures can help you make a sound investment decision.
Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.
This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.
Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.
Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.
The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
In life it often happens that the answers to our most pressing questions are right in our own backyards.
A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate
A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.