"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 Do Your Taxes Pay For?
Here's a breakdown of how the federal government spends your tax money.
Inflation & Your Money
It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.
The Facts About Income Tax
Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.
Military families face unique challenges, making personal finance even more critical.
Four vacation destinations you might never have thought of.
Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.
Currency has been around for a long time. Here’s a quick history lesson.
The latest trends in travel reflect a rich menu of exciting new possibilities.
Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.
This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.
This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.
Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.
This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
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.
Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?
Making the most of surprises is a great reason to work with us.
Why are 401(k) plans, annuities, and IRAs so popular?
Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.
A bucket plan can help you be better prepared for a comfortable retirement.
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.