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535 Lloyd Avenue
Latrobe, PA 15650

Christopher T. Pakos, CPA, PC.

(724) 537-6010

 
Once Upon a Goal A New Way to Look at Your Bucket List Surprise! You’ve Got Money! RE: Retirement

"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.  

Helpful Content

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Take a look at this 2017 Market Recap.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?

Saving for College 101

Saving for College 101

Here’s a crash course on saving for college.

 

Traditional vs. Roth IRA

One or the other? Perhaps both traditional and Roth IRAs can play a part in your retirement plans.

IRA Withdrawals that Escape the 10% Tax Penalty

The list of IRA withdrawals that may be taken without incurring a 10% early penalty has grown.

Estimating Your Estate Taxes

Estate tax laws have changed a few times in recent years. Do you know the new rules?

Pay Yourself First

It sounds simple, but paying yourself first can really pay off.

Test Your Life Insurance Knowledge

How much do you know about one of the most important tools you have to help protect your and your family’s financial future?

The Best Apps in Travel

Technology tips to make your next trip even better.

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Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Comparing Investments

This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.

What Is My Risk Tolerance?

This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k)

This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

Interested in a Fuel Efficient Car?

Estimate how many months it may take to recover the out-of-pocket costs when buying a more efficient vehicle.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

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Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

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Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

The Latte Lie and Other Myths

Do you know these three personal finance sayings?

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?

Bridging the Confidence Gap

In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.

The Fed and How It Got That Way

Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.

Exit Strategies of the Rich and Famous

Estate conservation is too important to put off. Do you have a smart exit strategy?

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