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May 23, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Government Wipes Out $170,000 in Student Loan Debt of Social Worker

Many people wonder if the government will honor their word of eliminating their federal student loan debt under the loan forgiveness program. This year, we witnessed one of the first who successfully completed this program. Michael Mitchell is a 47-year old professional musician turned social worker and counseling pyschotherapist. He earned his master’s degree from […]

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April 5, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Amazon and an Imprudent Proposal

Two weeks ago, my client Carl (not his real name) asked me to put all of his $330,000 IRA retirement savings in Amazon. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I could not, in good conscience, implement this request. It is extremely imprudent to put all of our savings in a handful of stocks, let […]

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March 27, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

4 Money Makers You May Be Missing Out

We’ve heard many investment success stories. The Winklevoss twins are reportedly now billionaires through their early bitcoin investments. Our uncle who invested $10,000 in Berkshire Hathaway stock in 1965 would now have $88 million. What is the latest wealth generator out there today? We’ll give you four. They’re not the get-rich-quick schemes you may be […]

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March 6, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Secret to Creating $1 Million

According to Einstein, what is the most powerful force in the universe? The power of compounding. We see that at work with Katie and Haley’s retirement savings. Meet Katie Katie is a recent prospective client of our firm. She is just 25 years old, and already seeking out a financial planner. She’s been working for […]

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February 23, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

4 Tips to Wipe Out Credit Card Debt

Do you feel the burden of credit card debt? Imagine what it feels like, if you didn’t have to make those monthly payments. Credit card debt affects people across all income levels. We have a client who works at a large technology company but feels stuck with a $40,000 credit card debt. We have another […]

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February 14, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

How to Lower Your Student Loan Payments – And Fund a Trip to London

Are you struggling to pay off your student loans? So is our friend Katie. She’s from Kansas City, works for a social justice non-profit in DC, and is all fired up after finishing her graduate studies. However, Katie has accumulated $80,000 in federal student loan debt and $20,000 in private loans. She makes $70,000 a […]

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February 1, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

7 Reasons Why You Haven’t Hired a Financial Planner – And Why They’re All Wrong

Many Americans choose to go it alone with their finances instead of hiring a certified expert. Hiring a financial planner is not yet part of our mainstream culture. Yet, if we are willing to pay a mechanic to change our car’s oil or a plumber to fix a leaky sink – even though we could […]

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December 13, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Should you buy Bitcoin?

“Technology has advanced greatly, but human psychology is still the same.” I’m an aggressive investor. When stocks were tumbling during the Great Recession and everyone was running for the exit, I was buying stocks left and right. I even deployed most of my emergency funds. Those kinds of deep bargain opportunities only happen a few […]

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December 12, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

God vs. Your Financial Planner

I’d like to share my blog post (below) that was recently published at the Millennial, an online journal that provides Catholic opinion on the most pressing issues of our times in politics, religion, and culture.    ________________ As a financial planner, I encourage people to take control of their finances and plan for their future. I often […]

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November 24, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

5 Tips to Prepare for GOP Tax Bill

Significant tax changes are being discussed in Congress. If approved, these will take effect in 2018. Many deductions may be eliminated. While the proposed legislation is not yet a done deal, consider the following tax planning opportunities by end of 2017: If you pay estimated taxes, make your final state tax payment in December, instead […]

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