Larry Bakerjian reflects on life, retirement and 40 years of investment planning

Larry and Roxane Bakerjian try out a Formula One race car.

For this post, I’m featuring an interview with Larry Bakerjian, whom all of you know as the founder of Asset Strategies. Larry’s career as a financial planner spanned more than 40 years. I’m asked so often how Larry and Roxane are doing I thought it would be fun to have him tell us himself. Adam […]


Be balanced and give the stock market time to recover

Investing in stocks is balancing act.

Like many of you, Bianca and I are attempting to find a balance between taking prudent safety precautions and still living our lives. Thanks for your concern We are healthy, our family is healthy. Those visiting our office will notice an increase in strategically placed hand sanitizers, but otherwise it’s still business as usual. I’ve […]


Thoughts on the economy

​Much has been made of the slowing global economy. I’ll comment on this, since I know several of you are concerned about the possibility of a recession. At the outset, just know that what we see happening thus far is part of a normal economic cycle. “Google it” There has been so much concern over […]



Is the bull market in stocks heading for a correction?

Should you try to time this stock market or stay the course?

SPECIAL BULLETIN The stock market is always ripe for drama. Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average* dropped 127 points on Monday. It sank 500 points early on Tuesday, due to some companies reporting gloomy results, but closed the day down only 126 points. “The market is fragile,” an investment manager told CNN. “But we’re […]


Why has the stock market become so volatile?

Should you worry about the stock market? No.

The past several weeks have seen an increase in the volatility of global stock prices. Even our clients, who are usually very thick-skinned when it comes to stock prices jumping around, have had questions. “What’s going on with the stock market? Should I pull money out now? Should I be worried?” are questions we’ve been […]


How should family and friends help with 529 college savings plans?

Failing to consider how 529 college savings plans impact financial aid can result in a student missing out on valuable financial assistance.

  It’s summer. While this traditionally means kids in their late teens and early twenties are looking forward to weeks of sun and fun, it’s also the time when tens of thousands of young men and women across our country apply for financial aid to attend college. In the mounds of financial information that you’ll […]


Bonds in a rising rate world

How will a slowdown in the economy affect bond fund performance?

In March, the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates. The increase of one quarter of one percent was only the third time in a decade that rates have gone up. Many economists believe that more increases are coming. The Fed itself has mentioned the possibility of further rate increases this year. There was a time […]



The S&P 500 is more concentrated than you think

Because the S&P 500 Index is concentrated of late, too much of its return is coming from too few of its stocks.

If you make orange juice from frozen concentrate you can mix it too strongly. Add only a little water, and it tastes too sugary, too tangy. Something similar is happening with the S&P 500 Index.* Lately, the index tastes funny. It’s too concentrated. “The S&P 500 has a big performance issue that should be a […]