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The stock market recovery reminds us why we continue to stay the course

You did the right thing in 2020 by sticking to your investment plan.

In February 2020, the stock market as measured by the S&P 500* entered a free fall that lasted for about a month — ending down about 32%. The market eventually recovered and today is up more than 80% since that bottom. It’s a reminder of the importance of sticking to your investment plan. Let’s consider […]


4 year-end tax and estate planning ideas

What a year it’s been! A crazy stock market. An election. A pandemic.I have to commend you all for hanging in there with your investment strategy through the course of the year. Your patience has been rewarded. The stock market as measured by S&P 500 Index* sits higher than when the year began. With less […]


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 […]


Update on the Hartrums and some mid-year to-dos for you

Wow! Look at what we have gone through for the first half of 2020. Economically and socially, we’ve seen one of the biggest roller coaster rides in modern history. These certainly aren’t easy times. I’ve had lots of phone conversations and Zoom videoconferences with my clients. Frankly, I’m impressed with their resilience throughout these volatile […]



We remain open for business, ready to serve

Under the new state of California order, financial institutions are considered “essential businesses” and not required to shut down their operations or close to the public. Thus, … We will continue to hold down the fort in our office. Even if the state or federal government were to issue new orders, you should always be […]


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 […]


Coronavirus: What to do about stock volatility

Coronavirus ruins a good thing

Fears surrounding the spread of a novel coronavirus and its resulting disease, COVID-19, have caused significant market volatility. The S&P 500 Index* is down by double-digit amounts since last fall. And, uncertainty about COVID-19 containment continues. Let’s consider some facts. At the time of this writing, global infections exceeded 118,000, leading to 4,262 deaths, according […]


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 […]


September 19 was a big day for me

Adam Hartrum, U.S. Marine

September 19th was a big day for me. It was the three-year anniversary of my buying Larry Bakerjian’s wealth management business. Not coincidentally, the 19th also marked the 21st anniversary of having fulfilled my Marine Corps duties and being honorably discharged. I mentioned having both anniversaries on the same day was not a coincidence. When […]