Entries by Christopher P. Parr

River Hill Magazine: Lifecycle Target Date Funds – A useful investment tool and not a one-stop shop

Lifecycle funds, also known as “target date” funds (TDF), are popular investment choices found in many company retirement plans.  They are also being marketed to individual investors through mutual funds as a single, one-stop investment solution.  Lifecycle funds have a simplistic concept which may not be such a bad idea.  The concept is that these […]

Turbulent Market Update from Parr Financial Solutions

Stock market volatility this week was largely driven by fears of the impact to global markets from an economic slowdown in China. The Chinese economy is in the early stages of shifting from being manufacturing and exporting dependent to a consumer and service driven economy. This triggered the first stock market correction since 2011. A correction […]

River Hill Magazine: An Economic Blueprint for College Savings – Part II – To help you plan effectively and be well-prepared!

The beginning of a new school year is a good time to think about planning ahead for the costs of college for your children. Five key variables to consider in your analysis are: time horizon, cost assumptions, available resources, account structure, and investment strategy. A previous article, published for the October 2014 issue of Living at […]

Financial Planning Magazine – Social Security: When to Claim at 70

Christopher Parr was quoted in a second article on social security withdrawal planning by Donald Jay Korn in Financial Planning Magazine.  This one focuses on when to claim at 70; “Waiting until 70 generally is preferred, when feasible, because Social Security benefits currently increase by approximately 8% per year for every year deferred,” says Christopher Parr, […]

River Hill Magazine: Does Your Portfolio Look Like a Shoebox? Part II: Getting Organized

The first article in this series (February, 2015) defined the concept of a shoebox portfolio, identified the various effortless ways that a shoebox portfolio can be cultivated, and pointed out the pitfalls and consequences of neglecting a thorough portfolio review on a periodic basis. This article focuses on how to address the problems of a shoebox […]