Entries by Christopher P. Parr

River Hill Magazine: An Economic Blueprint for College Savings – 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. This article addresses the first three of these variables. Time Horizon […]

River Hill Magazine: Lessons From A Homeless Shelter – Timeless Tips for Financial Self-Sufficiency

This item is based on a personal experience that actually took place in 1993 as my financial advisory practice was just getting started.  The lessons have clearly stood the test of time and are still relevant: After attending a seminar sponsored by a local nonprofit, career networking organization entitled Reengineering Your Finances for a Smooth Career Transition”, […]

River Hill Magazine: Asset Class Correlation – A Useful Tool for Managing Investment Risk

With U.S. stock market indices at or near record highs and showing increasing signs of stress, it is an opportune time to reinforce the long-term benefits of permanently including some out-of-favor positions in your portfolio.   An investment strategy practicing broad diversification can pay-off with reduced downside volatility and lead to higher long-term returns.  A Dose […]

The Business Monthly: Lifecycle Target Date Funds – Not a Holy Grail Investment Plan

As the 40th anniversary reunion of famed comedy troupe Monty Python takes place in London this summer, it seems an appropriate time to mention a very different perceived Holy Grail of company retirement plan investing – namely “lifecycle” or  “target date” funds (TDF).  These hybrid investment products are being marketed to the masses by mutual […]

Wall Street Journal: The Credit Card Shuffle

Free is good…free travel, hotel, cash and gift cards thanks to credit-card companies and a little nifty footwork… Christopher Parr contributed to this Wall Street Journal article by personal finance writer Brett Arends explaining some useful tips for maximizing credit card offers and some traps to avoid credit card hidden cost.  Parr’s unofficial title is […]

BBC: “Planning Ahead for Adoption”

Christopher P. Parr comments on adoption planning for the BBC.   On the amount of money adoption with take: “To be safe, add 20% to what you are being told the adoption will cost,”  said Parr.  To read the full article — “Planning Ahead for Adoption: Keep Costs, Time in Check” by Kate Ashford — Click Here     […]

Press Release — Advisor Completes Challenging Decade Safeguarding Howard County MD Pension

Baltimore MD – Oct. 1, 2013 – Christopher P. Parr, of Columbia-based Parr Financial Solutions, Inc. completed his 2nd, voluntary five-year term as a member of the Howard County MD Pension Oversight Commission. Mr. Parr also served as chairperson of the Commission since 2007 and during the turbulent “Great Recession” of 2008 – our country’s […]

BankRate – Smart Financial Moves for College Freshmen

Alyssa Parr, daughter of Christopher P. Parr who heads Parr Financial Solutions, a wealth management firm in Columbia, MD., discusses some of the big financial mistakes she made her first semester at California Polytechnic State University. “(In the) first quarter, I spent so much money, but I learned a lot,” says Parr.  Tamara Lytle, who wrote the Bankrate […]

Financial Planning Magazine – Safer Strategies for Leveraged Investing

Christopher P. Parr comments on leveraged investing in Financial Planning Magazine :  “My advice to clients over my 20-plus years has always been to never buy on margin,” says Chris Parr,  who heads Parr Financial Solutions, a wealth management firm in Columbia, Md. “You should not invest what you don’t have.” Several planners agreed that margin loans […]