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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 […]

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 […]

Baltimore Sun – Wall Street Shrugs Off Sequester

Christopher P. Parr, when interviewed by Baltimore Sun columnist Eileen Ambrose on whether Wall Street ignoring political drama in Washington is the new norm, said “Wall Street has gotten ahead of the game.” “Sure, there are positive signs, Parr said, but the economy’s annual growth rate will be cut by at least half a percentage […]

Wall Street Journal – Adopting? Prepare to be Surprised

Christopher P. Parr was interviewed by Veronica Dagher, columnist for Wealth Management at WSJ.com, about the financial impact of adoption that prospective parents don’t realize until they start paying.  “Unexpected costs often crop up,” said Christopher Parr.  He recommended that “clients budget for costs to be at least 20% higher than they originally estimated.” “Those […]

The Business Monthly: Five Steps to Prepare for Tax Uncertainty

In this article, Christopher Parr provides five steps to prepare for major or potential income and investment tax changes for the 2013 tax year.  He first explains the several earned income-related changes and the investment income-related changes that require monitoring and planning as the status becomes clearer.  Earned income-related changes include employee social security, Medicare […]