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Welcome to our blog! This is a space for our team to share our thoughts on relevant financial topics, insights on the economy and the current market environment, and more! In addition, besides being financial services professionals and taking care of our clients every day, our team is also very involved in the community and passions of their own! Read our blog for our thoughts on all things finance, in addition to what we're up to within the community and the goings on in our lives outside of our every day work with our dear clients! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

In this month’s newsletter, we break down news headlines, including market implications of the Omicron variant, Alex covers HSAs, & Brandon shares 5 financial gifts that will make a difference in the future to get you ready for the holidays

Monday, November 22, 2021

With supply chains being hit hard by Southern California’s backlog of ships, we might have trouble getting the latest and greatest toys, tech, or jewelry this holiday season. This predicament, coupled with rising inflation, may...

Friday, November 12, 2021

For many people, healthcare is one of the largest necessary expenses every year. There are all sorts of health insurance plans ranging from low premium plans with high deductibles to high premium plans with low deductibles. Regardless...

Friday, November 5, 2021

Over the last several months, inflation has become a hot topic for good reason. We are seeing substantial levels of inflation for the first time in almost 15 years. While it is concerning to see the increasing prices of daily...

Friday, October 29, 2021

In this month’s newsletter, we break down news headlines, Brandon shares "5 Websites That Can Help You Save Money", I share what I celebrate most about my heritage, and more!

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Friday, October 22, 2021

With the holiday season coming up, everyone is trying to save a bit of money when buying gifts for someone they love or even for themselves. Below are 5 websites that I use to help me save money doing everyday shopping. Rakuten...

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

We review market headlines, share a couple blog posts by Brandon, a webinar on our Adviceworks client portal, some market updates/commentaries, and more!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Back in college, when money was scarce for a broke college student, every penny counted. I worked a full-time job at a local restaurant while also being a full-time student. I found different ways to make my dollars stretch, but also...

Thursday, September 16, 2021

As an advisor, I get the question all the time: “Will Social Security still be around when I retire?”. This is especially concerning for millennials and younger generations who have heard their whole lives that the Social...

Monday, September 6, 2021

As someone who loves to play the long-term credit card game, I've found ways to maximize the value of my credit cards and make life a bit easier. This can be challenging when dealing with something that most Americans find daunting....

Monday, August 30, 2021

HAPPY SEPTEMBER! In this month's newsletter, we celebrate something BIG, break down recent market headlines, review the Senate's budget framework, share Alex's latest blog post & YouTube video, invite you to a Cetera 'IN THE ROOM' event, &

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

What is Long Term Care? Long Term Care is a specific type of healthcare designed to meet a person’s health or personal needs over either a short or long period of time. Typically, one will require Long Term Care if they can no...

Thursday, August 5, 2021

August Newsletter by Tori Gutierrez

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

From phone calls informing you that your car’s insurance is expired to emails from foreign princes asking for money, there are an abundance of financial scams out there that take advantage of millions of Americans. Last September...

Saturday, June 26, 2021

In last month's blog post, I listed 5 ways college students can make money during their college/university career. In this article, I introduce how to make some extra cash during retirement for retirees. With 2020 affecting Americans...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Over the coming months, there will likely be many headlines about inflation that add to the noise. We hope this blog article cuts through the noise and provides some education and context around the inflation conversation.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

With millions of students graduating high school over these next couple of months, there will be many people continuing on to higher education, whether that be a community college, trade school, or university. Of those people, many...

Monday, April 26, 2021

If you have been following our blog for a while, you probably know that we are always on the hunt for a good deal. There's nothing wrong with a good deal, but SOMETIMES that way of thinking can leave you in a bit of trouble. We believe...

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Diversification is the act of investing in a variety of different areas in order to reduce the overall risk of your portfolio.1 Essentially, it takes the age old saying of "Don't put all of your eggs into one basket," and applies that...

Friday, April 9, 2021

An IRA, which is short for "Individual Retirement Account", is an account that you can save money into for your retirement. A 401(k) is also an account that you save money into for your retirement, but is sponsored by your employer,...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Think of a credit card company like a casino. Your goal when playing their games are to make money. There’s the saying “the house always wins”. That is only the case if you let them win. In this blog post, we will...

Monday, March 8, 2021

Our team of advisors has over a decade of experience working with teachers. Every year we help several of our clients comfortably retire from teaching. One of the main ways we help our clients is by educating them on how their benefits...

Friday, February 26, 2021

What is a car lease? As simple as it is, a car lease is the financing of a car’s depreciation. Unless you took an accounting course back in high school or college, you are probably wondering what depreciation is. Depreciation is...

Friday, February 5, 2021

In this episode, I explain the basics of the California State Teacher's Retirement System's (CalSTRS) Defined Benefit Supplement, or "DBS". *What is it?*Will you have a benefit from the DBS?*What role will it play in your...

Friday, January 8, 2021

The start of the New Year gives us a moment to reflect on the previous year and plan for the new one. As we put together our calendars for the new year, there are some important dates to remember. Below is a breakdown by month of dates...

Monday, December 28, 2020

As we prepare to start the New Year, now is a great time to join in on the tradition of New Year’s “resolutions.” 2020 was an unprecedented year with Covid-19 that really opened our eyes to the important things in...

Friday, December 4, 2020

What kind of relationship do you want with your advisor? To answer this question, you should first ask yourself if you're a... 1. "Do It Yourself-er" 2. "Collaborator" 3. "Delegator"...

Monday, November 30, 2020

“Discipline Equals Freedom” Off the bat, from the title of this blog, you are probably thinking how does discipline equal freedom? They are a complete dichotomy of each other. However, without one, you can’t have the...

Thursday, November 5, 2020

As investors, how do we invest with confidence when there is so much uncertainty and volatility? Stick to common investment strategies, such as "dollar cost averaging".

Thursday, October 29, 2020

5 Tips & Tricks to Save Up to $100/Month Saving money each month doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle. Our assistant, Brandon, is passionate about personal finance and saving money in small ways that have a HUGE impact....

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

12 Activities To Keep You Healthy During Quarantine As financial advisors, one of our main goals is to help clients alleviate the stress in their lives. The primary way we do this is by addressing financial stress. We do this by...

Monday, September 28, 2020

For Our Teachers: Navigating the world of 403(b)s can be complicated, especially if you're a teacher just trying to navigate your new reality of a virtual classroom for your students. If you're in the same boat as many overwhelmed and...

Friday, September 4, 2020

INVESTING 101 WITH ALEX In Episode 3 of Investing 101, Alex discusses how to construct an investment portfolio based on "Modern Portfolio Theory". "Modern Portfolio Theory" is a mathematical framework investors and advisors use to...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

"The 2020 Election and Your Portfolio". With 2020’s overabundance of explosive headlines, including a pandemic, an economic recession, and civil unrest, the 2020 Election has been somewhat overlooked until recent weeks. The election...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Introducing our new series, "Teacher Talk With Tori"! Okay I've been very excited to launch this new series because it was made SPECIFICALLY for California public school teachers. My mom is a 3rd grade teacher and I know how much of...

Monday, August 17, 2020

Hi everyone! In our second episode of our "Investing 101" series, Alex covers different types of investment vehicles available to investors on the market. If you have questions on which vehicle(s) might make the most sense for you,...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Is now a good time to buy a house? Is now a good time to sell? What about commercial real estate? Lately, we have been getting a lot of questions about the real estate market. Like the stock market, the real estate market is governed by...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hi everyone! This is our first episode of our series called "Investing 101" where we spend a few minutes on a variety of topics involving investing. We will star off with a few videos on the basics and then go into some more advanced...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hi everyone! Rounding out our "Get To Know" video blog series is licensed sales assistant (and backbone of our team), Brandon Chhan! Brandon has been with Cetera Investors for just under 3 years and is the hardest worker we know. We...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hi everyone! In today's Q&A, we address the new and important regulation established by the SEC called "Regulation Best Interest". This new regulation aims to improve consumer confidence in their advisor. We answer questions on "Reg...

Thursday, July 9, 2020

When working with a trusted financial advisor, you probably assume that they are giving advice in your best interest. But, how can you be sure? What is Regulation Best Interest? On June 30th, 2020, the Securities and Exchange...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

What are the biggest factors that influence your credit score? You've likely heard the term “FICO score”. This is one of the most popular types of credit scores that lenders use to decide if and how much credit to offer....

Friday, July 3, 2020

For this week's Q&A, we discuss the basics of the California Teacher's Pension! We discuss: What is the CalSTRS pension? What are the different pension formulas and which one applies to me? What are the factors that determine my...

Monday, June 29, 2020

Hey everyone! Next up in our "Get To Know" series is a short introduction to financial adviser, Alex Sierra. Alex loves helping his clients develop sophisticated financial strategies designed meet their goals. Learn a bit more about...

Friday, June 26, 2020

Hi everyone! In today's episode, we discuss one of my favorite topics: Socially Conscious Investing. We discuss these 4 questions: What is Socially Responsible Investing and why is everyone talking about it? How has Socially...

Thursday, June 25, 2020

In our last blog post about credit, we discussed the basics of credit, the different types of credit, and why credit is important. Next, we will review how to build credit and how to take where you are now and improve upon it. Building...

Friday, June 19, 2020

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Welcome to the very first of many VIDEO blogs! First up in our video blog series is an introduction to our team! Up first is "Get To Know: Tori". Tori has been a financial adviser for seven years and loves her clients very much. Learn...

Friday, June 12, 2020

We are answering YOUR questions every Friday! This was our first Q&A, which is 30 minutes on savings, long term care, and Alex's most recent blog post. Future Q&As will be 10 minutes! Send us your questions and we will try to answer...

Thursday, June 4, 2020

What Happened We all remember when news of the coronavirus hit and it became apparent that many businesses were going to have make significant cuts or shut down. We all remember getting the “Stay At Home” orders from the...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

What is Credit? According to Experian, "Credit is the ability to borrow money or access to goods or services with the understanding that you’ll pay later." People use credit to buy almost everything, including food, clothing,...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, we are facing more uncertainty than ever before. Many are concerned about their health, their loved ones, their jobs, and their ability to pay the bills. Many are also uncertain about the economy and how...

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The answer to this question depends on your specific situation, but here are a few ideas that would have the biggest impact on your financial well-being: Pay your bills. This one might sound obvious, but if you have fixed inflexible...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Alex and I had so much fun at our client appreciation holiday party on Saturday! It's really nice to see clients outside of a meeting. We had a chance to relax and enjoying each other's company, delicious food, and drinks. But I think...