Category Archives: Victor Cannillo

Keeping Your Portfolio “Balanced”

A 60-second read by Victor Cannillo:  If your goal is to invest over the long-term, totally avoiding a sector solely on the basis that it has recently performed well would not be prudent.  Long-term investors should identify a globally-diversified strategy, spread across many sectors, that is risk appropriate and helps them achieve their goals.  

At Baron, our objective is to find the appropriate balance of globally-diversified assets for our clients’ portfolio, while producing as little volatility as possible to achieve their desired results. Using a rebalancing strategy can help smooth out volatility in the portfolio and prevent overweighting to any one sector or asset class while still allowing the investor to remain invested.

A rebalancing strategy aims to divest the relative gains from strong-performing asset classes and invest the proceeds in non-correlated asset classes that may be underperforming at the present time. By purchasing securities within sectors that may be trading at severe discounts due to their lackluster recent performance, our clients can both reap the reward of the recent market surge, while simultaneously strengthening the long-term stability of their portfolio. Furthermore, if the sectors that have been performing well recently were to take a severe and unexpected downturn, a rebalancing strategy would look to assure that the portfolio is not overinvested in those asset classes and exposed to an unwarranted amount of risk at any given time.

For any questions on your portfolio, please don’t hesitate to contact your Baron Team

 

What documents are safe to shred? What must I keep?

A 30-second read by Victor Cannillo: Whether you are tired of piles of papers cluttering up your home or are trying to go “paperless,” it is important to know what documents you should keep and which you could shred.

Below we list some of the important documents the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests that you should always keep:

  • Birth certificates/ adoption documents
  • Social Security cards
  • Marriage licenses or divorce decrees
  • Tax returns
  • Passports or citizenship materials
  • Familial death certificates
  • For items like your home and car, you want to hold on to any automobile titles and home deeds for as long as they are in your ownership.
  • To see more, click here.

Shredding Timeline-The FTC recommends that you wait:

  • 7 years before shredding any tax-related receipts and cancelled checks.
  • 1 year before shredding bank statements, medical bills, etc.

Items such as credit card statements can be shredded right away once paid. To help reduce capital gains tax, retain home improvement receipts until your home is sold.

To view the FTC’s safe shredding timeline infographic, click here.

In addition to decluttering your home, shredding documents with personal information can help prevent identity theft.  Just remember to keep the listed documents above for the suggested amount of time.

Feel free to reach out to us for any other questions.

Do You Have a Will? 3 Basic Estate Planning Documents You Should Have

A 60-second read by Victor Cannillo:  If you haven’t completed your estate planning documents yet, consider making it one of your goals for the New Year.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to start crossing off tasks on your list. Having your estate planning documents in place can help to prevent issues down the road and ensures that your specific wants and wishes will be carried out. For example, did you know that technically, everyone has a will? The question is do you have a personalized will or the standard state version?

Here are the 3 most basic estate documents you should have:

  1. A Last Will and Testament
    A document dictating how you would like your assets to be dispersed after death; to whom do you want your assets to pass? Having a Will safeguards your wishes. If you die without having a Will in place, the State will decide who is to inherit from your estate. The Will can also be useful to save estate taxes, create trusts for children and establish guardians for minor children.

  2. A Durable Power of Attorney
    A document in which you give another person the authority to act on your behalf. If you were ever to become incapacitated, who would you feel comfortable standing-in on your behalf when it comes to your finances, signing your checks, etc.?

  3. A Living Will (also known as an Advanced Medical Directive)
    A document outlining your end-of-life medical wishes if you are not conscious to make those decisions for yourself. What medical actions do you want to take place? It may also allow you to appoint a Health Care Representative to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make them yourself.

For more specific information on these documents and to start the process of completing them, contact an estate attorney. Make sure he or she specializes in estate law. If you would like assistance finding an estate attorney that fits your specific profile, feel free to reach out to your Baron team.

Should the Election Affect your Investment Strategy?

The answer is “no,” as long as you have a long-term globally-diversified
strategy

 

A 45-second read by Victor Cannillo: The simple truth is nobody knows what will happen when the election is over. No matter which candidate is elected President, historically, stocks will continue to rise and fall as they always have. This election will most likely be no different.

Right now, you might be hearing a lot of market commentary like “If Trump Wins…/If Clinton Wins…” We can be swayed to believe that because a certain president is elected, we should be making changes to our investment strategies and portfolios.

The number one thing to remember – always keep emotions out of investment decisions.

Keep in mind that we are not electing a king, but rather someone who will be in office at most 8 years, with a Congress and Senate that will account for checks and balances.

There might be some short-term volatility, but always remember that you are investing for the long-term, not just for the 4 to 8 years of a presidential term.  

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Baron Financial Group team.

The difference between buying versus leasing a vehicle

A 60-second read by Victor Cannillo:  The difference between buying versus leasing your next vehicle can be the difference of tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime.  Auto expenses can be one of your biggest annual expenses, so there is a lot to consider. Most buyers only focus on their monthly payment fee, and therefore lean towards leasing. But it is important to remember that monthly payments are only one part of the cost to having a car. Continue reading The difference between buying versus leasing a vehicle

How to File an Extension on Your 2015 Tax Return

A 60-second read by Victor Cannillo: Need more time to compile information for your tax return? Haven’t received all of the documents you need? It will be in your best interest to file a tax extension. This will extend the due date up until October 17, 2016.

How to file a Paper Tax Extension:

  • To file an extension, you are going to need to fill out Form 4868 [Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return]. You can download the form and instructions from the IRS website.                                                                                                                                  
  • With the form, you also need to send in at least 90% of your estimated tax liability due for the year.
    • To pay by check, mail the form with the check together.
      • Make the check out to United States Treasury. On the memo line, write your Social Security Number, Form 4868, and the tax year (2015). This way, they know that you are sending the check as part of your extension.
  • When mailing in the tax extension, it is highly recommended that you send it via certified mail or another method that provides you with a tracking number. The envelope needs to be postmarked by April 18th (April 19th, if you live in Maine or Massachusetts). Check the instructions portion of Form 4868 for the correct mailing address (it varies according to what state you reside in).

 To Prevent any Penalties:

  • Carefully read all instructions and follow all directions on Form 4868.
  • Correctly estimate your tax liability for the year and send in 90% of the amount due.

Miscellaneous tips:

  • It is possible to file your extension online. See the IRS website for more details.
  • If you ever feel unsure or concerned about the process, consult a Tax Professional to assist you.

Any other questions, contact the Baron Financial Group Team.

How to deal with the doomsayers during times of volatility in the market

A 60-second read by Victor Cannillo:  Financial doomsayers have been infiltrating the media for many decades, making those who listen to them become trapped by fear, and subsequently, make rash decisions with their money. Many have fallen victim to headlines like “Selling Everything Now!” and later regret it. The simple truth is, alarmists are primarily in the business so that they can sell their books and newsletters. If they really knew all the answers, why would they tell everyone? They prey on people’s financial worries for their own self-interest, so that they can make a profit. They are “selling fear” for their personal financial benefit…period. Continue reading How to deal with the doomsayers during times of volatility in the market

Baron Financial Hosts 6th Town Hall Meeting

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Anthony Benante (left) and Victor Cannillo of Baron Financial Group, speaking at the April 3, 2013 Town Hall Meeting

Baron Financial Group hosted their 6th annual Town Hall Meeting at the Fair Lawn Community Center in Fair Lawn.  Attendees listened to the Baron Principals speak about the efficiency of markets and the updates to taxes in 2013.  Ed Coyne, of Royce Funds, spoke about small-cap equities and how they can provide both diversification and return for clients’ portfolios. Baron’s clients, friends, and guests enjoyed the event, as well as the famous Baron desserts. Baron Financial Group, in honor of its clients and friends, donated to the Fair Lawn Food Pantry.  THM SLIDE