Victoria Cannillo earns the CFA Investment Foundations® Certificate

  A 30-second read by the Baron Team: At Baron Financial Group, we are committed to education and further advancing our knowledge of the industry to best serve our clients.

In November 2018, one of our Baron team members, Victoria Cannillo, earned the CFA Institute Investment Foundations® certificate from the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Institute to help with her role as a financial analyst as well as a member of our internal investment committee. Victoria dedicated approximately four months to learn and study the program material which culminated in a 2-hour exam.

According to the CFA Institute, “The CFA Institute Investment Foundations® Program covers the essentials of finance, ethics, and investment roles, providing a clear understanding of the global investment industry.” To read what the specific topics of the program curriculum are, click here.

To learn more about the CFA Institute and the Investment Foundations program click here. To learn more about Baron Financial Group, contact us at 201-791-6408 or at info@baron-financial.com.

 

Baron Financial Group Attends 2018 Washington D.C. Schwab Impact Educational Conference

A 30-second read by the Baron Team:  Baron Financial Group strives to stay up-to-date on the current information and newest advancements available in the financial industry regarding financial planning and investment management, practice management, and security. To that end, Baron Team members attended the 2018 Schwab Impact, held in Washington, D.C. from October 28th – 31st, the financial industry’s largest gathering of experts and visionaries. 

Baron advisors Victor Cannillo, Anthony Benante and Nicholas Scheibner joined the four-day event attending educational sessions on wealth management, client experience, firm operations and other topics vital to our ever-changing industry.  Included among the myriad of thought leaders and keynote speakers was Janet L. Yellin, former Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2014-2018).

Economic and governmental policies are dynamic; attending industry conferences helps us to remain current so that we may continue to provide a valuable service to our clients.

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Nicholas Scheibner, Anthony Benante & Victor Cannillo at Schwab Impact 2018

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Responsible Guidance: What to Do If Your Email Has Been Hacked

A 30-second read by the Baron Team:

How do you know if your email has been hacked?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), your email may have been hacked if:

  • Your family and friends tell you that they received emails from you that you didn’t send
  • You are unable to login to your email
  • Your sent folder shows emails you never wrote or sent, or your sent folder is empty, etc.

What are the next steps if you have been hacked?

If you think that your email has been hacked, the FTC recommends these five steps:

  1. Make sure you have security software on your computer & remove any malware
  2. Change your passwords
  3. See what information is available from your email provider about how to restore your account
  4. Check account settings for anything unfamiliar
  5. Let friends and family know that you are having issues with your email so they know to ignore any messages with links, etc. that might come from your email.

To read more tips from the FTC on this topic, click here.

For more information on Cybersecurity, please view our
Personal Cybersecurity Webinar.

Please reach out to your Baron Team with any questions.

Responsible Guidance: Tips to avoid Phishing Scams

A 60-second read by the Baron Team: It is not uncommon to turn on the news or read an article and hear about a new scam or hacking event. In the past, we have discussed tips to avoid phone scams and provided information about the Equifax data breach. Our Personal Cybersecurity webinar also contains helpful information. Below please find some phishing-scam tips provided by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). Baron Financial Group is a proud Fee-Only NAPFA firm, committed to providing financial education.

To learn more about NAPFA, click here.

  • Be cautious about opening attachments or clicking on links in emails. Even your colleague or friends’ accounts could be hacked. Files and links can contain malware that can weaken your computer’s security.
  • Do your own typing. If a company or organization you know sends you a link or phone number, don’t click. Use your favorite search engine to look up the website or phone number yourself. Even though a link or phone number in an email may look legitimate, scammers can hide the true destination.
  • Make the call if you’re not sure. Do not respond to any emails that request personal or financial information. Phishers use pressure tactics and prey on fear. If you think a company, friend or family member really does need personal information from you, pick up the phone and call them yourself using the number on their website or in your address book, not the one in the email.
  • Turn on two-factor authentication. For accounts that support it, two-factor authentication requires both your password and an additional piece of information to log in to your account. The second piece could be a code sent to your phone, or a random number generated by an app or a token. This protects your account even if your password is compromised. As an extra precaution, you may want to choose more than one type of second authentication (e.g. a PIN) in case your primary method (such as a phone) is unavailable.
  • Back up your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up your files regularly to protect yourself against viruses or a ransomware attack.
  • Keep your security up to date. Use security software you trust, and make sure you set it to update automatically.
  • Report phishing emails and texts.
    • Forward phishing emails to spam@uce.gov – and to the organization impersonated in the email. Your report is most effective when you include the full email header, but most email programs hide this information. To ensure the header is included, search the name of your email service with “full email header” into your favorite search engine.
    • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.
    • Visit Identitytheft.gov. Victims of phishing could become victims of identity theft; there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.

You can also report phishing emails to reportphishing@apwg.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group – which includes ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies – uses these reports to fight phishing.

For any further questions, please contact the Baron team