Category Archives: Financial Planning


2023 Q1 Portfolio Process & Market Update with Eric Nahat

When it comes to short-term investing, there are a number of uncertainties that come along with it that may allow for more issues to pop up versus if you take a long-term strategic approach. Sometimes, when going through turmoil, a heads up, as well as a solid financial plan to fall back on, just might be your saving grace to not jump at the chance to pull out based on your fears in the market. 

In this episode, David Vallieres is joined by Eric Nahat to uncover the changes in the market since the beginning of the year, what that means for your portfolio, and how you can go about understanding these changes while looking forward to the third quarter. 

David Vallieres discusses,

  • How we approach investing through understanding the logic and the long-term benefits 
  • Proactive versus reactive investing and how it can benefit your portfolio 
  • How the market can currently be compared to prior shifts in history and how we can use that to determine the onset of where the market is headed 
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Eric Nahat holds dual roles working on the implementation of client investment portfolios and managing client financial planning and asset management relationships. As Director of the Synergy Investment Committee, Eric consults on the Synergy Strategy Portfolios with a focus on economic analysis and security selection.


Secure Act 2.0, How Does It Work? With Dr. Jeff Allen, CFP®

The Secure Act 2.0 is a 1.7 trillion dollar package, some of the features of the plan are very confusing, complex and broad, which is why it is recommended you talk with your advisor.

In this episode, David Vallieres talks with Dr. Jeff Allen, CFP®, to dissect the features of the Secure Act 2.0 on a high level and how it can benefit you.

Dr. Jeff Allen discusses:

  • Potentially significant changes with charitable distributions
  • The larger catch up for retirement contributions
  • Student loan payment matches beginning in 2024
  • And more

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Connect With Dr. Jeff Allen: 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Jeff Allen is a retired physician working as a financial advisor for Physicians, Dentists and other successful professionals with an understanding of their unique objectives. He focuses on helping my clients create financial freedom by creating a spending and investment plan to reach retirement goals. Additionally, he helps clients with college planning, investment management, insurance needs analysis and retirement planning. 


Looking Forward into 2023 with Eric Nahat

2022 threw just about every financial disruption it could at us. At this point, nothing should surprise us.

In this episode, David talks to Eric Nahat, Advisor & Director of the Investment Committee at Synergy Capital Solutions. Together they go over the events of the past year and look forward to 2023. They discuss the state of the markets along with what they think the markets will hold in the new year.

David and Eric discuss:

  • How 2022’s markets differ from the financial crisis of 2008
  • Strategies for making smart financial decisions going into 2023
  • The importance of not letting your emotions cloud your judgment
  • And more!

Connect with Eric Nahat:

About our guest:

Eric holds dual roles working on implementation of client investment portfolios and managing client financial planning and asset-management relationships. As Director of the Synergy Investment Committee, Eric consults on the Synergy Strategy Portfolios with a focus on economic analysis and security selection.

Previously, Eric worked for J.P. Morgan Private Bank where he assisted with high-net-worth families and institutions to monitor investment portfolios, model wealth projections, and provide investment solutions for their clients. He holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses as well as Life, Health and Variable Annuities Insurance licenses. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Eric lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He enjoys being involved in the community and spends his free time traveling the world, tasting the newest local cuisine and playing various sports, most notably hockey and golf.


Navigating The Holidays With Sarah Zvekan, Alex Burns and Jordann Andrusiak

The holidays are an exciting time of the year. Maybe you enjoy; spending time with friends and family, enjoying delicious food, or shopping for those best gifts.

In this episode, the team at Synergy Capital Solutions share some of their family traditions during the holidays and what they think about as they go through the holidays.

Members of Synergy Capital Solutions discuss:

  • The must-haves during the holidays
  • Favorite holiday foods to have with guests
  • The best gifts to be received or given
  • Where they shop for the best deals
  • How to spend an appropriate amount on gifts
  • And more

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Identifying Cybersecurity Threats With Sarah Khan

Staying up to date on phishing and vishing scams, malware, ransomware, and other computer threats is absolutely necessary to keep your finances and identity safe.

In this episode, David Vallieres talks with Sarah Khan, a chief information security officer at Hightower Advisor LLC, to discuss cybersecurity. Sarah dives into what cyber security is, the different types of cyber fraud to look out for, and shares some essential tips for keeping yourself safe online.

Sarah discusses:

  • What cyber fraud is, and the different techniques scammers are currently using to compromise security for financial accounts and computer systems
  • Some examples of different fraudulent money movement scenarios
  • 12 essential pieces of advice for staying safe online
  • And more


About Our Guest:

Sarah Khan was born and raised in Chicago and is naturally drawn to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at UIC in electrical engineering and then attended Northwestern University for her Master’s degree in computer sciences. Over the past 20 years, Sarah has been focused on technology and security, specifically in financial services, and is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Hightower Advisors and the Hightower Trust company.


2022 Q4 Market Update With Mark Burns and Eric Nahat

Are we currently in a recession or are we headed towards a recession? Because of the economic cycles and changes, there are always times where the market goes through good and bad periods, that’s one of the reasons why you need to be a long term investor.

In this episode, David Vallieres talks with Mark Burns and Eric Nahat from Synergy Capital Solutions to discuss the fourth quarter market update and what trends they have noticed over the past couple of months. 

Mark and Eric discuss:

  • Why your economic outlook should match your portfolio planning
  • Why long term investing is so effective
  • The Monte Carlo simulations and how you can use it to make predictions
  • And more


Planning For The Costs of College With Sarah Zvekan

According to CNBC, a college education is now the second largest expense that an individual is going to make in a lifetime. With college costs increasing, more families know they have to have a plan to pay for college than ever before.

In this episode, David Vallieres talks with Sarah Zvekan, to explain how parents can begin to plan for the costs of college. She also shares some tips for navigating this expensive event in a cost efficient manner. 

Sarah discusses:

  • The value in allowing your kids to contribute to their college fees
  • Why it’s worth checking if you qualify for financial aid
  • The benefits of gifting stocks to your children for college expenses
  • Reasons why you should try to avoid private loans
  • How to plan for education costs for different age groups
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Sarah Zvekan delights in working hand in hand with clients in developing their goals that drive their long-term financial plan. Sarah enjoys helping clients organize their financial life to lessen their burden and stress. She has a high level of proficiency in the financial planning platforms that are used to serve clients and is consistently willing to leverage specialized tools to empower clients to accomplish their goals.


Controlling Your Budget and Spending With Alex Burns, CFP®

It is vital to control your finances with all the uncertainty in the markets.

In this episode, David Vallieres talks with Alex Burns, an advisor at Synergy Capital Solutions. Alex explains the importance of controlling your spending and details how your savings should be organized for the short, medium, and long term.

Alex discusses:

  • What can be truly controlled by investors
  • The three-step process of saving
  • Why time in the market is better than timing the market
  • And more

Connect With Alex Burns:

About Our Guest:

Alex Burns, CFP®, began his business career as a sales account manager for Symantec Corporation and its subsidiary Veritas. He brings deep database knowledge to Synergy Capital Solutions and enjoys working alongside his father, mother and sister. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University.


2022 Q2 Market Update With Eric Nahat

It can help to focus on logic and long term planning since the markets are constantly changing.

In this episode, David Vallieres talks with Eric Nahat, an advisor and director of the investment committee at Synergy Capital Solutions about the second quarter of 2022. They discuss the possible economic indicators and their impacts on the economy. While explaining their market projections in the face of a possible recession in the short term.

Eric discusses:

  • How GDP numbers for the first quarter shocked to the downside
  • Five ways the odds of a recession are rising
  • A recap of what’s been happening with the performance of the markets
  • What’s next for equities
  • And more!

Connect With Eric Nahat:

About Our Guest:

Eric Nahat holds dual roles working on implementation of client investment portfolios and managing client financial planning and asset-management relationships. As Director of the Synergy Investment Committee, Eric consults on the Synergy Strategy Portfolios with a focus on economic analysis and security selection.


The Growing Business of Insurance with Dr. Jeffrey Allen, CFP®

When it comes to financial planning, insurance is a necessary evil in planning for your future. 

In this episode, David Vallieres chats once more with Dr. Jeffrey Allen, CFP®, on insurance and risk management within financial planning while discussing options for long term coverage.

Dr. Jeffrey discusses:

  • How he mitigates risk for his clients
  • The different types of insurance
  • Long term care insurance options
  • And more!

About Our Guest:

Dr. Jeffrey Allen, CFP®, entered the financial service industry 15 years ago following his vast experience in the medical industry. Jeff is our team specialist in working with medical practices, closely held corporations and families to provide wealth management solutions. He focuses on developing a coordinated wealth creation and preservation plan to help with investment planning issues often encountered by medical professionals. As a certified physician, Jeff brings a distinct perspective and experience to these client needs.