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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

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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.


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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.




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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

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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.




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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

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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.




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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

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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.


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Integrating Social Security Into Your Planning Process With Dr. Jeffrey Allen, CFP®



Having a solid understanding of Social Security is vital to supporting a successful wealth strategy. It helps to have a clear picture of when to start collecting and how much you will be receiving to maximize your benefits and retirement.

In this episode of Your Financial Plan-It, David Vallieres chats with Dr. Jeffrey Allen, CFP®, to discuss the importance of your Social Security and the benefits to integrating it into your planning process.

Dr. Jeffrey discusses:

  • A overview of Social Security
  • The benefits of Social Security
  • What are survivor benefits and how it works
  • And more

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About Our guest:

Jeff 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. 




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2022 Q1 Market Update With Eric Nahat



There is always going to be uncertainty in the market with all the moving parts, not only within the economy but equities and fixed income.

In this episode, David Vallieres chats with Eric Nahat, an advisor and director of the investment committee at Synergy Capital Solutions to provide you with a 2022 quarter one market update. They also share what could lie ahead in the market for the next quarter.

Eric discusses:

  • A quick recap of what’s been happening in the market this year
  • What he is seeing ahead for equities and why diversification is important
  • Why fixed income has had a tough start to the year
  • And more

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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.




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Are ESGs the New Way to Make Investment Decisions? with Jeff Allen and Eric Nahat



More and more investors are making decisions based on non-financial factors. These factors may have an even larger impact on your investments than the finances.

In this episode, David Vallieres is joined by Jeff Allen, director of planning solutions, and Eric Nahat, advisor and director of the investment committee at Synergy Capital Solutions. David, Jeff and Eric discuss why ESGs are becoming so popular, take a look into the history of ESGs, and discuss where they think they may be going in the future. They also share why you may want to consider a company’s ESG files before investing.

David, Jeff, and Eric discuss:

  • The different aspects of ESG investing
  • Why investors are looking into company’s ESGs before deciding to invest
  • The history behind ESGs and where they may go in the future
  • And more!

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Women and Wealth: How DEI Leads to Profitability with Leslie Davis



In addition to being the “right thing to do,” diversity, equity, and inclusion can actually help your organization become more profitable.

In this episode, David Vallieres and Jordann Andrusiak are joined by Leslie Davis, the CEO of National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). They discuss how Synergy Capital Solutions and NAMWOLF aim to achieve their common goal of helping women and other minorities thrive in the legal profession and beyond.

Leslie discusses:

  • How you can tap into NAMWOLF’s country-wide network of first rate law firms
  • NAMWOLF’s comprehensive vetting process for its member law firms
  • How DEI drives efficiencies and leads to more creative solutions
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Leslie Davis, the CEO of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), is reputed as a business strategist with deep legal knowledge and ability to align business, operations, and strategies to meet key objectives while supporting growth. She delivers significant financial impact to organizations by identifying opportunities to drive business forward. Leslie is a respected leader and trusted advisor with a strong business mindset and legal background providing a foundation for driving business objectives in competitive environments. The leadership she brings results in meeting goals while enjoying collaborative team dynamics and enhanced organizational engagement and culture.


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Economic Trends and Market Updates for 2021 – Q4 and Beyond With Eric Nahat



If you are curious about the latest economic trends and future market expectations (both for equities and fixed income), then this episode is for you!

In this episode, David Vallieres and Eric Nahat provide key performance statistics for the markets in the first 3 quarters of 2021, and share insights into what investors should expect in 2021-Q4 and beyond.

David and Eric discuss:

  • How the Delta Variant and supply chain pressures are affecting the global economy
  • The potential impact of Federal Reserve’s “tapering” on inflation
  • Why international investors should be careful of China’s highly leveraged housing sector
  • And more!

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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. With a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Eric also holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses as well as Life, Health and Variable Annuities Insurance licenses.