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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or getting to know the team at Varra Financial,  you can read about it here. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Most of the country might still be in the throes of the winter, but after extreme cold throughout many parts of the United States, thankfully the weather has warmed up. Stocks followed a similar path, warming up in January after a...

 

Monday, January 14, 2019

It’s a new year and resolutions are in place, but investors in the financial markets may be struggling to find their optimism. The past several weeks have been very difficult, as the stock market sell-off resulted in the worst...

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

After a mixed first half of the year and a solid third quarter, stock markets weakened considerably in the closing weeks of 2018. Turmoil in the financial markets is never a pleasant experience for investors, and that’s why we...

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Are you contemplating a venture into the real estate market? If so, can you comfortably say that you are fully equipped to succeed in such a volatile industry? It’s true that the property market is one of the biggest and most...

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The potential outcomes of the midterm elections have been dominating the news cycle lately, and we know from history that the markets typically do not like uncertainty. With the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives...

 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Some alterations to the Internal Revenue Code were less publicized than others. Late last year, federal tax laws underwent sweeping changes. Nearly a year later, you can be forgiven for not keeping up with them all. Here is a look at...

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

We tracked down some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the process of obtaining a loan for your home purchase. What is the difference between working with a commercial bank or credit union and working...

 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Much to the chagrin of children, we are at that time of year when students go back to school. In the spirit of this occasion I thought I would write my own version of a book report on an industry classic The Millionaire Next Door. I...

 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Can a child inherit an IRA? The answer is yes, though they cannot legally own the IRA and its invested assets. Until the child turns 18 (or 21, in some states), the inherited IRA is a custodial account, managed by an adult on behalf of ....

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

We do financial planning… yeah but what does that mean? Shortly after making the decision to join Varra Financial Associates I found myself having conversations with friends and family about the services we provide. I would...

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This vital investment account question should be answered sooner rather than later. Investment firms have a new client service requirement. You should provide the name and information of a trusted contact

 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Have you ever heard of Questival? Melodie Scalf, one of our financial advisors participated in this 24 hour event that is a cross between an adventure race and a treasure hunt. The challenge? To check as many things off a list of 200...

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A wise man once said “A fool and his money are soon separated…. the rest of us wait until we file our taxes”. For most of us taxes make up a considerable amount of our expenses and can for many be the largest expense...

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Saver's Credit is a special tax break for part-time, low-income, and moderate-income workers. Do you work part-time, or earn less than $65,000 a year? If so, you might be eligible to fully or partly claim the Saver’s Credit...

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A couple weeks ago we had a major milestone come and go without much fanfare or attention. In an article published by CNN Money on March 9th 2018 they claimed “The most devastating bear market since the Great Depression ended...

 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Announcement! We are happy to introduce the newest member of the Varra Financial Team, Cameron Dunford. Cameron has come on board as another advisor with Varra Financial. He comes to us with a comprehensive background in insurance,...

 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Money. It's hard to get and easy to lose. It doesn't take long for the wealth you've accumulated to disappear if you don't manage your money well or have a plan to protect your assets from sudden calamity. Snares like the ones...

 

Friday, November 10, 2017

How can you protect yourself against ransomware, phishing, and other tactics? Imagine finding out that your computer has been hacked. The hackers leave you a message: if you want your data back, you must pay them $300 in bitcoin. This...

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

We are pleased to share some exciting news about the future of our business. Effective December 1, the financial professionals of Varra Financial Associates will be part of LPL Financial’s national network of independent...

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Melodie Scalf has been providing top-notch service for our clients since 2014. She is currently in the process of obtaining additional securities and insurance licensing to become a Financial Advisor. What gets you up and going every...

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Quite often, caregivers are not able to live near the loved ones who they are supporting. Most often these caregivers are adult children, but they come in many forms. Regardless, those who live a great distance from their elderly loved ....

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Have you been affected? If so, how can you try to protect yourself? On September 7, credit reporting agency Equifax dropped a consumer bombshell. It revealed that cybercriminals had gained access to the personal information of as many...

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Today’s investing landscape is making history in many ways. In the beginning of the year, the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ all had record highs. In 2017, the Fed finally started to raise interest rates after going almost a...

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

I get asked all the time, “Is refinancing really a good idea?” If you have been wondering this yourself, it’s time for a “Mortgage Check Up" For some this may seem overwhelming as you remember back to the loan...

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

When you see online ads or TV commercials about retirement planning, do they ever show baby boomer couples arguing? No.

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Long term care planning is absolutely necessary for Americans today. Because of recent developments and challenges thrown their way, so many individuals are at a high risk of facing long term care costs without the proper resources....

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Do you really want to risk facing these potential outcomes? Saving for retirement may seem a thankless task. But you may be thanking yourself later. Putting away a percentage of one’s income, money that could be used for any...

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sometimes when I’m at a social event, and the person I’m talking to discovers I’m an estate planning attorney, I get this question: “When my grandma (or mom, father, uncle) died my sister (or brother, cousin,...

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tax season is in full swing… and tax scams are everywhere. How can you can tell if a crook is claiming to be the I.R.S. in an effort to steal your money or personal information? Watch for these giveaways.

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

When Gina Varra started her career, she didn’t necessarily imagine a future in financial services. However, after transitioning into her father-in-law’s practice, she was pleasantly surprised by how much she loved working...

 

Friday, November 11, 2016

In Part One of “What we do at Varra Financial”, we shared how we are comprehensive Financial Planners who look at goals, strategies, and actions to provide advice to you. Our process is personal, guided by high level...

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

We at Varra Financial are part of a profession generally known as Financial Services. To distinguish us from banks, mortgage lenders, and check cashing firms, we are Financial Advisors...

 
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