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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Throughout the years, I’ve enjoyed helping many organizations, both locally and globally. Part of my purpose is helping and mentoring others – and the Kern County Women in STEM group has been a wonderful way for me to...

Friday, September 24, 2021

I’ve been in the financial industry for over 33 years, so I’ve seen firsthand how much of the marketing for financial planning is usually targeted at the man of the house. However, my personal experience – and the...

Thursday, September 16, 2021

If you’ve been working over the last couple of decades, you’ve likely seen a lot of changes when it comes to retirement planning options. Our parents and grandparents often had pensions that would see them through...

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Life transitions are usually never fun. But here’s the thing: they’re inevitable. Transitions feel like an abnormal disruption to life, but in fact they are a predictable and integral part of it. While each change may be...

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

It seems like just yesterday that we were all breathing a cautious sigh of relief, hoping that the worst of Covid was behind us. Unfortunately…that might not be the case. We’re all hearing about or experiencing first-hand...

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

I feel like one of the “themes” that’s arisen in 2021 has been renewal. We spent a year living our lives in ways that were nothing like we’ve come to expect and through that experience we’ve learned a lot...

Monday, June 14, 2021

According to Self.com, “Finances is one of the main reasons that students drop out of college.” And that is a statement that hits close to home for me. My upbringing was one of scarcity. Starting from the age of 15, if I...

Friday, May 7, 2021

If you are or have ever been a business owner you know that it can be a lonely place to be. There are decisions that have to be made daily, often on your own, and without someone to bounce ideas off of (or even just vent to every once...

Monday, March 29, 2021

I’m just going to be frank: when it comes to aging, much of the burden falls on women. I’m not just talking about the role as a caregiver – although that is a major worry as those around us age. I’m also talking...

Friday, March 5, 2021

We are fortunate to live in a time where we have choices when it comes to our care and planning for the future. Some people take advantage of these options while others find it difficult to plan ahead.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

In our last two blogs, we’ve looked at the statistics on how the pandemic has affected women in Kern County and we’ve also taken a personal look at how this last year has affected us. Now it’s time to talk about what...

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

“(As of June 2020) Fifty-two percent of women workers have experienced one or more impacts to their employment situation as a result of the pandemic, including reduced work hours (24%), layoffs (16%), reduced salaries (13%),...

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

When it comes to women, work, and financial planning…Covid-19 was a blow we didn’t need. Pre-pandemic, the “average gender pay gap in the United States…was around 18.9%, meaning that a woman working a...

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Charpentier Wealth Strategies is not only dedicated to helping our clients with their financial futures, we’re also active in the community as well. That’s why when we find an organization that’s doing amazing things...

Monday, November 9, 2020

No matter where you stand on current issues, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: 2020 is a year none of us will forget. Almost everyone has felt some uncertainty at some point this year – whether it’s about...

Monday, October 19, 2020

Pension Lump-sum or Annuity? from Milan Torres on Vimeo.

Friday, October 2, 2020

“Downsizing” is a word that no one likes to hear or say. If you’re the deliverer, that means your company is likely going through an economic rough patch. If you’re the receiver, you know that your lifestyle...

Thursday, August 20, 2020

We’ve all been experiencing a lot of changes lately, but questions surrounding Social Security are nothing new. In the past, the uncertainty has been about its funding (we address that in this video: CLICK HERE), but with recent...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Is Social Security Going Broke? from Milan Torres on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Finding purpose and giving back to the community is a big part of our focus at Charpentier Wealth Strategies. That’s why I’m thrilled to highlight an organization right here in Kern County: JJ’s Legacy, a non-profit...

Friday, May 29, 2020

In my last blog post, I talked about a cause that I’m passionate about. Now, it’s time to talk about YOU and what you love to do. Here’s the thing: Retirement isn’t just about the money. It’s also about...

Friday, May 1, 2020

Let’s be honest; financial advisors are not always known for letting down their guards and inviting people to get to know them personally. But I feel like if I want to have a personal relationship with my clients, the...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

For this blog post, we asked local realtor Tami Workman how the current crisis is affecting how people buy and sell homes. For more about Tami, please read her bio at the end of this piece. The current crisis certainly affected the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

With the onset of the coronavirus and the uncertainty of the stock market, many investors are feeling on edge. But I have good news for you: we’ve been here before. While the details are different, a fluctuating stock market is...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I was not always the financial professional you see before you. In fact, there was a time when I didn’t know a retirement plan from a checking account. I was not raised in a home where money was discussed, which made the options...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In previous blog posts, I’ve talked about my passion for working with the organization Under His Umbrella and how the mission trips I’ve taken to Rwanda have not only affected my life, they’ve changed how I help my...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

There are two words that strike fear into the heart of every American: tax season. And, unfortunately, I can’t sugarcoat it for you – tax season isn’t fun for anyone. What I CAN do is help you make the most of your...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

There is a HUGE misconception out there that only the rich use financial advisors. The truth is that anyone at an any age can benefit from professional financial advice and the great news is that there are many options for you to...

Monday, January 6, 2020

As a financial advisor, I’ve gotten pretty good at not only looking at the numbers but looking at life as a whole. And that’s not just something I do with my clients; I practice what I preach and find ways to make my own...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

When it comes to retirement, most people are familiar with the “planning” part and less familiar with the “spending” part. Yes, you read that correctly: Retirement spending is also a factor in retirement...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Chances are you might have heard that open enrollment is upon us; from November 1st through December 15th, you have the option of changing your benefits. Again, you might already know that. But do you really know what that means? Many...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Women often face special challenges when planning for retirement. Because their careers may be interrupted more often to care for children or elderly parents, women may spend less time in the workforce and earn less money than men in...