Monthly Archives: May 2022

FEATURE

Financial Planning for Immigrant Families with Dr. Daniel Crosby



Like many Americans, Iván Watanabe is a descendant of immigrants. He was born to a Venezuelan mother and a Japanese father, with an extended family on both sides. 

With the majority of his maternal family forced to leave Venezuela and his father’s family still living in Japan, Iván’s family grants him a unique insight as a financial planner.

In this episode, Dr. Daniel Crosby interviews Iván on financial planning and finances for immigrant families. Iván shares his personal experiences and the insights he’s gained from two different cultures. Plus, he reveals the impact both have had on his personal decisions.

Dr. Crosby and Iván discuss:

  • The power of saving and the value of financial skills when moving countries
  • Conflicts between culture and innovation
  • The financial struggle of real estate assets as a landlord 
  • Ways culture influences financial decisions
  • And more!

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About Dr. Daniel Crosby:

Educated at Brigham Young and Emory University, Dr. Daniel Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps organizations understand the intersection of the mind and markets. Dr. Crosby recently co-authored a New York Times Best-Selling book titled Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management.

He also constructed the “Irrationality Index,” a sentiment measure that gauges greed and fear in the marketplace from month to month. His ideas have appeared in the Huffington Post and Risk Management Magazine, as well as his monthly columns for WealthManagement.com and Investment News.




FEATURE

What You Should Know About Assets After Death with Rob Pruett



Even if you’re one of the over 50% of Americans who doesn’t enjoy planning for their death, starting a plan today will allow your beneficiaries to avoid the challenges caused by a lack of information and preparation.

In this episode, Iván Watanabe and Rob Pruett dive into one of the most important topics in financial planning: What happens to assets after death. Together, they share examples of dividing assets between spouses, the legalities of estate planning, and creating a legacy you can witness.

Rob discusses:

  • The importance of updating your executor and power of attorney
  • How assets can become locked up after death
  • Why you should start your legacy sooner rather than later
  • The shifting taxation of estate planning
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Robert P. Pruett has been a wealth advisor with Opus Private Client, LLC for 14 years performing planning for high-net-worth individuals, families, and business owners. Rob uses leading-edge advanced personal planning techniques to protect and maximize each client’s wealth, retirement, and estate plans. Rob also consults with 50-to-800-person firms to deliver high-value corporate benefit programs, with a special focus on delivering healthcare savings of 10-15% or more through Opus’ proprietary reimbursement program offering.

His specialties include asset management, institutional investing, tax planning, life insurance, disability, annuities, and long-term care insurance, corporate benefits programs, executive benefit programs, retirement, and estate planning, and legacy and charitable planning.


FEATURE

A Conversation Around Global Oil and Gas with Nikolaos Kontos



After severing oil trade with Russia, President Biden plans to increase U.S. oil production from 11.8 million barrels to 12.8 million. 

In the short-term, this will provide gas for individuals and farmers. However, the long-term outlook remains uncertain. 

In this episode, Iván Watanabe & George Papanicolaou join Nikolaos Kontos, head of operations at Concord Maritime. Sharing his maritime experience and knowledge of the global oil trade industry, Nikolaos reveals how countries buying and selling oil have been impacted by rising gas prices.

Nikolaos discusses:

  • His journey at Concord Maritime
  • How reserves and release of oil barrels will influence short- and long-term costs 
  • The impact of gas prices on farmers
  • Who might enter the energy market in the future
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Nikolaos Kontos serves as the director of operations at Concord Maritime. His responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s voyage management, vessel operations, bunker procurement, and post fixture functions. Niko has 15 years of industry experience and holds a US Coast Guard license as a Chief Mate of unlimited tonnage.