Gavin L. DiStasi's blog

La Dolce Vita

An interesting thing happened last week when the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined over 5% in a two-day period. Rather than being surprised, or alarmed, people in our little corner of the world, including many clients, seemed to respond with something more like acceptance or resignation. It’s as if it was merely a confirmation of what they had been expecting for some time.

MS Ride 2018 Wrap Up

On September 22nd & 23rd, for the fifth year running, Team Topel & DiStasi Wealth Management completed the two-day charity ride Waves to Wine 2018 in support of the National MS Society, and we just wanted to pass on a few thoughts and impressions of a great weekend on bikes and in the company of so many nice people all rallying for such a worthy cause.

Alimony & Acrimony

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, and rolled out to the American public, many of the provisions were widely known ahead of time, since they had been debated and argued over quite publicly in the preceding months. Much hand-wringing and scrutiny had occurred over many of the proposals, some of which made the cut, while others did not.

Join Topel & DiStasi Wealth Management at Bike MS: Waves to Wine 2018

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease which causes damage to the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and for which there is no known cure.

MS is a disease which has closely affected the families of multiple members of our firm here at TDWM, and so, for the fifth year running, Topel & DiStasi Wealth Management is thrilled to once again be sponsoring a cycling team in this year’s Bike MS: Waves to Wine charity ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on September 22-23rd, 2018.

Intellectual Humility and Investing

“I only invest in real estate because it’s tangible,” or “the stock market is just too risky,” are examples of statements we hear often from potential clients in initial meetings. This is particularly so when one spouse or partner, has been convinced by the other to meet with a financial advisor. The statements themselves don’t particularly bother me, since they contain both shreds of truth and potential red-flags, depending on the circumstances.