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Paul Seal

Ascendant Wealth Strategies
Fairfax, VA

As the President and Owner of Ascendant Wealth Strategies, Inc., Paul Seal knows a thing or two about helping his clients meet their financial needs. His 15-year career in the financial services industry began as a passion for helping people pursue their goals, and he takes pride in delivering the personalized attention that is often lost in larger firms. Ultimately, Paul’s goal is to ensure that each one of his clients achieves the peace of mind that only comes with financial preparedness, and he is grateful for the opportunity to guide his clients and their families towards that stability.

When he’s not helping clients prepare for their financial future, Paul spends his time traveling with his wife and two sons. He is also  involved with his local church, his son's Little League teams, and their Cub Scout pack.  He's a big supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, having obtained his Eagle Scout Award in 1983. He firmly believes that the values in both of these organizations are instrumental to financial planning: One should always be prepared, be a great team mate, and ready to serve the community!

Download my chapter "The Insurance Company Will Keep All Your Money When You Die"  from the Best-Selling book Momma's Secret Recipe for Retirement Success!

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  • Five Reasons the Pandemic May Be a Good Thing for Your Retirement

    Finding the Silver Lining of COVID-19 There is no disputing that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a tragic event for millions. Illness, death, job loss, fear, and a world essentially shut down for weeks on end has wreaked havoc – and it isn’t over just yet. Truly, the negative impacts of this global health crisis […]

  • The CARES Act Has Changed 2020 RMD Rules

    When President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, he enacted the largest aid package in American history.[i] One important impact is that Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for 2020 are, in essence, suspended. In this way, the federal government chose to sacrifice short-term tax revenue in order to […]

  • Financial Literacy Month, Coronavirus and Financial Resilience

    Beginning 16 years ago, April was declared Financial Literacy Month as part of a strategy to enhance and increase nationwide financial literacy. It was implemented with the hope that it would lead to increased government advocacy of financial literacy programs, as well as spark more interest in programming already offered through schools, non-profit organizations, and […]

  • Scams Abound Amid Pandemic Panic

    Sadly, as is the case in any crisis, there are those among us who are looking to capitalize on cruelty and take advantage of heightened vulnerabilities. Hackers are trying to lure victims to click on COVID-19 related hyperlinks that contain malicious software and other computer viruses. In some cases, these scams look like official messages […]

  • CARES Act Signed into Law –Brings Relief to Millions of Americans

    On March 27 the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to address the unprecedented public health and economic crisis related to COVID-19. This $2 trillion bill is meant to impact both individuals and businesses and contains significant tax-savings measures. It could affect prior tax years while also […]

  • Tax News: IRS Announces Extended Deadline for 2019 Tax Returns

    Americans Can Defer for 90 Days As we continue to face uncertain times, the IRS has made a welcome announcement. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has announced that the IRS has decided to extend the filing and payment deadline for 2019 tax returns, allowing taxpayers to defer until July 15. Mnuchin indicated this move will put $300 billion […]

  • How to Remain Hopeful and Keep Perspective During the Covid-19 Outbreak

    We are facing something we have never faced before in our lifetimes. That is a fact and, in time, when the news of the pandemic spreading and the recommendations on social distancing getting broader by the day, it can be hard to feel certain or safe about anything. Although Peak Financial clients have benefitted tremendously […]

  • Coronavirus: What the Viral Epidemic Means for Investors

    Volatile Markets and the Ongoing Spread of the Virus are Causing Economic Uncertainty

    Last week saw the worst week on Wall Street since 2008, as the Dow fell into correction likely due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, commonly called novel coronavirus. A market correction is a nerve-wracking event for investors, but the current uneasiness in the markets is no cause for panic.

    Market Impact

    While the spread of COVID-19 is atypical, a market correction is not. In fact, it’s an entirely normal process, and not altogether unexpected after experiencing the longest-running bull market on record. There have been 22 market corrections since 1974, and they are aptly named because the market usually “corrects” itself and returns prices to their longer-term trends. While the coronavirus is likely to cause economic impact into at least the second quarter of 2020, historically, Wall Street’s reaction to these types of epidemics has been short-lived, including in the recent past.

  • Four Reasons to Think Twice Before Buying a Vacation Home

    When you spend most of your year toiling away at work, it’s natural to want to make the most of your vacation time. For many Americans, this means dreaming of the opportunity to own a vacation home where they can relax and recharge, while possibly earning rental income, too.

    Before you pull the trigger on your own vacation home, however, you may want to think twice. While it certainly offers the opportunity for enjoyment and making meaningful memories, vacation homes also come with a few drawbacks.

  • Selling a Business Provides Unique Philanthropic Opportunities

    The opportunity to sell your family business might represent the pinnacle of your life’s work – and possibly the work of generations of family before you, as well. It can be an even more meaningful experience when you use the sale as an opportunity to achieve your philanthropic objectives, which is possible with proper business […]