Cops 4 Causes Golden Ticket Program Helps Foster Children

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Cops 4 Causes Golden Ticket

A diversely experienced financial executive, Darin Pastor maintains responsibilities as CEO and principal of the Capstone Financial Group subsidiary Capstone Affluent Strategies. Outside of his professional pursuits, Darin Pastor has supported the work of several charitable organizations, including Cops 4 Causes.

As the first nonprofit of its kind, Cops 4 Causes brings together a community of law enforcement officers, public security personnel, and members of the general public who are looking to engage in philanthropic work. In order to serve the needs of various local groups, the organization runs a number of support initiatives, including the Golden Ticket program.

Held in collaboration with foster family agencies and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, the Cops 4 Causes Golden Ticket program aims to enrich the lives of foster children and their families. The organization regularly pairs these youths with first responders and military members, who accompany them on community outings: twice a month, Cops 4 Causes invites program participants to local events such as theater shows, educational seminars, and sporting events.

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The FINRA Series 51 Exam


A longtime investment professional, Darin Pastor held an executive position with Chase Investment Services Corp. prior to assuming his current role as the chief executive officer of Capstone Affluent Strategies. Darin Pastor has completed study at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 51 certification.

In collaboration with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), which promotes a fair municipal market through the regulation of advisory and municipal series activities, FINRA offers the Series 51 examination to broker/dealer managers who previously have attained either the Series 24 or Series 26 certification. FINRA Series 51 covers a variety of topics, including the management of those who advertise and sell municipal fund securities.

A 90-minute exam, FINRA Series 51 consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Candidates must successfully answer at least 42. The exam costs $255, and candidates may not bring any reference materials into the examination room.

What are the Benefits of the Wharton Certificate of Professional Development Circle

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Wharton Certificate of Professional Development

Finance executive Darin Pastor is the chief executive officer and principal at the California based wealth management firm Capstone Affluent Strategies. A former executive for JP Morgan Chase and Prudential, Darin Pastor also holds an MBA degree and is a fellow of the Wharton School of Business where he has attended executive education courses.

The Wharton School of Business is a college under the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education located in Philadelphia. Wharton hosts over 10,000 business people each year in its executive education courses, which includes the Certificate of Professional Development program. The program includes tracks in strategy, finance, and leadership, and offers a range of benefits including:

Education in innovative and strategic business solutions
A 20% discount on all Wharton Executive Education courses
A subscription to the quarterly publication, the Wharton Magazine
Membership in the Certificate of Professional Development Circle and a profile published on the related website
A 10% discount for another person referred to the program

Reasons to Diversify Your Investment Portfolio

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Darin Pastor

The former owner of American Mortgage Affiliates and past senior vice president of Chase Investment Services Corp., Darin Pastor now leverages more than 20 years of financial experience to the benefit of his clients at Capstone Affluent Strategies. Darin Pastor helps clients reach their financial goals through the implementation of a range of strategies, including portfolio diversification.

Here are two reasons investors should maintain diverse portfolios:

1. Consistent returns. By investing in a range of asset classes, portfolios are less susceptible to major losses from market volatility or underperformance in a specific sector. This results in more consistent returns over long periods of time.

2. Risk reduction. Though all investment strategies come with a certain level of risk, diversification, particularly into fixed-income assets, keeps the risk to a minimum. Diverse portfolios rarely lose all of their value due to market fluctuations, which makes them ideal for investors who wish to preserve capital and enjoy long-term growth without taking on too much risk.