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John Hakopian, President, First Foundation Advisors

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Mr. Hakopian oversees the vision, strategy, operations and development of investment management services for the firm. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with his focus on results, exceptional interpersonal skills, and ability to emphasize people’s core needs continue to drive First Foundation’s management success as the regions’ leading independent wealth advisory firm. Having been with First Foundation since its inception in 1990, Mr. Hakopian has been closely involved in developing and delivering the firm’s investment services. He became President in 2009. Mr. Hakopian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in economics in three years from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.

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Santorini Switchbacks

Santorini: the most famous of the Greek islands, with its crescent-shaped caldera, high cliffs draped by picturesque whitewashed villages, and stunning views of the volcanic islands and the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, can quite confidently lay claim to being one of the most beautiful places in the world. There’s really only one way to get there: by boat (or cruise ship). And once you arrive at the ferry port, to get to the top ridge of..

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Market Action Update: Stormy Weather

The stock market rebounded Monday morning after last Friday’s wild ride. Investors are breathing a sigh of relief after President Trump made some constructive comments on the trade negotiations with China during a press conference at the G7 meeting in France. However, we can’t declare that we’re out of the woods just yet. The sharp sell-off in stocks last Friday was caused by a dramatic escalation of the trade war between the U.S. and China...

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Market Action Update: The Hawks Take the Upper Hand

As of this writing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged over 750 points. The NASDAQ and S&P 500 are both down close to 3%. Today’s decline is coming on the heels of last week’s 3% drop in the equity markets. Prior to last week, the markets had been flying high. Why the sudden change of sentiment?

The volatility began last week with the Fed’s move to lower interest rates. While the Fed’s decision to cut rates by a quarter of a..

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