Matthew V. Pixa is the President and founder of My Portfolio Guide, LLC. My Portfolio Guide is an independent, fee-only (non-commission) Registered Investment Advisory firm based in the state of California. My Portfolio Guide offers customized investment guidance focused on the needs of individuals from all stages and walks of life. Matt’s curiosity and passion for investing began during the stock market crash of 1987. Being a new investor without any guidance and coupled with the dramatic events of that period, an interest and passion for becoming a student of the markets was born. Matt later studied Economics and earned a Bachelor’s degree while also competing as a student-athlete for California State University Long Beach. After advancing his career for 12 years he decided to return to business school and further his education by earning an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Matt was trained and worked as an investment advisor for several of the largest and most widely respected brokerages on Wall Street as well as one of the most eminent private wealth management firms in the nation. Early on in his financial career, he learned that most “advisors” are actually not trained to give unbiased investment advice. Many simply get licensed and then are employed as salespeople to pitch products or build a book of business that is only scalable by outsourcing the relationship to others. It becomes a numbers game and what typically gets left behind is the best interest of the client. Matt lives in Seal Beach, CA with his wife Cecilia, daughter Isabel, and son Lance. He enjoys coaching youth sports for his children’s teams and also competes in Ironman triathlons as a way to stay fit, disciplined, and blow off any left over energy…
Matthew R. Blake is a Principal of My Portfolio Guide, LLC and leads the Rocky Mountain Division. He is based in the Denver office and serves clients across the country. Matt grew up in the investment business and has seen it change drastically over the years. His father has worked in the financial industry his entire career and it was with his influence that Matt has spent the last 20 years of his life gaining experience and expanding his career. Matt grew up in Evergreen, CO and has ties to Southern California where he met business partner Matt Pixa in the 1990's. Both partners competed athletically in college and understand the balances between academics and the demands of being a disciplined athlete. Matt Blake competed as a varsity water polo player and swimmer in Southern California and then completed his studies at Colorado State University. After earning his degree, Matt worked in the private sector and then decided to enter the financial industry by learning from some of the most eminent names on Wall Street. He was trained and licensed at Prudential Securities where he worked primarily with affluent individuals and business owners, managing diverse portfolios. From there Matt excelled on the management side of the financial services industry, he assisted with opening and managing a retail branch with Charles Schwab & Company in the Denver Tech Center area where he was a member of the Circle of Excellence. He then assisted with creating and managing a national sales team at Jackson National Life in the Denver area. After gaining valuable experience in the insurance side of the business Matt went back to his core strength of working with individuals and personally guiding them through their complex financial lives. He joined a Denver based RIA firm in 2005 and was a member of the team that drove the firm to national recognition for growth and client retention through some very challenging economic environments. The last several years he has been recognized as a "Five Star Advisor" in the financial industry, placing him in the top 7% of advisors in the entire industry. Combining the experiences of retail and institutional financial services, insurance planning and portfolio management, led Matt to the position of Principal with My Portfolio Guide, LLC where he can provide all of this at the most ethical and highest service levels possible. Matt Blake lives in Littleton, CO with his two active children, Jackson and Campbell. Along with several outdoor interests (fly fishing, camping, skiing, etc.) Matt and his family are actively involved in their local church, the Denver community, youth sports and The PheoPara Troopers organization.
Retired, have invested since I was 19, generally done fair. Now focusing more on dividends than in the past. Am married, active (golf mostly). Spent 53 years selling insurance to businesses, teaching other agents, speaking and writing about insurance. Do tend to analize things to death. Tend to read financial statements before anything else and certainly before investing. Not a Graham type, but do lean toward it.Stocks must have decent cash flows. Regular science fiction reader.
I am a retired "Market Enthusiast", who will leave this world, after many more years and despite my misgivings and at times VERY UNSURE behavior, better than I found it because I wasn't in charge!
I studied Finance and Economics at the University of Vermont before moving to Philadelphia to pursue a career in finance. I've spent the last four years working at one of the largest investment banks as a Mutual Fund Analyst but maintain a passion for personal investing.