15 years and counting...

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Do you remember the start of 2008?

We sure do.

Trouble was brewing in the markets, but no one knew we were in store for the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

That summer, we (Chad and Cami) were still adjusting to married life and our move to Bend, and regardless of what was going on in the markets, we knew we wanted to offer clients something better — unbiased, transparent, and truly comprehensive financial planning.  That meant it was time to leave the insurance/investment firm we worked for.

Yes, we look a bit dorky, but this was us in 2008!

With a six-month old baby at home and Cami cutting back to part-time work as she cared for our daughter, we left the corporate world and went independent, opening the doors of Eagle Wealth Management in July 2008.

Then September hit

This Day in Crisis History: Sept. 15-16, 2008 - WSJ

Talk about timing!

  • The government seized control of Fannie & Freddie
  • Lehman Brothers collapsed
  • The government bailed out AIG

Needless to say, the economy was in a freefall.

It was beyond stressful, but as they say, there’s never a “right time” to start your own business.

There were many sleepless nights (not just because of our young children) over the next couple of years as the Great Recession took its toll on everyone and was more known for closing down businesses than being a great time to start a new one.

Why the trip down memory lane?  Because last week marked our 15th anniversary!  From just the two of us, we’re now a team of fifteen, offering everything from financial planning, wealth management, tax planning and preparation, and more!

How did we get here?  It wasn’t because of massive advertising campaigns — it’s the support and trust our amazing clients placed in us.

Thank you for partnering with us, referring your friends and family to us, and helping us build Eagle Wealth into the company we have today.  Here’s to 15 more years – and beyond!

To celebrate, here are a few photos from the last decade-and-a-half. We hope you enjoy!

With Gratitude,

Chad and Cami Staskal, founders of Eagle Wealth

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2008 – Our first Eagle Wealth office.

2010 – Our team started growing…

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2015 – ...and growing...

2016 – ...and growing!

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2016 – Client Appreciation Luau party

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2019 – time for a larger office

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2020 – made it through remote work during Covid

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2022 – We formed a tax team (2021) and began to officially celebrate the end of tax season

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2022 – Continued to support Habitat for Humanity through sponsorship


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2022 Holiday Party – Look how big the team is!


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2023 – Pole, Pedal, Paddle

2023 - Chad & Cami – a bit older, and hopefully wiser too!


How To Use Coffee Grounds In Your Garden

Not only does coffee give us the caffeine some of us need to power through the day, but it can also give your garden the boost it needs to grow and thrive!  Coffee grounds can improve your soil, deter pests, and give your plants the necessary nutrients.  Cami experienced this firsthand while growing up in Silverton, Oregon.  Her mom attributed her beautiful roses to the coffee grounds she threw on the soil!

To add coffee grounds to your garden, you can add them to your existing compost material or directly to the soil itself. Coffee grounds are “green” composting materials that are rich in nitrogen. Because of this, ensure you balance your compost with brown materials such as newspaper, cardboard, or dead plant material.

If you add the grounds directly to the soil, sprinkle them evenly rather than dump them in piles so they can expel nitrogen into the soil. Want to know more? Check out this article from The Spruce. 

Tip adapted from The Spruce7


The Week on Wall Street

Stocks moved to the rhythm of earnings season last week, initially rising on positive earnings surprises and faltering later in the week on key earnings disappointments. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.08%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 0.69%. The Nasdaq Composite Index slumped 0.57% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, slipped 0.32%.1, 2, 3

Earnings in Focus

Entering its first big week of the second quarter earnings season, solid reports from the nation’s big banks rewarded investor optimism, sparking a rally that continued into mid-week.  An announcement by a mega-cap tech company of a new AI subscription plan, and stabilizing deposits at several regional banks, further fed investor enthusiasm.

Disappointing earnings from two big-tech names dragged market indices lower on Thursday, with the largest losses in the Nasdaq composite.  Despite the reversal, 20 stocks in the S&P 500 touched 52-week highs on Thursday, with 11 reaching all-time highs.4

Stocks closed flat to end an otherwise mixed week.

Housing Hits a Bump

June housing reports reminded investors that any emerging housing recovery remains shaky.  After a massive 21.7% jump in housing starts in May, new home construction tumbled 8.0% in June, with building permits (an indicator of future home construction) dropping 3.7%.5

Sales of existing homes were also lower in June, declining by 3.3%, owing to a persistently low inventory level.  This was the slowest pace since January.  Year-over-year sales were lower by 18.9%.  One reason for low inventory is that homeowners have been reluctant to sell homes on which many have a historically low mortgage rate and face buying a new home at elevated prices with a much higher mortgage interest rate.6

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1. The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2023.

2. The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2023.

3. The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2023.

4. CNBC, July 20, 2023.

5. Yahoo!Finance, July 19, 2023.

6. The Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2023.

7. The Spruce, https://www.thespruce.com/using-coffee-grounds-in-your-garden-2539864

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