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2018 – Time for a Fresh Start?

2018 is here upon us and with it, the hopes and dreams of a better year.  If you’re like most people, you’ve started the year with resolutions, one of the most popular of which is paying more attention to our finances and saving more.   Yet, US News reports that by the 2nd week of February,…

What is Luxury? I’ll Know it when I see it

What is Luxury? “Luxury, it’s not a level of quality but a state of mind.” These words were spoken by the American fashion designer L’wren Scott. She knew that luxury is not just found in the materials a product is made of but in the experience it brings to own it or indulge in its…

“In the Community” – Looking forward to Brighter Futures

In the Community One of our core values guiding us daily is a firm commitment that businesses must be active in the community.  Helping youth locally and around the world reach their true potential is at the center of Vasco’s values.  This reflects the vision of Benny Mor and Larry Kutcher who have always seen…

Vasco gives back to the community by supporting youth in the performing arts.

Vasco Assets has always held itself to the commitment of creating a brighter future for our community. In this spirit, Vasco’s own Benny Mor established the B. Mor Summer Intensive Scholarship sponsoring a full ride scholarship for 4 young students to the Summer Intensive Program at Backhausdance company. The students Justine(12), Emma (14), Mary (20),…

Diamonds as a Commodity

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work.

Is your birthstone your hidden cash cow?

Gemstones can be one of the largest accumulators of value when bought properly. Over time we collect earrings, necklaces, and rings studded with all kinds of gemstones. Whether received as a present for birthdays, holidays, or special occasions we end up with a collections of jewelry we don’t always get around to wearing. While it…

How to Overcome the Financial Burden of a Divorce

Each year, nearly 1 million couples in the US alone go through the emotional and financial burden of a divorce. Unfortunately, the majority of divorce cases have shown that one party experiences disadvantages financially and the concern of financial survival grows as their standard of living changes drastically. Child support, stagnating career growth and divorce…

In the Community: Helping schoolkids tee off to a better year.

In California almost 30% of all public school funding is raised at the local level. Of this about 20% is raised via taxes leaving the last 10% to be raised by other means. In many cases it is left up to the parents of the students to make up this money. The  Andersen DEANS foundation,…

Five Questions to Consider Before Pawning Any Item

Tough times hit hard, and during those times people look to pawn shops to obtain value from their possessions and put money into their hands. Vasco Assets is here to help you unlock the value of your assets but if you decide to go with a pawn shop instead here are five questions you should…

How to Sell Your Coins

Most people don’t realize how valuable their change can be. Everyone, knowingly or not, has encountered and probably handled a coin worth far more than its face value. It could have been shown to you by your dad as part of his collection or you may have missed it and put it into a parking…

Precious, Colored Stones

Talk about rarity! Sapphire, emerald, and ruby are quality stones that are difficult to acquire because the market can not produce enough quantities. This starts a trend in affluent circles looking at that market for investment purposes. Buying right is a very important issue when considering colored stones because the margins are enormous and the…

Does the Value of Luxury Watches Depreciate?

Like many high-end items, pre-owned luxury watches are considered valuable assets. There are various factors that determine the value of such an asset; Condition, make year, level of rarity, material, and more play a role. That being said, it is common knowledge that once you buy a high-end luxury item, like a diamond ring or…

Value of Exotic Cars Increasing

Car and Driver recently shared a survey hosted by Rob Sass from Hagerty Insurance.  In this survey, Sass revealed several well-known American cars from the 1950s that have been stagnant or decreasing in price. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air, Ford Thunderbird and Chrysler 300C are a few of the classics Sass called out, as well…

Is Your Silver Jewelry Worth a Fortune?

A quick glimpse at your jewelry box or drawer could bring to your attention how many pieces of silver jewelry you have; all items that you feel no longer fit your fashion style. Sounds familiar? If you had bought those silver jewelry yourself, you already know that it is quite a large investment and that…