What We Are Thankful for in 2020

November 2, 2020

By Richard W. Stout III It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has had its fair share of challenges. None of us could have predicted the events that have changed our lives and tried our perseverance. As of right now, the future is still unclear and there may be more obstacles ahead, but…

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Don’t Outlive Your Money: 3 Retirement Budget Tips

October 16, 2020

By Thomas Britt You work day in and day out. Often what keeps you going is the knowledge that one day you’ll finally clock out for good. But rather than eagerly anticipating the golden years of retirement, almost half of all Americans worry about running out of the money they’ve worked so hard to build…

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Planning for the Future During Market Instability (Radio Program)

October 8, 2020

Tom Britt recently had the honor of being a guest on iCRV radio’s program, “Meet the Expert.” In this episode, Tom discusses how recent market volatility has led to an increased awareness of financial plans and cash flow sustainability. Additionally, Tom shares his insight on ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts, which are a…

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A Personalized Financial Plan Built To Weather Any Storm (Radio Program)

October 8, 2020

As a result of the pandemic and the volatile market, many people are asking the same question: Are you prepared to fund a 20+ year retirement and does that plan account for less than ideal circumstances? There’s no question that the Coronavirus has changed the way that we feel about money. With careers and nest…

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The 5 Biggest Financial Mistakes I See

September 23, 2020

By Richard W. Stout III Have you ever made a large purchase that you instantly regretted? Most people have, yet we continue to make this mistake over and over again. Financial mistakes can prevent you from reaching your goals or doing what you love. They can postpone dreams such as owning your own home or…

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What All Women Should Know About Personal Finance

August 20, 2020

By Thomas Britt  Women have come a long way in the past few decades when it comes to career opportunities and playing a significant role in every aspect of our communities. But even though women make up 50% of the workforce these days, (1) they face financial challenges not often faced by men. Women typically…

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How to Pursue a Regret-Free Retirement

July 9, 2020

By Richard W. Stout III Regret is not always a bad thing. While it’s not good to sit in the regret of past mistakes, when we learn from those mistakes, it can help us make better choices in the future. Unfortunately, that’s not true in every situation, namely retirement. There are no retirement do-overs, and…

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Common Financial Mistakes Pre-Retirees Make

June 23, 2020

By Thomas Britt  Retirement is just around the corner—HOORAY! Or maybe it’s still a few years down the road. Regardless, preparing for retirement is no easy task. There are a few common mistakes pre-retirees make, but that can be avoided through proper planning. Not Budgeting The word “budget” has some negative connotations as it seems…

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Don’t Let Uncertainty Dash Your Long-Term Goals or Dreams

June 11, 2020

At Benchmark Wealth Management, we believe in three core tenets in dealing with the uncertainty of the financial markets. The absolute truth is that nobody can tell the future. When crafting a financial plan, we all focus on goals, dreams, risks and fears, but most people do not put an emphasis on weathering the downturns….

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How to Protect Yourself From Cyberattacks

May 26, 2020

By Richard W. Stout III Does it seem like there are more and more news updates about hackers and breaches in security? As we become increasingly dependent on technology and use multiple devices on any given day, there are more opportunities for our personal information to be compromised. But no matter how daunting this may…

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