The Importance of a Financial Plan

April 17, 2020

By Thomas Britt When the unexpected happens, chaos can result. Remind you of any current events? We know it’s important to be prepared, but without a plan of action in place, doing what’s best for you and your family in the midst of a crisis is infinitely harder. I’m talking specifically about a financial plan,…

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Financial Planning Advice During These Hard Times (Radio Program)

March 27, 2020

Rick Stout is honored to have been featured as a guest on the local radio show, “Meet The Expert.” On this episode, Rick shares his insight from historical financial evidence and tells you how to strategize to help get through this current situation. Listen now. ABOUT RICK Richard W. Stout III is managing director of…

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Seidner Announces New Fund to Help Most Vulnerable Residents in Lyme, Old Lyme; All Donations up to $10K to be Matched by Benchmark Wealth Management

March 26, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new charitable fund has been established to provide financial support to the most vulnerable residents of Lyme and Old Lyme.  The Lyme-Old Lyme Coronavirus Relief Fund will be managed by the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), in partnership with the Social Services Departments of the two towns.  Early…

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What You Need to Know About Recessions and Bear Markets

March 13, 2020

As global markets continue their roller coaster ride due to fears surrounding the coronavirus, our most recent bull market officially turned into a bear market. But what does that mean? And are we on the verge of another recession like the one we had in 2008? In light of all these concerns, today we’ll share…

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Your 2020 Social Security Guide

March 11, 2020

By Richard W. Stout III The number of Americans retiring has nearly doubled in the past 20 years with 10,000 people a day reaching age 65. (1) Are you getting close to that milestone too? If retirement is on the horizon for you, then Social Security is probably on your mind. Over 48 million people…

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What Should You Do About the Coronavirus and Stock Market Volatility?

February 28, 2020

The financial markets took a big dip early this week over fears about the spreading coronavirus, erasing gains from earlier this year. After the Dow lost over 800 points on Tuesday, it was down a total of 1,900 points in two days.  Investors are understandably nervous about their money and their health. If you are…

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What to Do During Market Volatility

February 13, 2020

By Thomas Britt  Remember the good old days of 2017 when market volatility was historically low and you weren’t all that worried about your investments? With all the volatility we’ve experienced since then, the peaceful days of 2017 probably seem like a lifetime ago. If you’ve found yourself gritting your teeth or wringing your hands,…

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Jump-Start Your Financial Plan For 2020!

January 17, 2020

By Thomas Britt  It’s not only the start of a new year, but also a new decade! That probably means you’re feeling more motivated than ever to make some positive changes and set healthy habits for your life. But whether you want to decrease your screen time, invest in your family, or start a new…

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Are You Ready for a New Year? 5 Steps to Take Before You Say Hello to 2020

December 2, 2019

By Richard W. Stout III A new year is almost upon us and it’s all too easy to mentally jump ahead to 2020 and start making plans for the coming months. But how you finish something is just as important as how you start it. So, amid holiday events, travel, and the busyness of the…

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What We Do And How We Can Help

November 22, 2019

By Richard W. Stout III and Thomas Britt  You don’t have to look far to find financial advice or so-called proven formulas that promise to bring you financial success. And while there’s plenty of general advice you would be wise to take, your finances don’t exist in a bubble. They are an extension of you,…

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