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The Ready.Set.Retire! Blog

Benjamin Smith, CFA

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The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 083: 9 Financial Tips for May 2023 from Financial Planners and Advisors

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

Lately, with our show, we've been going into a lot of purpose driven topics and naturally, our goal is to be tying money and purpose as part of our Practice, but also as...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 082: How Brain Cancer Taught Me to NOT Live a Life of Comfortable Complacency

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

We all know that life can change in an instant. Picture yourself sitting through an MRI for 30-45 minutes, and as you’re being wheeled out, you catch a glimpse of the...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 081: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs in Retirement

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

We all have stories we have about ourselves as we age. Stories that tell us we’re too old for this or it’s too late for that. Our team of financial advisors hears this...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 080: Managing Anxiety As We Age

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

In our practice with our financial planning clients, we see signs of anxiety and untreated anxiety start to shrink our clients’ worlds. They start getting more anxious...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 079: A Guidance Point Advisors Roundtable Conversation

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

Our team at Guidance Point Advisors (GPA) is often asked to give our thoughts on the investable markets and what it means for our retirement. On this show, we mainly...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 078: The Best of the Best Foods in Maine

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

One thing that we agree upon is that we are both passionate about really great food. Our conversations in previous episodes have helped us with how to really experience...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 077: Identifying and Overcoming A Gambling Addiction

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

One topic that we know we wanted to discuss on our show is gambling and retirement in the State of Maine. So far, we have two retail casinos in Maine, one in Oxford and...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 076: I've Been Diagnosed with Cancer in Maine - What's Next?

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

One of our favorite charitable events we support each year is the Energy4Life Golf Scramble. Maritime Energy started the Energy4Life program to help local families...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 075: Giving Yourself Permission to Experience Joy in Retirement

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

The Huffington Post republished an article from Collective Evolution entitled, “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying”, delving further into how these regrets exist in our...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 074: How to Take Care of a Special Needs Child in Retirement Using Special Needs Trusts

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

Over the past few years, we've had several clients that have kids with special needs. They’ve been taking care of them over their lifetimes, and they wonder how they can...