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The Ready.Set.Retire! Blog

Benjamin Smith, CFA

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The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 042: What should we know about LGBTQ+ Aging?

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

In the United States, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community is large; in fact, this group makes up approximately 4.5% of the country’s...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 041: Cryptocurrency & Your Retirement - What Should You Know?

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

One of the things as financial advisors, we get asked about a lot from clients, but also just people we bump into, is cryptocurrency - there just seems to be lots of...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 040: The Ins & Outs of Social Security

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

It's estimated that for the average American retiree, 40% of our retirement income comes from Social Security. But how do I make sure that I'm making good decisions about a...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 039: Estate Planning Mistakes that Lead to Probate Litigation

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

Earlier in our shows, we had two estate planners come on and talk about the importance of having an up-to-date estate plan. In our experience as financial planners, many...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 038: Getting (More?) into Golf in Retirement

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

What's the one "hobby" that everyone associates with retirement? They might say "So now that you're retired, I bet you're playing lots of golf". Well, for some retirees...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 037: Empowering Visibility in Women over 50

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

As we change from one stage of our life to another, one thing we observe is the RESISTANCE and STRUGGLE of losing our identity from a previous stage of life. Maybe we were a...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 036: Thinking About "Retirement" as a Life Pivot

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

What if we're thinking about retirement all wrong? What if retirement ISN'T exchanging a binge on working for 40 years for a binge of NOT working for 30 years? Many of the...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 035: Keeping Your Family Camp in the Family for Future Generations with Tim Benoit

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

For many Mainers, families have a place where they retreat to during the spring, summer, and fall months and enjoy the best that Maine weather has to offer. Many families use...

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 034: Accessing the World of Piloting over 50

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

What if there was a time machine? How would it change our lives? Would you do things differently if you could? Well, today we're talking about a different take on a time machine....

The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast Ep 033: A 2020 Investment Markets Recap & 2021 Preview

Benjamin Smith, CFA

Executive Summary

As Financial Advisors, we are very frequently asked to give our thoughts on the investable markets and what it means for our retirement. While our show mainly discusses life...