Hi, this is Scott Stone, one of the partners at Stone House. I first joined Bob Brown in this business in 2003. Many of our first clients were good, hard-working people who saved their whole lives for retirement. Does that sound like you?
Many retired in the mid-to-late 1990’s. They had saved up a lot of money, but they didn’t know how to protect their money against the future. Some of them even went to a financial adviser that a friend or colleague recommended. In many cases, those advisers didn’t do a good job, or worse, abused the client’s trust just to sell them an expensive product like an annuity so they could generate a large commission.
When the tech bubble burst and the bear market of 2000-2003 came around, they found out why good planning is the key to a happy retirement. All of the sky high projections their financial advisers promised them didn’t come true and they found themselves in portfolios that had lost too much money. They were taking withdrawals that were too high and their account values shrank quickly to levels that made their retirement lifestyles unsustainable.
Some then hired us to try to help them cobble together a way forward. We called it “Retirement Rehab”. There were many sad conversations as we showed how their current plans were unsustainable and in order to not completely run out of money, they would have to dramatically cut their spending or go back to work.
Those early years really drove our passion to help people manage their retirement savings the right way from day one. Now, each of our clients gets a Future You Retirement Stress Test as they approach retirement and we reevaluate that Stress Test as the years go on and their situations change.
We would love to help you protect your retirement savings too. If you have saved up over $100,000 and you are considering retirement or are already retired, we can help you to protect your money and your lifestyle.