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Financial Planning First Steps After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
By Washington Trust / July 17, 2019
As seen on The Rhode Show - While it might be the last thing you want to focus on, one of the first things you should consider after an Alzheimer's diagnosis is putting together a financial, estate, and care plan.

Washington Trust Hires Private Client Advisor in Greater Boston Market
By Washington Trust / July 8, 2019
The Washington Trust Company is pleased to announce that Alexander Olson has joined the Company’s Wealth Management Division as a Private Client Advisor.

The Final Road to Retirement
By Washington Trust / May 15, 2019
If you are in your 50’s, you’re at a pivotal point on your retirement savings and planning journey. More than 63% of Americans retire between the ages of 57 and 66.* The most common retirement age is 62. As you approach that final stretch, it’s time to look ahead to make sure you are taking the right steps towards your dream retirement.

Washington Trust Wealth Management Announces Weston Financial Group Leadership Changes
By Washington Trust / April 30, 2019
Washington Trust Wealth Management, a $6.4 billion regional wealth management firm, has appointed Kathleen A. Ryan, Esq. and Mark T. Kelly, CFA, CFP, to lead Weston Financial Group, Inc., the division’s Wellesley, MA- based, SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Ryan, who serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Wealth Management Officer of the division’s parent company, The Washington Trust Company, was named President of Weston Financial Group, Inc. Kelly, who recently joined Weston from Bainco International Investors in Boston, was appointed Principal Financial Counselor and Client Service Manager and will run the Company’s Wellesley office.

Spring 2019 Perspectives & Planning Financial Empowerment: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step
By Washington Trust / April 24, 2019
Money should not be a cause for stress; but our innate fear of the unknown often leads to financial anxiety. This is exacerbated by radio hosts, authors, television personalities, and corporations looking to profit from that fear. Countless articles on retirement planning begin with similar sounding statements: “Have you saved enough for retirement? Most people haven’t.” The question is valid, but the tone is designed to trigger anxiety.

Spring 2019: Market & Economy
By Washington Trust / April 24, 2019
Although 2018 ended dismally amidst tumbling financial markets, 2019 kicked off with optimism. Risk assets surged during the first quarter. Global stocks, led by the U.S., soared 12%1. Corporate debt including high-yield produced mid to high single digit returns. The transition by investors from extreme risk aversion to “risk on,” inspired by a shift in Federal Reserve policy, was almost instantaneous.

Halsey Associates Hires Peter Secrist as Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager
By Washington Trust / March 25, 2019
Halsey Associates has announced that Peter J. Secrist of Fairfield, CT has been appointed Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager.

Economic and Financial Market Review & Outlook-Winter 2019
By Washington Trust / January 28, 2019
With apologies to Charles Dickens, 2018 was the “best of times and the worst of times”. The U.S. economy apparently grew at its fastest pace since 2005. (We don’t know for sure as the Bureau of Economic Analysis was shuttered due to the impasse in Washington, although the Bureau of Labor Statistics has remained open.) For the full year 2018, we estimate that GDP advanced just over 3%. The S&P 500 index, on the other hand, fell by 4.4%, posting its first negative return in a decade. Benchmarks for smaller capitalization stocks and foreign shares suffered double digit declines. Bonds managed to finish the year essentially flat, erasing earlier losses.

The ABCs of Tax Reform for 2019: DAFs and GLIs
By Kimberly I. McCarthy, Esq. / January 28, 2019
The Tax Reform Act changed so many income tax provisions affecting individuals, corporations, pass-throughs, and specific industries that it is impossible to provide a brief and succinct overview of new planning opportunities. But DAFs and GLIs are two tax-planning acronyms to consider in 2019.

From PBN - Five Questions With: Joseph Confessore
By Washington Trust / January 23, 2019
Washington Trust in the News - Providence Business News recently featured an interview with Joseph Confessore who leads the Bank's new Private Clients Group.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and may not reflect those of Washington Trust Wealth Management. The information in this report has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. Any opinions expressed herein are subject to change at any time without notice. Any person relying upon this information shall be solely responsible for the consequences of such reliance. Performance is historical and does not guarantee future results.

Such information does not constitute legal or professional advice as all situations are unique and are based on individual facts and circumstances.

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