Approaching retirement and unsure about how to retire successfully? 

Join Retirement Basecamp™ a free online course to begin your journey and explore the roadmap to a secure future. 

Learn from Chris Merchant, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and gain the confidence to launch your retirement.   

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the challenge…

When you start thinking about retirement, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed and uncertain. There are so many things to consider, and it can be hard to know where to start. 

Do you find yourself wondering if you have enough money to retire? Are you white-knuckled watching the stock market worried the next downturn may affect your plans? Is the influx of retirement information hitting your mailbox giving you information overload?

You’ve likely spent countless hours searching the internet, retirement calculators, and your company’s HR department but still don’t feel like you have solid answers to the essential questions that would provide you confidence. 

If you can relate, know you are not alone.

the Search for direction

Let’s face it, modern retirees are no longer provided a clear path to follow. This is not the retirement of your parents’ generation. 

In today’s vast jungle of retirement information, even once you know what needs to be done, knowing how to do it can be a real challenge.

After seeing today’s generational shift in retirement play out firsthand, we realized that the problem facing modern retirees is generally not a lack of resources but rather a lack of structure.


After years of working with modern retirees, we developed Retirement Basecamp™ to help individuals, like you, get started in planning their retirement journey. 

Retirement Basecamp™ is free, self-directed, and takes only about 30 minutes. It’s a great tool to start exploring your retirement options when you’re getting close to retirement age but you’re not quite ready to talk to anyone about it. Retirement Basecamp™ helps you become aware of all the options and risks involved in retirement planning so you can put everything in perspective.

This short online course will start with an introduction to what we call The Three Lessons of Retirement™. These lessons will help you take a shortcut as you prepare.

This free course is for you if… 

  • You are within five years of retirement (or recently retired).
  • You have saved $500,000 or more for retirement. 
  • You feel more confident when you are prepared and have a plan.

*For individuals within this range, the challenge is usually not having enough money to retire, but rather not having a strategic path to make that money work as hard as it can for as long as it can. If you fall outside of this range or are further away from your retirement date, then other strategies may be a better fit for you. Feel free to reach out and we will get you connected with the resources you need. 

In this free, self-directed program you will:

  • Learn what to think about as you approach retirement
  • Get a preview of common options for you to consider when creating retirement income from your resources

  • Understand the risks you will need to address while retirement planning
  • Access a step-by-step framework you can use to create your own retirement plan
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Your Retirement Basecamp™ Guide

Retirement Strategist: Chris Merchant

Welcome to Retirement Basecamp™. 

Hi, I’m Chris Merchant. My wife and I are the founders of Hunt Country Wealth Management, a retirement-specific firm located near Washington, D.C. We proudly serve modern retirees nationwide and help them prepare for their journey into retirement and beyond.

I am the Bestselling Author of On Investing Well: The Elements of Good Investing and hold both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Behavioral Financial Advisor™ designations. 

Throughout my career, I have supported Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs, pilots, nurses, rocket scientists–everyone from professional athletes to teachers, and I believe I am uniquely qualified to help YOU build a solid and well-planned foundation for your retirement.

My goal is that after completing this course, you will feel confident in your ability to navigate your retirement and that you feel prepared to begin your journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

When does this course start and finish?

The course begins when you enroll. It is a completely self-paced experience, so you direct when you start and stop the course modules. You can replay the content for more clarity. The lessons are designed to be completed in order.

After enrolling, you will have access to the Retirement Basecamp™ course material for thirty days. 

Why should I find time in my busy schedule to take this course?

We know life is busy, and this course was actually designed to provide you with a shortcut. In fact, our free 45-minute course will give you the tools you need to get started. You’ll learn about your options and the risks you need to look out for. Plus you’ll receive access to a step-by-step framework to help you take action. So, even though it may take a little time to complete now, our hope is that it will help you in the long run.

Retirement is so far away, do I need to worry about it now?

Think about it–if you’re just five years from retirement and haven’t started to prepare, you’re behind. Your finances are already in the Retirement Danger Zone. It’s much easier to plan for retirement now while you still have time on your side.

Planning ahead will also give you more options and flexibility when the time comes.

How do I know the course is right for me?

Are you within five years of your desired retirement date? Do you have $750,000 or more saved? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then this course is right for you!

How do I know the material is trustworthy, up-to-date and accurate?

Our goal through this course is to provide trustworthy and accurate information. It was designed by our team of fiduciary retirement income specialists. Through this course we seek to provide up-to-date research, so you can be sure you are learning the most current information. Materials are based on real-world case studies and situations. Plus, it’s not another product sales pitch–it’s actually just an introduction to some good ideas and a process you may consider utilizing. We believe, you won’t regret it.

How much does this course cost?

This course is offered for FREE. It is an extremely valuable resource to help you overcome the uncertainty of beginning your retirement plan. This course will also help you understand the challenges you need to address while planning so you can build a solid foundation for your future.


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Securities and investment advisory services offered through Osaic Wealth, Inc., member FINRA / SIPCOsaic Wealth is separately owned and all products or services of Hunt Country Wealth Management are independent of Osaic WealthFINRA registered branch office: 804 Amherst Street, Winchester VA, 22601. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. This site is published for residents of the United States and is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security or product that may be referenced herein. Persons mentioned on this website may only offer services and transact business and/or respond to inquiries in states or jurisdictions in which they have been properly registered or are exempt from registration. Not all products and services referenced on this site are available in every state, jurisdiction or from every person listed. Investing involves risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurer.

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