Bennet Thonakkara

Bennet Thonakkara

Bennet is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment and financial planning processes. He focuses on key aspects of Regent’s customized services to clients, including portfolio management, asset allocation, risk management, financial planning and client communications.

“We filter out all the background noise and focus on making decisions that we believe matter most to our clients. The key pillars to our approach are quite simple: process, commitment and discipline. Without these three basic pillars, all is for naught.”

Bennet has lived in many parts of the world and brings a unique perspective to Regent’s clients. He previously worked at Barings (formerly Wood Creek Capital), a global institutional investment management firm, and in the business assurance and advisory arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Bennet has a B.S. in accounting and finance from the University of Pretoria, South Africa,

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and an M.S. in accounting from the University of Connecticut. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Bennet lives with his wife and two boys in Cheshire, Connecticut.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

What I’ve learned from our clients

We deal with many different types of clients and regardless of how successful they are, I’m always moved by their humility. It’s an important life lesson, no matter “where” you are in life.


One of my favorite quotes is

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” – Dalai Lama XIV. I love the simplicity of this and how it captures the essence of our existence – every moment is precious. Never take anything for granted and make the most of what you have.


You might not know that I

lived in East Africa, South Africa and Asia. The year I started living in South Africa was the year Nelson Mandela was freed from life imprisonment after serving 26 years in jail. I was young, but still very aware of the profound nature of that historic moment.


A book I read recently and would recommend is

“Thinking: Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D. and Nobel Prize winner. The book explores how our mind processes information and how this affects our behavior. Two systems drive the way we think: system one is fast, instinctive and emotional, while system two is slower, more calculated and more logical. By exploring these two systems the book sheds light on the astonishing abilities, and also the faults and biases, of fast thinking and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. I think there are many lessons in this book on cognitive biases and how to guard against certain mental glitches that often get us into trouble.