Retirement Planning Ann Arbor MI

Planning ahead for retirement is vital for people of all ages who wish to be financially independent once they opt to retire. Money can be allocated to investments or set aside in savings plans in order to avoid being used too early, though investments do involve some degree of risk. Many people save for retirement through employer-sponsored defined contribution plans, such as IRAs, 401(k)s, and profit sharing plans. Other types of plans and DIY retirement planning are also options and all of the available avenues are generally characterized by tax advantages.

Robert Oliver
Oliver Financial Planning, LLC
(734) 926-0022
1207 Packard Street, Suite S-1
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Ronald Shaw
Shaw Financial Strategies, LLC
(734) 769-3927
3135 S. State Street, Suite 203
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Savvas Giannakopoulos
Arbor Financial
(734) 761-6626
5340 Plymouth Road, Suite 102
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, MBA

Laurie Stegenga
Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc.
(734) 709-3771
7029 Noble Road
Saline, MI
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA, PFS

Wayne Titus
AMDG Financial
(734) 737-0855
684 Deer Street
Plymouth, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, AIFA, CPA/PFS, CISA

Frank Moore
Vintage Financial Services, LLC
(734) 668-4040
101 N. Main Street, Suite 800
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Todd Kephart
Retirement Income Solutions, Inc.
(734) 769-7727
455 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Michael Rudy
Wolakota, LLC
(734) 480-6211
878 South Grove Road
Ypsilanti, MI
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MA

Sam Fawaz
Y.D. Financial Services, Inc.
(734) 447-5305
47969 Inveraray Road
Canton, MI
Expertises
Tax Planning, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, College/Education Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, MST

Walter Kerrigan
Institute for Financial Planning, Inc.
(248) 473-0400
39570 Westminster Circle
Novi, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Retirement Planning

By: Jonas Zamora
Jonas Zamora is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional. You may contact him at jzamora@zacks.com

Closing in on retirement?

Are you closing in on retirement? If your goal is to retire in the next five years, you are in that critical stage in the retirement planning cycle. You have to take care of details like your 401(k) distributions or rollover, exercise of stock options, pension distributions, and when to take social security payments. Then there's figuring out what you need to draw out of your investments when that big day arrives. What you do in the first five years after retirement will also play a key role over the following 25-30 years.

First, let's discuss your first steps five years before going off into retirement bliss:

1. Put more money away. I read an article that says we are saving too much for retirement. That is bunk! Let's say your retirement target is 65 years of age. Most of you will be able to and should contribute extra to your 401(k) after reaching 50 years of age. That amount is $15,500 per year plus catch up amount of $5,000. Over a 15-year time frame for someone who is 50 years old today, assuming a 7% annual return, the savings by age 65 amounts to over $500,000. Without the extra $5000 in contributions, you would only have around $376,000.

2. Over the last year to two years before retirement, consider being more conservative in your 401(k). Don't leave a majority of these assets in employer stock! If the market takes a nosedive, you still have a great base to invest and live off of when you retire. Diversify.

3. Remember to exercise those in-the-money stock options. Many folks get so excited about their last day at the office, they forget about exercising the valuable stock options while still profitable.

4. Place money in an emergency fund with 1-2 years worth of living expenses in a cash or CD account....

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