Retirement Planning Boulder CO

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.

John Einberger
Mutual Advantage, LLC
(303) 443-9735
425 Oakwood Place
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Stewart Farnell
Fee-Only Financial Planning, Education & Coaching
(303) 541-0782
4540 MacArthur Drive
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ATP, CFP®, PhD

Myra Salzer
The Wealth Conservancy, Inc.
(303) 444-1919
1525 Spruce Street, Suite 300
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Matthew Kelley
Gold Medal Waters, Inc.
(720) 887-1299
4845 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, AIF, CFP®

Rick Simmons
Simmons & Associates, LLC
(303) 531-4010
1010 Depot Hill Suite 206
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, Other

David Gardner
Yellowstone Financial Inc.
(303) 449-5552
1728 16th Street
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Robert Pyle
Diversified Asset Management, Inc.
(303) 440-2906
1113 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

M. Shannon Lunsford
Lunsford Financial Planning, Inc.
(303) 666-6442
4845 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, EA

M. Shannon Lunsford
Lunsford Financial Planning, Inc.
(303) 666-6442
357 South McCaslin Blvd.,Suite 200
Louisville, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, EA

Judith McNary
McNary Financial Planning, LLC
(303) 410-1745
14597 Benton Street
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Entrepreneurs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

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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