Retirement Planning Columbia MD

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.

Chad Norfolk
Financial Advantage, Inc.
(410) 715-9200
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Special Needs Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mark Stinson
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
(410) 461-3900
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 600
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Christopher Parr
Parr Financial Solutions, Inc.
(410) 740-9011
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 1200
Columbia, MD
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

L. Edward O'Hara
Capital Asset Management Services
(301) 680-0840
12510 Prosperity Drive, Suite 150
Silver Spring, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA

Michael Kelly
Michael R. Kelly, CFP, EA
(410) 747-0708
1172 St. Agnes Lane
Baltimore, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

R. Saxon Birdsong
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
(410) 461-3900
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 600
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, MBA

Darrell Kingsland
Darrell E Kingsland, CPA
(410) 772-0301
10450 Shaker Dr, Ste 112
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Paul Nastasi
A.J. Perry & Company, Inc.
(410) 539-1144
6570 Kali Drive
Eldersburg, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MS

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(410) 695-1556
2327 Sandy Walk Way
Odenton, MD
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Kirk Kinder
Picket Fence Financial
(410) 878-2999
300 E. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, 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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