Retirement Planning Durham NC

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.

Jennifer Lazarus
Lazarus Financial Planning
(919) 321-0606
5614 Welkin Court
Durham, NC
Expertises
Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Edward Fulbright
Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA
(919) 544-0398
5302 NC Highway 55, Suite 104
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Benjamin Birken
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
75408 Rowan
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jeff Seymour
Triangle Wealth Management LLC
(919) 654-7321
1000 Centre Gren Way
Cary, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
2530 Meridan Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Craig Schmith
Craig Schmith
(919) 272-5054
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

James Miller
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Deborah Frazier
Frazier Financial Consultants
(919) 929-6940
109 Conner Drive, Suite 205
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
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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