Retirement Planning Elizabeth NJ

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.

Stanley Ehrlich
S.F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc.
(908) 789-1100
PO Box 2278
Westfield, NJ
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MA, MPA

Jeffrey Waters
OFC Financial Planning, LLC
(973) 258-1007
35 Canoe Brook Road
Short Hills, NJ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Roman Franklin
Franklin Financial Planning, Inc.
(866) 653-9907
48 Wall Street (Financial District)
New York, NY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, RFC

Michael Maye
MJM Financial Advisors, LLC
(908) 665-0330
68 Plymouth Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

C. E. Scott Brewster
Brewster Financial Planning LLC
(646) 249-9880
618 Carroll Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Anthony DeVito
ADV Investment Management & Financial Planning
(800) 732-5031
151 Overlook Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PhD

James Kearney
Quadrant Capital Management, LLC
(973) 783-8032
7 North Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CTFA

Bradley Rudman
Rudman Cannon Financial Advisors
(212) 461-2292
44 Wall Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY
Expertises
Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Advising Medical Professionals, Tax Planning, Real Estate Investments, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Clare Wherley
Lassus Wherley
(908) 464-0102
1 Academy Street
New Providence, NJ
Expertises
Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Katharina Gschwend
Creative Financial & Divorce Planning, LLC
(908) 665-0022
112 Sherwood Drive
New Providence, NJ
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Divorce Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, PhD

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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