Retirement Planning Fishers IN

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.

Gary Pittsford
Castle Wealth Advisors, LLC
(317) 849-9559
9820 Westpoint Drive, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Kalscheur
Castle Wealth Advisors, LLC
(317) 849-9559
9820 Westpoint Drive, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jennifer Hartman
Greenleaf Financial Group
(317) 576-1727
6525 E. 82nd St., Suite 212
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services, College/Education Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CFS, MFA

Susan Elser
Elser Financial Planning
(317) 823-5999
10752 Tallow Wood Lane
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

William Howell
Howell Financial Advisors, Inc.
(317) 877-8000
3815 River Crossing Parkway
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA

Jeffrey Moheban
Avalon Wealth Advisory, Inc.
(317) 814-4790
9775 Crosspoint Boulevard, Suite 110
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

William Howell
Howell Financial Advisors, Inc.
(317) 877-8000
176 W. Logan Street
Noblesville, IN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA

Kathleen Hartman
Greenleaf Financial Group
(317) 576-1727
6525 E. 82nd St., Suite 212
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Middle Income Client Needs, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Brad Cougill
Deerfield Financial Advisors, Inc.
(317) 469-2455
8440 Woodfield Crossing Boulevard, Suite 360
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Elaine Bedel
Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.
(317) 843-1358
3815 River Crossing Pkwy. Ste 120
Indianapolis, IN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

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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