Retirement Planning Glendale CA

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.

Mark Gleason
WESCAP Group
(818) 563-5170
303 N. Glenoaks Boulevard, Suite 905
Burbank, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, MBA

Gregory Welborn
First Financial Consulting
(626) 844-4630
380 South Lake Avenue, Suite 112
Pasadena, CA
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Jennifer Hartman
Greenleaf Financial Group
(323) 330-0579
5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA
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

Bryan Wisda
Summit Wealth Management, Inc.
(310) 246-5770
9465 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 450
Beverly Hills, CA
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Professional Athletes or Entertainers, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Alfred McIntosh
McIntosh Capital Advisors,Inc.
(310) 470-4056
10801 National Blvd., Suite 610
Los Angeles, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PFP

Todd Butler
WESCAP Group
(818) 563-5170
303 N. Glenoaks Boulevard, Suite 905
Burbank, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Kathleen Hartman
Greenleaf Financial Group
(323) 330-0579
5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA
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®

Mark Seiler
Seiler & Associates
(626) 432-1600
3452 East Foothill Blvd., Suite 400
Pasadena, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Thomas McFarland
The Darrow Company, Inc.
(310) 556-2220
1800 Century Park East, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Ara Oghoorian
ACap Asset Management, Inc.
(818) 358-3823
15260 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Professional Athletes or Entertainers
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, 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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