Retirement Planning Great Falls MT

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.

Mrs. Selene M. Thomas, CFP®
(406) 453-4169
1105 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Medical/Dental Professionals

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Mr. Ron R. Bibler, CFP®
(406) 727-7851
600 Central Ave Ste 412
Great Falls, MT
Firm
Bibler Financial Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000



Data Provided by:
Brenda Way Rubino, CFP®
(406) 761-8888
1500 10th Ave S
Great Falls, MT
Firm
Waddell & Reed
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning

Data Provided by:
Mr. Jay W. Stenzel, CFP®
(406) 761-8888
1500 10th Ave S Ste 200
Great Falls, MT
Firm
Waddell & Reed, Inc.

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US Bank - Great Falls Northwest Office
(406) 727-2506
900 3rd St NW
Great Falls, MT
Drive Up Hours
Mon 07:30 am to 06:00 pm
Tue 07:30 am to 06:00 pm
Wed 07:30 am to 06:00 pm
Thur 07:30 am to 06:00 pm
Fri 07:30 am to 06:00 pm

Mr. Sean T Sturges, CFP®
(406) 268-3166
8 3rd Street North
Great Falls, MT
Firm
D.A. Davidson & Co.

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Mr. Bryan W. Thies, CFP®
(406) 761-8888
1500 10th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Firm
Waddell & Reed
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. Robert E. Ashton, CFP®
(406) 727-2994
4241 2nd Ave. North
Great Falls, MT
Firm
First Command Financial Planni
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Government Employees

Data Provided by:
Mr. William J. Beecher, CFP®
(406) 899-0277
PO Box 2306
Great Falls, MT
Firm
Beecher Financial Planning LLC
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Wells Fargo - Market Place
(406) 452-1543
1601 Market Place Dr
Great Falls, MT
Type
In-Store Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 10:00 AM-07:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-03:00 PM
Sun Closed

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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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