Retirement Planning Greenwich CT

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.

Lili Vasileff
Divorce and Money Matters, LLC
(203) 393-7200
Two Sound View Drive
Greenwich, CT
Expertises
Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Special Needs Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Psychology/Coaching
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CDP, CFP®, MA, Other

Cheryl Costa
AFW Wealth Advisors
(914) 696-5300 Ext: 210
3020 Westchester Avenue
Purchase, NY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Robin Sherwood
HTG Investment Advisors, Inc.
(203) 972-8262
50 Locust Avenue
New Canaan, CT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Maureen Whelan
M. A. Whelan Financial Planning
(800) 775-8564
520 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, Financial Issues Between Generations, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Steven Copeland
Safe Harbor Financial Planning
(914) 771-5277
53 Rossmore Avenue
Bronxville, NY
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Loretta Nolan
Loretta Nolan Associates LLC
(203) 637-1402
13 Arcadia Road, Suite 10
Old Greenwich, CT
Expertises
Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, CFP®

Anthony DeVito
ADV Investment Management & Financial Planning
(914) 738-6313
500 Mamaroneck Avenue
Harrison, 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

Brian Shea
Shea Financial Advisors
(203) 966-9651
45 Pine Street, Unit 4A
New Canaan, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA

Anthony DeVito
ADV Investment Management & Financial Planning
(914) 738-6313
100 South Bedford Road
Mt. Kisco, 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

Marie DeCaprio
MCD Advisors
(914) 432-5058
78 Meadow Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services
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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