Retirement Planning Hayward 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.

Janet Wan
Sierra Pacific Financial Advisors
(510) 438-6878
39899 Balentine Drive, Suite 200
Newark, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

John Wenzel
Watermark Asset Management, Inc.
(925) 648-4730
2010 Crow Canyon Place
San Ramon, CA
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Barbara Steinmetz
Steinmetz Financial Planning
(650) 401-3800
1840 Gateway Drive, Suite 200
San Mateo, CA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, MS

Cathy Curtis
Curtis Financial Planning
(510) 451-3528
3824 Grand Avenue, Suite 100
Oakland, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Nicholas Rugh
Rugh Financial, LLC
(650) 642-6624
2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CRPC, MS

Daniel Beatty
John W. Brooker & Co., CPAs
(510) 638-1815
80 Swan Way, Suite 300
Oakland, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Gary Smith
Pleasanton Financial Advisors, LLC
(925) 846-3768
1811 Santa Rita Road, Suite 211
Pleasanton, CA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PhD

Patricia Jennerjohn
Focused Finances,LLC
(877) 746-7914
286 Santa Clara Avenue, Suite B
Oakland, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Marjorie Bennett
Aegis Capital Management Inc.
(510) 655-9333
6215 Manoa Street
Oakland, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, MBA

Walter Romatowski
Castellan Financial Advisors
(800) 385-1787
2225 E. Bayshore Rd., Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CMA, 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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