Retirement Planning Lafayette LA

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.

Robert Morella
Apex Capital Management
(337) 984-7010
701 Robley Dr., Ste. 200
Lafayette, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Advising Entrepreneurs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Mr. Michael E. Pharr, CFP®
(337) 232-1141
PO Box 53007
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Summit Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning

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Mr. David J. Romagosa Sr., CFP®
(337) 233-6066
213 N College Rd
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Cornerstone Financial Group In

Data Provided by:
Ms. Elizabeth B. Diebold, CFP®
(337) 265-2500
935 Camellia Blvd Ste 200
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Financial Partners of Louisiana

Data Provided by:
Mr. Frank J Domino Jr., CFP®
(337) 289-5900
1220 Camellia Blvd.
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc.

Data Provided by:
Mr. Stephen R. Moore Jr., CFP®
(337) 232-4141
PO Box 51901
Lafayette, LA
Firm
KCSC Financial Services, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues

Data Provided by:
Mr. Gerard Patin, CFP®
(337) 254-3094
102 Versailles Blvd Ste 808
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Met Life
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

Data Provided by:
Mr. John N. Gherardi, CFP®
(337) 266-6015
1021 E Saint Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA
Firm
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. Christopher M Broussard, CFP®
(337) 261-9815
400 E Kaliste Saloom Rd Ste 5100
Lafayette, LA
Firm
New York Life Insurance Company
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Nanette Soileau Heggie, CFP®
(337) 889-0250
140B Rue Beauregard
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Investment Partners of Acadiana/ Raymond James
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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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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