Retirement Planning Lake Charles 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.

John Hixson
Financial Management Professionals
(337) 433-4334
4841 Ihles Road
Lake Charles, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Mr. Gregory P. Naquin, CFP®
(337) 433-1063
800 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
McElroy, Quirk, & Burch (APC)

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Mr. Richard D Clements Jr., CFP®
(337) 491-0758
791 East Bayou Pines Drive
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Merrill Lynch
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Sudden Wealth Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Dustin R Granger, CFP®
(337) 439-9081
One Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. Richard A. Hinton, CFP®
(337) 477-1866
3101 Lake St. Ste 102
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Denise E. Rau, CFP®
(337) 480-3835
1634 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
LPL Financial
Areas of Specialization
Social Security Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Mr. Terry D. Backhaus, CFP®
(337) 437-9950
800 Ryan St Ste B
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Backhaus Financial Group LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. H. David Jones, CFP®
(337) 439-9081
One Lakeshore Dr
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. Robert Reed Mendelson Jr., CFP®
(337) 477-1866
3101 Lake St
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Ameriprise Advisor Services, Inc.

Data Provided by:
Dr. Marshal David Baggett, CFP®
(337) 477-2930
647 W Prien Lake Rd
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Marshal D Baggett

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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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