Retirement Planning Lenexa KS

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.

Lynn Garrison
Legacy Wealth Partners, LLC
(913) 338-4530
11011 King Street
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Richard Salmen
GTrust
(913) 451-0900
11225 College Boulevard, Suite 410
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CTFA, EA, MBA

Howard Rothwell
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Matthew Syverson
Syverson & Company, LLC
(913) 317-6000
7500 College Blvd., Suite 140
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Special Needs Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®

Rosemary Danielson
Balanced Financial Planning, Inc.
(913) 677-1090
6701 West 64th Street, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Daniel Weeks
Syverson & Company, LLC
(913) 317-6000
7500 College Blvd., Suite 140
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Dean Cherpitel
Legacy Wealth Planning, LLC
(913) 648-4668
5750 W. 95th Street, Suite 128
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, ChFc

Kenneth Eaton
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Samantha Kopek
GTrust
(913) 451-0900
11225 College Boulevard, Suite 410
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Kathleen Stepp
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

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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