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Retirement Planning Mesa AZ

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.

Neal Van Zutphen
Delta Ventures Financial Counsel, Inc.
(480) 924-5613
2855 E. Brown Road, Suite 5
Mesa, AZ
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Financial Psychology/Coaching, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Lawrence Friedrichs
Friedrichs Financial Alliance, LLC
(480) 962-4356
PO Box 21825
Mesa, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Michael Searcy
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(480) 820-2660
60 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1012
Tempe, AZ
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ChFc, CLU

John Stephens
TCI Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(480) 991-0401
7550 E. McDonald Drive, Suite D
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Entrepreneurs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA, MD

David Fernandez
Wealth Engineering, LLC
(480) 296-2042
7337 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Suite 282
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Jon Ford
Commission Free Financial Planning Solutions, Inc.
(480) 641-0044
648 Leisure World
Mesa, AZ
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MA

Brian Wruk
Transition Financial Advisors, Inc.
(480) 722-9414
20 West Juniper Avenue, Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Philip Stoker
Stoker Ostler Wealth Advisors
(480) 890-8088
4900 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 2600
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Randy Oldenburg
Camden Financial Management, Inc.
(480) 998-7786
7337 E DOUBLETREE RANCH RD SUITE 282
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, CFP®

Connie Brezik
Asset Strategies, Inc.
(480) 607-7445
8570 East Shea Blvd., Suite 140
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, 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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