Retirement Planning Richmond 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.

Daryoosh Khalilollahi
DABK, Inc. Financial Planning Services
(510) 703-9208
1563 Solano Ave., PMB 538
Berkeley, CA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MSEE

Edith Barschi
Edith B. Barschi, CFACFP, EA
(510) 486-0846
P. O. Box 10013
Berkeley, CA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, EA, MBA

Ralph Latza
Private Ocean
(415) 526-2900
750 Lindaro Street, Suite 130
San Rafael, CA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Divorce Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD, LLM

Janet Wan
Sierra Pacific Financial Advisors
(510) 438-6878
1300 Clay Street
Oakland, 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®

Robert Horowitz
Robert V. Horowitz, LLC
(415) 927-7871
300 Tamal Plaza, Suite 180
Corte Madera, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFA, MBA

Brian Pon
Financial Connections Group, Inc.
(510) 849-4667
2608 Ninth St. #302
Berkeley, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, PFP

Brian Pon
Financial Connections Group, Inc.
(415) 924-1091
21 Tamal Vista Blvd. #105
Corte Madera, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, PFP

Sean Burgess
Burgess Financial Planning
(415) 525-1041
222 Columbus Avenue, Suite 211
San Francisco, CA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Middle Income Client Needs, College/Education Planning, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jill Hollander
Financial Connections Group, Inc.
(415) 924-1091
21 Tamal Vista Blvd. #105
Corte Madera, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, CRPC, MBA

Janet Campbell
Abunda Financial
(415) 339-8944
1100 Larkspur Landing Circle, Ste 101
Larkspur, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Professional Athletes or Entertainers
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, EA

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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