Retirement Planning Richmond VA

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.

Marshall H. Groom, Jr.
Groom Financial Advisory
(804) 716-2100
2523 Park Avenue, Suite 2
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Edward Hoppe
Kuehl Shepherd Kozlowski & Associates, Inc.
(804) 592-3465
9030 Story Point Parkway, Suite 160
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

William Lagos
Kuehl Shepherd Kozlowski & Associates, Inc.
(804) 592-3465
9030 Story Point Parkway, Suite 160
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

James Shepherd
Kuehl Shepherd Kozlowski & Associates, Inc.
(804) 592-3465
9030 Story Point Parkway, Suite 160
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

David O'Brien
O'Brien Financial Planning, Inc.
(804) 419-6002
14241 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 117
Midlothian, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, MBA

Wendell Fuller
Fuller Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(804) 400-0371
2711 Buford Road, Suite 212
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Joyce
JoycePayne Partners
(804) 358-2702
9030 Stony Point Parkway, Suite 100
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Ongoing Investment Management, Alternative or Private Investments, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

David Kozlowski
Kuehl Shepherd Kozlowski & Associates, Inc.
(804) 592-3465
9030 Story Point Parkway, Suite 160
Richmond, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, MS

John Clair
Leahy & Clair Financial Management
(804) 794-1981
15521 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 102
Midlothian, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

John Bowen
Bowen Fuller Wealth Advisors
(804) 897-2850
2840 Polo Parkway, Suite 100
Midlothian, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA

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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