Retirement Planning Seattle WA

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.

Elaine Scoggins
Merriman, Inc
(206) 285-8877
800 5th Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

Eric Turloff
Turloff Financial Consulting, Inc.
(206) 842-1422
701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Advising Entrepreneurs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFA, CPA

Therese Govern
trueNorth Financial Services, LLC
(206) 652-4314
1411 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Karen O'Brien
trueNorth Financial Services, LLC
(206) 652-4314
1411 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Michelle Fait
Satori Financial LLC
(206) 320-9263
1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MBA

Frederic Kutscher
Kutscher Rhodes & Benner, Inc.
(206) 382-4414
705 Second Avenue, Suite 800, Hoge Building
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Entrepreneurs, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, JD, MS

Ben Jennings
SoundView Advisors
(360) 867-9890
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Ethan Broga
Empirical Wealth Management
(206) 923-3474
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3150
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Joseph Hebert
trueNorth Financial Services, LLC
(206) 652-4314
1411 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

David Lamp
BBJS Financial Advisors, LLC
(206) 682-4840
1501 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2880
Seattle, WA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Alternative or Private Investments, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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