Retirement Planning Simi Valley 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.

Kenneth Gross
Strategic Financial
(805) 494-1825
One Boardwalk Avenue, Suite 103
Thousand Oaks, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Stephan Goyette
Goyette Financial Planning
(805) 494-8181
25 W Rolling Oaks Drive, Suite 111
Thousand Oaks, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Alan E. Hewitt
Al Hewitt Inc
(877) 254-9348
400 Camarillo Ranch Road
Camarillo, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, ATA, ATP, CFP®, EA, AWMA

Ara Oghoorian
ACap Asset Management, Inc.
(818) 358-3823
15260 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Professional Athletes or Entertainers
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Dirk Huybrechts
HFM Advisors
(310) 479-7958
P.O. Box 491695
Los Angeles, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PFP

Jeffrey Harwood
Ventura Advisors
(818) 857-5080
21860 Burbank Blvd., Suite 100
Woodland Hills, CA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, High Net Worth Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Alan Ungar
Critical Capital Management, Inc.
(818) 222-4773
23564 Calabasas Road, Suite 206W
Calabasas, CA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Psychology/Coaching, Women's Financial Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Josette Hewitt
Al Hewitt Inc
(877) 254-9348
400 Camarillo Ranch Road
Camarillo, CA
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, ABA, ATA, ATP, CFP®, EA

Spencer Sherman
Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC
(310) 566-1888
17383 Sunset Blvd., Ste. A360
Pacific Palisades, CA
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Brent Kessel
Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC
(310) 566-1888
17383 Sunset Blvd., Ste. A360
Pacific Palisades, CA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Real Estate Investments, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, 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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