Retirement Planning Sterling 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.

Femi Shote
Asset Harvest Group, LLC
(703) 444-7819
20534 Meadow Island Place
Potomac Falls, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Professional Athletes or Entertainers
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Carl Emerick
Sentinel Wealth Management, Inc.
(703) 871-5018
11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 130
Reston, VA
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

Marjorie Fox
Fox, Joss & Yankee, LLC
(703) 889-1111
1925 Isaac Newton Square, Suite 400
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, BA, CFP®, JD

Mitchell Martin
Mitchell Advisory, Inc.
(703) 481-9868
11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 2000
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Gerald Cannizzaro
Ticknor, Atherton and Associates
(703) 476-3521
12040 South Lakes Drive, #201
Reston, VA
Expertises
Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, College/Education Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Bonnie Sewell
American Capital Planning, LLC
(703) 579-7031
11921 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Entrepreneurs, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Jon Yankee
Fox, Joss & Yankee, LLC
(703) 889-1111
1925 Isaac Newton Square, Suite 400
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Financial Issues Between Generations, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Daniel Joss
Fox, Joss & Yankee, LLC
(703) 889-1111
1925 Isaac Newton Square, Suite 400
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Entrepreneurs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, Other

Joni Alt
Hopwood Financial Services
(703) 787-0008
10135 Colvin Run Road Suite 210
Great Falls, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Frank Boucher
Boucher Financial Planning Services
(703) 391-8466
1900 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, 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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