Retirement Planning West Chester PA

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.

Allen Osgood
Financial Freedom, LLC
(800) 503-9500
5 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 210
Malvern, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

William Suplee
Structured Asset Management, Inc.
(610) 648-0700
Station Square One, Suite 204
Paoli, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CASL, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

William Heidig
FiscalWise, Inc.
(610) 891-7760
55 State Road, 2nd Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Kathleen Plummer
Plummer & Associates
(610) 565-8074
48 Rose Valley Road
Rose Valley, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Kent "Chip" Addis, Jr.
Addis & Hill, Inc.
(610) 688-9500
20 Louella Court
Wayne, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS

Timothy Caban
Copper Beech Advisors, LLC
(610) 647-4014
5 Great Valley Parkway
Malvern, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Alan Schapire
Libra Financial Planning
(610) 891-0762
280 N. Providence Road, Suite 100
Media, PA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

Thomas Smedile
Swarthmore Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(610) 892-9922
10 Veterans Square, Second Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MST

Donald Nicholson
Donald W Nicholson & Associates, Ltd.
(302) 529-1500
1403 Silverside Road, Suite B
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®

William Starnes
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 239-1654
1041 Valley Road
Hockessin, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, MST

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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