Retirement Planning West Jordan UT

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.

David Swapp
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Robert Christenson
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

James Zeberlein
Z Financial Planning LLC
(800) 918-1790
2150 S. 1300 E., Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Debra Knotts
Albion Financial Group
(801) 487-3700
812 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU

Denise Smith
Financial Planning Office LLC
(801) 466-4101
1308 South 1700 East, Suite 208
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Ray LeVitre
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Paul Winter
Five Seasons Financial Planning
(801) 272-0902
4505 S. Wasatch Blvd., Ste. 290E
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, College/Education Planning, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, EA, MBA

John Bird
Albion Financial Group
(801) 487-3700
812 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Financial Issues Between Generations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Thomas Fritz
Wilson Financial Advisors, Inc.
(801) 355-5210
50 South 600 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, College/Education Planning, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Kent Wilson
Wilson Financial Advisors, Inc.
(801) 355-5210
50 South 600 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, 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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