Retirement Planning Woodbridge 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.

John Frisch
Alliant Wealth Advisors
(703) 878-9050
4008 Genessee Place, Suite 201
Woodbridge, VA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Carroll Hayes
Charles Carroll Financial Partners, LLC
(703) 750-3600
4115 Annandale Road, Suite 205
Annandale, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Real Estate Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Michael McLenigan
Professional Financial Solutions, LLC
(703) 385-0870
10517A West Drive
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Timothy Wesling
Wesling Financial Planning Services Corp.
(703) 535-8280
101 N. Columbus Street, Suite 402
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CDFA, CFP®, CMFC

Edwin Knowles
The Knowles Company, LLC
(703) 620-9445
10863 Weisiger Lane
Oakton, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Stephen Lingle
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC
(703) 507-7531
4518 Demby Drive
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
College/Education Planning, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Martin Hopkins
Hopkins Investment Management, LLC
(703) 222-7570
11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 800
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Scott Walker
Alexandria Financial Associates, LLC
(703) 671-5959
4900 Seminary Road, Suite 105
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Carolyn Walder
Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC
(703) 519-1254
211 North Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mark Helm
Helm Financial Advisors, LLC
(703) 501-8531
712 W. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

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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