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Life Stage Priorities
- Begin to identify appropriate vehicles to accumulate savings addressing three primary needs:
- Short term savings - i.e.; cash for emergencies
- Intermediate - term savings, three to five year time horizon - i.e.; cash for down payment on car, boat, vacation home, etc.
- Retirement savings - money to be set aside for accumulation and create income for future needs, fifteen to twenty year time horizon.
- Begin to identify levels of risk tolerance in order to utilize appropriate financial vehicles:
- Conservative - CD's, money markets, bonds, annuities
- Moderate - Mutual Funds, dividend paying stocks, variable annuities
- Aggressive - Growth stocks, commodities, options
Primary tools for asset protection are:
- Life Insurance - Type of life insurance purchased is determined by need and budget
- Cash accumulation - permanent insurance
- Term - coverage for a specified period of time
At this life stage, cash accumulation products provide opportunities to accumulate tax-free money that can be used to fund retirement plans.
- Replaces significant portion of lost income
- Flexible in design and scope of benefits
For established business owners, specific disability products can be used to replace various ongoing business expenses in the event of a prolonged disability of the owner.
- Offsets expenses incurred for confinement in a nursing home or home care
- Plans can be customized to fit budget
- Typically expensive
- Limited insurance providers
New product innovations offer more affordable alternatives.
- A long-term process designed to create a realistic road map to provide financial freedom at retirement.
- A retirement plan should include:
- Realistic financial goals
- Appropriate financial vehicles, i.e.; 401K, 403b, IRA
- Possible obstacles
- Appropriate contribution levels
- Funds available to build supplemental retirement savings outside of the traditional qualified plan market
- Utilize various financial calculators available to assist in determining income needed annually
- Identify existing sources of retirement income
At this stage it is important to identify a knowledgeable and skilled advisor to assist in developing a plan.
Process of determining amount of income needed to sustain during lifetime.
- Social Security
- 401K, 402b, IRA, Roth IRA
- Cash value Life Insurance
- Brokerage Accounts
- Federal and Local Taxes
- Insurances - Home, Vehicle, Life, Long Term Care
- Home Maintenance
If the existing plan comes up short, look at alternate retirement vehicles to make up deficit.
- A comprehensive plan selected to pass assets jointly or singly owned at death to designated heirs and/or beneficiaries.
- A well-developed estate plan would typically include:
- Personal property
- Retirement plans
- Investment accounts
- Life insurance/Annuities
- Business ownership
- Partnership interests
- The estate plan is generally guided by a will or trust or both
- An executor and/or Trustee are usually appointed to assist with settlement of estate assets.
The estate plan documents are usually written by an attorney to incorporate the legal requirements and personal goals and wishes.
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