Prior to retirement most individuals are still in the accumulation phase. Questions we commonly encounter from those still in the work force center around “how much is enough?” and “when can I retire?” We work with our clients to provide a road map that answers these questions and brings clarity to their unique financial situation. Paying attention to how much is being accumulated in both pre-tax and after-tax accounts is important to managing your effective tax rate in retirement.
Once someone retires, their primary motivation from a financial perspective is most often making their money last. It is a fine line between running out of money before you run out of time, or finding out late in life that you could have done more in your retirement years. We refer to this as the “regret zone”. The distribution phase can be stressful as individuals begin to draw down on savings accumulated over many years. We work with retired clients to effectively replace a paycheck with sustainable portfolio withdrawals.