Retirement planning involves evaluating your current financial standing and creating an accumulation strategy that will help to ensure a desired retirement lifestyle. Because an individual's retirement years can span decades, retirement planning generally dominates other financial goals. A successful plan that is put into place during the wealth-building lifespan should address ways to maximize growth and tax-efficient distributions. It should also address how to leave retirement assets to the next generation. There are several ways to save for retirement:
Individual retirement accounts (e.g., Traditional IRA, Roth IRA)
Executive deferral plans
You may find that qualified plans, IRAs, and social security won't provide enough money to support your desired retirement lifestyle. By identifying your retirement gap, you can develop a strategy for personal savings to be invested outside of the traditional retirement vehicle.
Business owners or executives may have access to other tax-advantaged retirement-savings vehicles. Nonqualified executive compensation is a generic term used to describe a compensation arrangement that provides retirement income -- and in some cases, death benefits -- to key employees of a business.
At the heart of any retirement plan is the distribution of accumulated assets. The correct distribution method will help to ensure that your retirement savings last beyond your lifetime with minimum shrinkage from taxes. From premature distribution options that allow access to retirement assets prior to age 59-1/2 to products intended to provide stable monthly payments for retirement, distribution planning is paramount to a successful retirement plan.
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