Your current workplace retirement account – 401k, 403bGlobal Benefits provider Aon Hewitt surveyed more than 700,000 retirement plan participants during the period of 2006-2012, which included the market crash of 2008-2009. Their findings were astounding. Those plan participants that utilized some form of professional advice to manage their retirement accounts outperformed all others by more than 3.3% per year (after all fees).
This annual 3.3% return difference has a profound effect at retirement.
Below is an example of the impact this difference can make after 20 years for a 45-year-old that has $100,000 in their workplace retirement account:
Whether you're just entering the workforce or are close to retirement, it's important that you seriously consider hiring our retirement planning services. It can make the difference between spending the rest of your days comfortably or struggling to make ends meet. Here are some key things to know about retirement planning and why our services can help you.
Begin Retirement Planning Early
A lot of younger people may not understand the importance of using retirement planning in Plymouth Meeting until they are much older. Waiting too long to start retirement planning is not a wise decision. Retirement planning in Philadelphia, PA when you're young means that you have more of an opportunity to grow your funds. Essentially, your savings have the chance to be considerably larger the earlier you start utilizing retirement planning services.
The secret behind saving money for retirement is compound interest. When you're younger, you can take more risk with your investments that have the ability to provide powerful long-term returns. However, if you are unsure of what to invest in or when to sell, then your odds of long-term success are not very good.
Using a service like ours can help you choose the right investments and plan for the future.
Even if you are close to retirement, you can still prudently invest to maximize your retirement accounts as much as possible. We can help you understand where to invest and whether or not you should consider 401k rollovers.
Aon found, in dollar terms, that a 45-year-old participant that uses some form of professional advice will amass $587,000 by the age of 65 or 79% more. Both scenarios assume no further contributions by either participant and include all fees. The numbers magnify even more when 20 years of additional contributions are factored in.
Why the great disparity? The survey found that the portfolios of individuals who didn’t seek advice suffered from:
THERE IS A WAY for you to have your retirement account managed by a professional without disrupting your existing account. More than 100,000 retirement plans throughout the country, including 401k’s and 403b’s, allow for individual participants, like you, to engage a professional advisor to help manage your retirement account assets directly through your existing plan. The process is simple and easy to implement and nothing about your account will change other than a significant increase in your investment options. Contact us and we can show you how.
Understanding Costs of Retirement
Besides helping you with 401k rollovers, our company in Plymouth Meeting can also help you understand what amount you should be targeting with your retirement assets. Many entering retirement without having completed retirement planning believe that they will spend less in retirement than they do currently. Our experience is that is rarely the case. Most retirees spend nearly as much in retirement as they did before. They may not have a mortgage or children to raise but they usually find other things to spend their money on. Travel and healthcare often are the top two expenses.
As these retirement planning tips suggest, most people will end up spending as much as they do now when they retire. In general, it's always best to save for the same standard of living than not.
One way that we can help you plan accordingly is to break your retirement into phases. Early retirement is typically when a lot of recreational spending occurs. You may decide to buy a house or help your children through college or go on expensive trips. The middle phase may be a bit more conservative, but you should still expect normal, every day, expenses. The late phase of retirement should consider medical costs.
Even though people are living longer, it doesn't always mean that their twilight years are going to be spent in good health. Having retirement money ready or the proper insurance available to help with any medical costs is vital. Along with explaining and helping with 401k rollovers, retirement planning should consider your spending habits in the future. We can help you plan out each phase of your retirement.
Is a good portion of your wealth still sitting in your previous employer’s retirement plan? DO NOT make the mistake that so many have by falsely believing that all of their retirement assets were safe in their old 401k or 403b. Corporate bankruptcies happen, even large ones like Enron, market crashes happen like what happened in 2008-2009. If you have any portion of your retirement assets invested in your former employer’s stock, you must take action now.
When Enron went bankrupt, it was one of the largest companies in the S&P 500. At the time thousands of current and former employees had the majority of their retirement assets invested in Enron’s stock only to lose it all. When the market crashed in 2008-2009, Citicorp and many other large corporations lost 90% of their market valuations. Today, the stock of Citicorp, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, trades at 8% of the previous market peak it achieved in 2007. If you were an employee or former employee of Citicorp, Enron or other similar company and planning to retire between then and now, and you were heavily invested via your 401k in the company stock, your retirement has been decimated.
This is a common problem that we see over and over at Gwynedd. Executives come to us with retirement account statements from their previous employer’s and the accounts have not been adjusted since they left the company. Many times the accounts are either invested in a Stable Value fund, which earns virtually zero, or the company stock which represents 40%-50% of the total allocation.
We Can Help You Calculate After-Tax Rate of Investment Returns
An unfortunate part of investing and retiring is that taxes will eventually need to be paid. Depending on how often you withdraw money from your retirement or when, you might also face fees. Our company can help explain 401k rollovers and help you calculate after-tax rates of returns. You may find that other retirement plans are better than your current one when taxes are considered. In this case, 401k rollovers may be exactly what you need.
To ensure you receive the returns that you expect after taxes, we can help you calculate what your portfolio needs to grow to and the best way to invest it.
Start Planning Today in Plymouth Meeting
Our company can help you with 401k rollovers and planning for retirement. If you live near Plymouth Meeting, contact us today to start learning about 401k rollovers and the best way to invest for retirement.