Executives and small business owners face many challenges in saving for retirement. In life there are many priorities like houses, education, braces and vacations that get in the way of saving for retirement. When cashflow allows the limits on what you can save often keeps you from saving enough to meet your retirement objectives. This is where Executive Catch-Up plans can help. Technically they are premium financed life insurance. Premium Financing is borrowing money from a lending institution to pay premiums on a life insurance policy that can provide tax free retirement income and pass the death benefit to beneficiaries’ income tax free. Using leverage is nothing new. We use it every day to buy our cars and homes. The concept is the same except with this the bank puts up some of the money. For Small Business owners it allows you to use your capital more efficiently while providing both safety for your family and a retirement plan for your future. These plans are not for everyone. In order to qualify you must be in good health and have income over $200,000 and a net worth of at least $1,500,000. But if you qualify the benefits to you and your family are substantial.
Long-Term Care Planning
Retirement Tax Planning
For some the word Annuity causes a chill to run up their spine. The reality is that Annuities are often oversold. I believe that creating income that you cannot outlive is an important part of your retirement plan. Years ago, the previous generation had pensions that they could not outlive. In the 1990’s companies began to shift from these Defined Benefit Plans to Defined Contribution plans. This shift was from the company providing the actual benefit to just allocating the money upfront and thus transferring the responsibility of income to the employee. The challenge today is how to recreate the income that employers used to provide. I philosophy is that you cover fixed expenses with guaranteed income and primarily this comes from Social Security and a fixed immediate annuity. There are some strategies to get more out of these products, but it gives my clients what they need and that is a baseline for their plan. There are many other products that can be used for future income and I help with understanding these products as well. What I do not believe is that an Annuity is an investment. The costs often exceed the benefit. Annuities are a commodity. What I mean is that they change on a regular basis. For this reason, I remain independent and for my clients I research which carrier provides the greatest benefit for the money. I believe that income is the name of the game in retirement and because of this you need to understand how annuities work and how to best use them. This is where I can help.
Social SEcurity Optimization
98% of people do not get all they can out of their Social Security benefits. Did you work your entire life and get to retirement age and say I want to get less? For 8 years I have traveled the country educating both financial professionals and individuals on how to get the most out of their Social Security Benefits. The analysis I provide gives you the facts you need to make decisions on when and how to utilize your Social Security in your retirement plan. I provide your detailed analysis of how to optimize benefits using all the rules that apply to your unique situation. This allows you to see clearly what impact different filing strategies have on your retirement plan. There are many moving parts in retirement but knowing how to file for Social Security is the foundation of your plan. It is the easiest to control and this optimization can be hundreds of thousands of dollars difference in benefits over your lifetime. For $100 you can have all the facts to make the best decision for you and your retirement. To get your analysis click here. (send factfinder document through Mailchimp)
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