The Informed Investor
To succeed in the business world, many female executives sacrifice a great deal. Long hours on the job can make it difficult to find the time to plan for retirement, much less find time for all the other demands in your life. In our opinion, the more successful you are in business, the more important it is to have a solid retirement plan in place. After all, as an executive, you’re used to living a certain lifestyle—you should have the financial means to maintain that lifestyle once you’re no longer working. A surprising number of executives fail to save enough money for their golden years, however when you’re earning a large income every month, you can easily catch up by starting now. Here’s what you need to know.
There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Solution
A retirement investment strategy should be based upon your unique goals, whatever those may be. While there’s no shortage of investment advice on the internet, you are better served by working with an experienced financial advisor who will take the time to understand what you want out of your retirement and can provide guidance on a strategy to work toward your objectives.
We often see executives spending a great deal of money as a way to reward themselves for the sacrifices they’re making; in theory, they should be investing for retirement, but in reality, they’re spending almost as much as they bring in each month. Part of a customized retirement investment strategy is taking a look at your financial picture as it stands and helping you balance the desire to live the lifestyle you want now, while also setting aside money to allow you to continue living that lifestyle in the future.
Your Age Dictates Your Retirement Investment Strategy
It’s never too late to start investing for your retirement, but it is important to understand that investment strategies will differ based on both your current age and the age you’d like to retire. In other words, how many years do you have to save for your retirement?
If you’re closer to your retirement age and have not adequately saved, you’ll need to start building your nest egg quickly. For our younger clients, there’s more room to take a slower, steady approach. We can provide you with information to make prudent investment decisions based on your needs, timeline, and your appetite for risk—for example, investing in stocks may bring the highest rewards, but they are also riskier and more volatile than other assets. Your financial advisor can present options to you and recommend a diversified portfolio designed to weather market volatility.
Don’t Forget About Taxes
Most people focus on investing when planning their retirement, but you’ll also need to think about taxes, which are another critical component of your retirement investment strategy. You want to pay the least amount of tax possible while maximizing your tax-deferred investments; our in-house tax specialist can work with you and your accountant to help you achieve this goal.
Consider not only how much money an investment may make over time, but also how those gains will be taxed. Some investments generate tax-free income while others are tax-efficient; others differ depending on how they’re used or how long they’re held.
Learn More About Our Financial Services
If you have $3 million or more in investable assets and would like to learn more about our financial services, our financial advisors are here to help. ICC provides clear and unbiased guidance for its clients, backed by a team of experienced fiduciary, financial experts. Contact us today at 702-871-8510 to learn how our team can help you.
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