What you value may be more important than what you own. To follow through on your commitments -- to yourself, your family, and your ideals -- you need to think ahead. A personalized estate plan is important in helping to protect your family and your legacy.
A well-constructed strategy can help address your specific estate planning1 needs including:
Minimizing income and estate taxes
Transferring wealth from one generation to the next
Developing charitable gifting strategies
Aligning existing portfolios and retirement accounts with your estate plan
The amount you will need in retirement depends upon a number of variables, including the age you plan to retire, your desired retirement lifestyle, how long you expect to live, and the rate of return that you expect to earn on your investments. Social Security and employer-sponsored pension plans will likely provide a smaller percentage of your retirement income than they provided for your parents' retirement income.
One or more of the following strategies could help you to maximize your retirement income:
Retiring at a later age
Saving more before retirement
Spending less during retirement
Investing while still feeling comfortable with the level of risk involved
An adviser can help you determine which strategies make the most sense given your retirement objectives.
Education planning for your children can be a major financial consideration. Planning early allows you to take advantage of the time value of money and help minimize the savings requirement.
Consideration should be given to one or more of the following strategies when trying to maximize your college planning:
Prioritizing your education objective with your insurance needs, retirement needs, major purchases and current income needs
Developing an effective savings strategy that considers asset allocation and takes advantage of education plans
Considering the various education funding accounts -- Qualified State Tuition Plans (also known as 529 Plans2), Uniform Transfer to Minor Accounts (UTMA) / Uniform Gifts to Minor Accounts (UGMA)2, Coverdell Educational savings accounts2 and prepaid tuition plans
Ensuring college expenses are realistically calculated and include tuition, room and board and living expenses. There are many factors to consider such as the inflation rate for the rising cost of tuition, whether your child will attend post-graduate studies and whether your is likely to receive scholarships or financial aid.
You can now receive the same portfolio management services as many institutional investors-whether it is a separately managed account or a mutual fund wrap portfolio.
Some benefits of managed portfolios include:
Providing access to top-tier investment management professionals
Tailored portfolios to meet specific investment needs
Ownership equites and other types of investments
Ease of pre-designed mutual fund portfolios
Every investor is unique, and investment advisory services provide you with professional investment advice and a personalized investment strategy. Whether you're seeking a tailored, professionally managed portfolio, or the convenience and simplicity of a diversified mutual fund wrap program, your investment choice should focus on meeting your financial goals. During this process, you should consider current and future growth objectives, income needs, time horizon and risk tolerance. These considerations form the blueprint for developing a portfolio management strategy. The process involves, but is not limited to, the following important stages.
Set investment objectives
Develop an asset allocation3 strategy
Evaluate/Select investment vehicle
Portfolio review -- Ongoing portfolio monitoring
Portfolio management process
A sound financial plan should address the insurance coverages you, your spouse and family members may require.
Life insurance is used to pay for funeral expenses, repay outstanding debts, make charitable donations and provide living expenses for surviving family members. It can also be used to cover estate taxes and probate fees to enable your estate to be liquidated in the most appropriate manner.
Disability income insurance is to help partially replace income of persons who are unable to work because of sickness or accident. In terms of its financial effect on the family, long-term disability can be just as severe as death.
Long Term Care Insurance is a relatively new type of insurance product. Many people do not understand what Long Term Care insurance policies cover, how and when the policies benefit, and who should obtain coverage.
1 Neither Santelli Financial Group, its staff nor New York Life Insurance Company or its agents and affiliates provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, or accounting professional before making any decisions.
2 Securities offered through NYLIFE Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.
3 Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss, but is intended to help manage your goals and risk tolerance.