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Retirement Planning

We combine our abilities, resources and years of experience to provide the most comprehensive and objective analysis. We will work hand-in-hand with your existing advisors to build a synergistic effect, empowering you to pursue greater levels of financial freedom. This way, all of your trusted advisors will see your goals and objectives from the same viewpoint, maximizing your potential for financial security and success.

Tax Planning

Logical analysis of a financial situation or plan from a tax perspective, to align financial goals with tax efficiency planning. The purpose of tax planning is to discover how to accomplish all of the other elements of a financial plan in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Tax planning thus allows the other elements of a financial plan to interact more effectively by minimizing tax liability.

Tax planning encompasses many different aspects, including the timing of both income and purchases and other expenditures, selection of investments and types of retirement plans, as well as filing status and common deductions. However, while tax planning is an important element in any financial plan, it is important to not let the "tax" tail wag the financial "dog." This can ultimately be counterproductive, as virtually all courses of financial action will have some tax consequences, and they should not be avoided solely on this basis

Securities America and it's representatives do not offer tax advice

Financial Planning

A comprehensive evaluation of an investor's current and future financial state by using currently known variables to predict future cash flows, asset values and withdrawal plans.

Most individuals work in conjunction with an investment or tax professional and use current net worth, tax liabilities, asset allocation, and future retirement and estate plans in developing the plan. These will be used along with estimates of asset growth to determine if a person's financial goals can be met in the future, or what steps need to be taken to ensure that they are. While there is no specific template for financial plans, most licensed professionals will include knowledge and considerations of the client's future life goals, future wealth transfer plans and future expense levels. Extrapolated asset values will determine whether the client has sufficient funds to meet future needs.

A good financial plan can alert an investor to changes that must be made to ensure a smooth transition through life's financial phases, such as decreasing spending or changing asset allocation. Financial plans should also be fluid, with occasional updates when financial changes occur.

Asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protection from losses in a declining market.

Estate Planning

The collection of preparation tasks that serve to manage an individual's asset base in the event of their incapacitation or death, including the bequest of assets to heirs and the settlement of estate taxes. Most estate plans are set up with the help of an attorney experienced in estate law.

Some of the major estate planning tasks include:

- Creating a will - Limiting estate taxes by setting up trust accounts in the name of beneficiaries - Establishing a guardian for living dependents - Naming an executor of the estate to oversee the terms of the will - Creating/updating beneficiaries on plans such as life insurance, IRAs and 401(k)s - Setting up funeral arrangements - Establishing annual gifting to reduce the taxable estate - Setting up durable power of attorney (POA) to direct other assets and investments

Estate planning is an ongoing process and should be started as soon as one has any measurable asset base. As life progresses and goals shift, the estate plan should move to be in line with new goals. Lack of adequate estate planning can cause undue financial burdens to loved ones (estate taxes can run higher than 40%), so at the very least a will should be set up even if the taxable estate is not large.

Securities America and it's representatives does not provide legal advice