What We Offer
At PSP & Associates Retirement Wealth Strategists, we believe everyone should be able to live the retirement they’ve always wanted. Our team of professionals can help you create a well-thought-out strategy, using a variety of investments and insurance products and services, to help you address your financial needs and concerns.
We offer services in these three areas:
Prepare for retirement by putting your hard-earned assets to work.
Retirement Income Strategies
Protect the assets that can help you live the retirement you’ve always imagined.
Asset Protection Strategies
Long-Term Care Strategies
Provide for the people and causes you care about the most.
IRA Legacy Planning
We can also refer you to professionals who provide the following services:
There was a day when the local savings and loan office was all anybody needed. The time of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart. Of course, that’s a distant memory. We have never lived in a more complicated financial world, where it is nearly impossible to keep things simple. There are many areas of retirement finance that require specialized knowledge, experience and expertise. Quite frankly, in today’s world, retirement certainty requires proactive planning with a trusted advisor.
PSP & Associates offers highly personalized, comprehensive services to help you plan for and protect your financial future for retirement. At PSP & Associates, our expertise spans the following services:
Recognizing that each person’s financial situation, retirement dreams and future goals, as well as potential problems and risks, are as different and unique as one cactus from another in the Sonoran Desert, PSP & Associates offers a comprehensive review and analysis of your current financial situation and existing financial plan. No “cookie-cutter” or computer-generated plans here. Through a thorough financial analysis, PSP & Associates will clearly define your unique financial DNA — from there, a detailed, customized plan will be designed to ensure you meet your retirement goals.
Retirement and Investment Planning
As retirees switch their focus from the accumulation phase of earning and saving for retirement to the preservation phase, where they are no longer working and receiving paychecks, it is important that they realize they must preserve what they have worked a lifetime to save.
PSP & Associates specializes in showing baby boomers and retirees how to increase rates of return while also protecting their retirement assets against a market downturn. Mere hoarding of the principal in ultra-safe, low- or no-yield investments offers no protection against inflation, no guarantee of income and no asset protection in case of severe medical or disability occurrences. “Money in the mattress” or money in CDs is really NOT a plan at all. By focusing on capital preservation and true asset diversification, PSP & Associates assists baby boomers and retirees on how to safely blend investment strategies.
You can no longer rely on Social Security to cover your retirement. People are living longer, health care costs are rising, nontraditional retirement plans are being eliminated and the cost of living is increasing.
One of the common pitfalls of baby boomers and retirees is not having a solid, reliable income plan for retirement. Are you simply calculating what you need monthly after pension and Social Security and withdrawing that from your retirement savings? That is not income planning. That’s living in survival mode.
When and how you withdraw money from your retirement savings is just as important as how you save and protect your money. Withdrawal fees, penalties and taxes can take a surprising bite out of savings if drawn on prematurely or late. You need to know the tax laws and understand the “fine print” of the financial products, investments and accounts you own — and frankly, few people ever read much of this until it’s too late and they get “zapped.” Also, there is a right time to convert portions of idle savings into guaranteed lifetime income. This, and the options for creating a guaranteed, certain “paycheck” every month from some of your savings needs to be discussed. The good news is that people are living longer; the bad news is that they often aren’t prepared. Your income plan needs to protect you against outliving your savings and the rising costs of health care.
Tax Analysis and Strategies
Most people think that if they have their taxes professionally prepared, they have their tax situation under control. If you’re not taking a step back and evaluating the types of investments you have and their tax consequences, you are probably paying more than your fair share of taxes. It is important to understand that where you invest your money and how you withdraw it in retirement can have huge implications on the taxes you pay. Without a well-coordinated tax and investment strategy, don’t assume you have your taxes under control.
Social Security Taxes
Up to 85% of your Social Security retirement benefits may be taxable. Many retirees are not aware of this, nor do they know how to reduce or eliminate taxes on Social Security.
PSP & Associates can work directly with your CPA to make sure you are not overpaying taxes and your financial portfolio is organized in the most tax-advantageous manner possible. We can assist you with lowering your taxable income while increasing your spendable income. We also provide consultation on capital gains deferral, income tax reduction, compound-interest strategies and more.
Do you know what your tax bill will be for your loved ones?
Inheritance tax, estate tax and death duty are names given to various taxes that arise on the death of an individual. Estate tax taxes the personal representatives of the deceased, while an inheritance tax taxes the beneficiaries of the estate.
IRA & 401(k) Rollovers
When you change jobs or retire, there are four things you can do with the money in your employer-sponsored retirement plan:
- Leave the money where it is.
- Take the cash (and pay income taxes and perhaps a 10% federal penalty tax if you are younger than age 59½).
- Transfer the money to another employer plan (if the plan allows).
- Roll the money over into an IRA.
Making the right choice is critical!
Your 401(k), IRA, pension, 403(b) or 457 plan may harbor hidden, ticking tax bombs that can rob you of a significant amount of your hard-earned savings.
PSP & Associates can help you roll over your retirement savings accounts — thus helping you avoid unnecessary taxes, penalties and fees — and build a comprehensive retirement plan.
Estate planning is simply determining, while you’re still alive, where your assets should go after you do. Procrastination is the leading cause of why retirees have not properly planned for retirement. Without a properly structured estate plan, your wishes may not be fulfilled, and your loved ones could be hurt both emotionally and financially.
A simple will is rarely up to the task of protecting your legacy for your loved ones and favorite charities. You may think you’ve “locked in” everything that is to happen with your savings, investments and assets by responsibly getting your will(s) done, but the tax man may have other ideas. Direct transfers to selected individuals or charities can be affected through different means, often bypassing probate and taxes. A will drawn up as a do-it-yourself project through an internet provider, or even wills prepared by attorneys, may well “hold water” — but you may not be aware of the other options and tools for control over your estate. PSP & Associates will work with you to customize a strategy to meet your long-term goals and needs. Whether you are trying to minimize the impact of taxes or simply guarantee your heirs will receive what you originally planned, PSP & Associates will work with your or our attorneys in planning today, and with your heirs in executing future strategies.
Our analysis of your estate considers best strategies for:
- IRA legacy planning
- Life insurance for your family’s protection in the event of your passing
- Probate avoidance
- Charitable giving for multiple tax breaks, income tax deductions, avoidance of capital gains on highly appreciated assets, and no estate taxes on your charitable gifts
IRA Legacy Planning
IRA accounts have become one of the largest types of assets inherited by beneficiaries. If they are structured improperly for distribution upon death, the government can end up being the largest beneficiary of these accounts.
However, a properly structured IRA may yield substantially more money for your beneficiaries.
PSP & Associates can show you how to leave a legacy to your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, while minimizing taxes that are due.
Life insurance is an estate planning tool that can be used to provide your family with the financial security they will need in the event of you or your spouse’s passing. Whether you look to give your family an immediate source of income or to reconcile your estate, PSP & Associates can assist you in adding a life insurance component to your portfolio.
As you know, life is full of surprises. There are a variety of circumstances that can happen at any time. Within a brief period, your nest egg you’ve worked so hard to save could be wiped out by a long-term illness or market volatility. There are multiple strategies and tools that may be integrated into your financial plan to protect your assets.
PSP & Associates can help you select and refine the appropriate asset protection and asset diversification strategies that will protect your retirement savings.
One of the biggest concerns for aging baby boomers and retirees may not be outliving income, but outliving good health.
Considering you have to exhaust virtually all of your financial means before Medicaid will pay for long-term care and neither your group nor major medical insurance will cover long-term care, it’s critically important to plan ahead and protect yourself from these costly expenses.
There are, however, many different and creative options beyond long-term care that are available today to protect your estate. The key is to have a plan.
PSP & Associates can assist you and your family with long-term care planning. Perhaps you don’t need long-term care today; but being prepared for a long-term illness now can alleviate stress and associated costs in the future, whether you purchase long-term care insurance or not.
Income Security for the Surviving Spouse
Incredibly, four out of 10 women over age 65 who are living alone wind up entirely dependent on Social Security for all of their income. Women tend to outlive men; some 15 years or more of widowhood is common. But wife or husband, living alone after the loss of a spouse create new, different and additional costs and needs — such as for in-home assistance, a driver, more trips to visit family or relocation. The unexpected, premature death of a spouse can be devastating if the spouse who passed away was receiving a pension or other income with poor survivor benefits. Ordinary life insurance may or may not be a sufficient answer to these matters. PSP & Associates can assist you in creating an income plan that includes the best income security for the surviving spouse. And this assures that the surviving spouse has a financial advisor who is already up to speed, in place, proven worthy of trust, who can be a calm, competent ally in determining financial needs for the surviving spouse immediately following the death of a spouse — and after.
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