Sullivan Financial Planning, LLC
Kristi Sullivan has been helping people achieve financial security since 1996.
After graduating with a B.S. in Business from Colorado State University, Kristi worked for Great-West Life in the employee benefits department for three years. This experience gave her a strong background in employer retirement plans, Flexible Benefit Accounts, and group medical plans.
Departing for Fidelity Investments in 1998 gave Kristi the chance to learn more about financial planning on a personal level. In her nine years at Fidelity, my duties included operations, compliance, financial planning, and teaching investment classes.
Sullivan Financial Planning, LLC was formed in 2007 with the goal of providing clients exactly the type of help they needed, without the pressure of corporate quotas or sales numbers directing the recommendations.
Kristi holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and the Series 65 and Colorado Life & Health Insurance Licenses. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association, The Alliance of Professional Women, The Women’s Estate Planning Council, and the Denver Alumnae of Chi Omega.
She is proud to have been a volunteer speaker for the non-profit Evelyn Brust Foundation. As a speaker for the Brust Foundation, she presented on achieving financial security at public libraries for the purpose of providing the general public an education without a sales pitch.
In Kristi's down time is spent with her husband and two sons. She is always up for a ski day, travel, seeing plays, and reading a good book.
BS, Business, Colorado State University
Putting $320 back into the loan will not change your payment or loan terms by more than a few pennies at most. If you have credit card debt, start there. If the credit card is good, but you don't have an emergency fund, put it there.
I'm a fan of a paid-off mortgage. Many people will tell you not to give up the tax write off from mortgage interest. However, if you look at it as a whole part of your finances, that makes no sense. Say you are paying $10,000/year in mortgage interest and are in the 25% tax bracket. Your IRS write off will amount to about $2,500 back to you at tax time, but that's still $7,500 that just goes to interest to the bank. In other words, the write off still leaves you $7,500 in the hole for cash flow.
If you don't think you will be in the house for very long, don't pay off the mortgage and tie up the money in an illiquid asset (the house). If you do plan on staying in your house for 5 years or more, pay that debt off and enjoy mortgage-free living.
If you roll the 401(k) to an IRA before age 59 1/2, you will lose the loophole that allows you to take money out and avoid the penalty for early withdrawal. I recommend you stay in the 401(k) unless you have plenty of non-retirement money elsewhere to bridge the income gap until age 59 1/2.
You could use a target date fund geared toward the date you think you will use the money. That will give you exposure to US and International stock markets, a variety of bonds, and maybe even some alternatives such as commodities or real estate.
Don't make investing decisions based on who is president. Presidents come and go, but the economy rolls on for the long term. The bigger question is, how did you amass so much credit card debt and have you taken steps to keep it from happening in the future? If not, you will pay off the debt incurring a huge tax cost (about 40% of the total you with draw), and be in the same situation again in a few years. Only this time, without the retirement savings cushion.
See if you can negotiate lower interest on your credit cards and really clamp down on spending to get the principal paid down.
Please try, try, try not to raid your retirement account. Your grandparents weren't allowed to take out their pensions to pay debt. None of us can access our future Social Security payments for current bills. There is a reason for that structure. It's to keep our older selves from living in poverty.