Integrated Financial Solutions, PLLC
As President of Integrated Financial Solutions; Joe focuses on tailored solutions for Business Owners and Executives. Our investment philosophy is based on award-winning academic research and when coupled with comprehensive planning, we believe it provides an effective solution to assist our clients in having a successful wealth management experience. We believe in a structured tailored approach to investing which utilizes low-cost and tax-efficient investment solutions.
Committed to retirement planning, Joe also specializes in retirement plan design and implementation. He works closely with plan sponsors to assure the retirement plan design selected fits their business’s unique needs. Today’s plan sponsors and fiduciaries are faced with many challenges. Laws and regulation changes, lack of fee transparency, conflicts of interests; IFS tries to bring clarity and provides independent guidance resulting in an integrated approach. In 2016, Joe was honored to be one of Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Advisors in the country.
During his career, Joe has earned the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS) from The Institute of Business and Finance, Accredited Asset management Specialist, (AAMS®) from the College for Financial Planning, as well as Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) from National Association of Plan Advisors. He is a member of Financial Planning Association (FPA), National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), Financial Services Institute, (FSI), and is also a perennial achiever of the distinguished industry award of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).
Joe enjoys spending his time with family, friends, and being outdoors with his 2 dogs Kaiser & Chase. A sports enthusiast and avid golfer, Joe also enjoys playing softball, attending football games (particularly the Minnesota Vikings). Joe followed the Arizona Cardinals to the 2008 Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, FL. He also attended the 2009 NFC Championship Game in New Orleans to watch the Minnesota Vikings.
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It really depends on a few factors.
- Are these retirement assets (IRA) or Individual Brokerage Account?
- What is your time horizon for this investment? Is this earmarked for something like a house or retirement?
- Do I you need income from this investment?
If these are retirement assets (IRA), at 48 you have almost 20 years before you’ll need to access these funds. In my opinion, it appears you may be investing outside of your risk tolerance. If you were a client of IFS, I would first review our strategy and see if anything has changed and let you know my thoughts on your strategy. Next, I may recommend changing your allocation or moving to a more Moderate or Conservative portfolio vs investing in an annuity.
A couple things about annuities.
- It looks like they’re recommending an Equity Indexed Annuity (EIA) since there is a 5% cap. EIA have principal protection (plus), lower fees than a traditional Variable Annuity (plus); but a cap on how much gain you can participate in (negative).
- Annuities are taxed differently than stocks. They are taxed as Ordinary Income (higher) vs Capital Gains.
- Your gain is taxed FIRST before any principal (assuming Non-Qualified)
- If you take any distribution before age 59 ½, you are penalized 10% as an early withdrawal penalty (plus tax rate).
Any questions, feel free to give us a call.
No, you don’t have to move or transfer your investments just because you moved states. Your investments are federally registered (most likely).
You may even be able to keep you current advisor as long as he’s registered in your new state. If not, you can always ask to be transferred to an advisor in your new state if you want to stay with your current Broker/Dealer.
As far as taxes, your income will just be filed with your new state.
Companies may have different stock symbols for various reasons. The most common reasons are:
1) Different Share Classes. Each Share Class requires its own ticker symbol. A company may have A Shares, B Shares, etc.
2) Preferred Stock. If a company issues Preferred Stock, each variance or series (Dividend/yield, maturity, callable options) will have a different ticker symbol.
Maximizing your savings is never a bad idea. If you have the ability to contribute more without changing your standard of living, I would highly recommend contributing more to your Roth 401k.
Maxing out your Roth 401k gives you an added benefit of tax-deferral and being able to take your gains out tax free in retirement...unlike if you saved in an outside individual (non-qualified) account which you would have to pay tax on annually (assuming capital gains/dividends).
Depending on your age and time horizon, there are a lot of options available to you as far as where to put your savings. To answer your question on how do you start saving, every little bit helps. I would recommend setting up a systematic way to help you save for retirement like contributing to a retirement plan (401k) which would come out of your pay every pay period or set up an IRA and have an amount you're comfortable with automatically deposited from your account (like the 15th of every month). This, over time, will help you grow your retirement savings.
I would recommend reading a little book called; The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. It’s a quick read and will help put your savings into perspective.
Secondly, you are correct with interests rates still near historical lows, you won’t find much growth opportunities in CDs. I would look first into investing in some type of index fund (either mutual fund or ETF). It could be either a stock index like the S&P 500 if you're more growth oriented or a Bond Index Fund.