Case Study 2 – High Income Professionals Planning for Retirement
Collaboration is Key to Building an Effective Retirement Plan for High-Income Clients
A hard-working, high income earning couple engaged Ironwood Investment Counsel to help them manage their portfolio and successfully plan for their pending retirement. The couple was challenged by their variety of real estate and insurance assets, as well as their income and expenses associated with a successful medical practice.
While planning for a comfortable retirement that would accommodate the couple’s current lifestyle was the primary goal, Ironwood discovered it could address additional concerns and goals:
- Bring structure and organization to their financial lives relative to their retirement objectives
- Determine the ability to purchase a second home without jeopardizing other retirement goals
- Establish a savings plan for their grandchildren’s college expenses
How We Helped:
Ironwood designed and implemented a portfolio which was aligned with the clients’ other income producing assets. As part of this process, Ironwood created a comprehensive retirement plan to account for all of their assets and liabilities as well as their future income and expenses. The retirement plan also validated the ability for the couple to:
- Buy a second home with a purchase price up to a certain range
- Set aside capital for future wedding expenses
- Establish monthly contributions to 529 plans for the couple’s grandchildren
“Our clients really wanted help to organize them from a planning perspective while managing their portfolio to meet their goals,” said Jeffrey Shiffra, a Partner in the firm. “Their former advisor was solely focused on managing money, while we were able to look at the bigger picture to move them closer to where they wanted to be financially. “One of the most challenging aspects of the process was determining how the clients’ insurance plans fit into their overall retirement plan,” said Shiffra. “Working closely with the clients and their different professionals, we were able to address that concern as well as implement irrevocable life insurance trusts as part of their estate plan. Collaboration with outside professionals is often critical to helping our clients reach their goals and is part of our overall philosophy at Ironwood.”
Ironwood successfully created a retirement plan and investment structure to meet the clients’ overall retirement goals and objectives, building upon the clients’ variety of assets in a realistic time frame.