It's Never too early for a plan

The things you see yourself doing when 9-5 no longer belongs to someone else. The places you picture yourself exploring. The people you intend to spend it all with. If you can imagine the way you want to retire, you can plan for it.

With employer pensions on the decline and uncertainty surrounding Social Security, retirement planning is more important than ever. Chris Brown can help you understand exactly how much you'll need to retire the way you want, and develop an income strategy to get you there. He will look at your expenses, priorities, and goals and help you put your money to work, so you can take some well-deserved time off.

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Today's Retirement Planning

Many people are focused on saving a certain amount for retirement but don't think about what they're going to do with that money once they reach retirement—to make it last as long as they do. The strategies you use to get to retirement are not the same strategies you'll need to make sure your money lasts through retirement. This video looks at:

  • What happens after you accumulate your savings
  • How market volatility impacts your withdrawals
  • The tax ramifications of withdrawing from tax-deferred accounts

Where can retirement income come from?

Beyond traditional investments, here are some more places where you can find money for retirement:

  • Put money away now, for a guaranteed income later with annuities.
  • Aside from keeping your loved ones' financial future bright, you can use living benefits from your whole life insurance policy after you stop working.2 More about Life Insurance
  • IRAs and your employer's 401(k) plan are good ways to save for retirement today. Learn more about IRAs and 401(k)s.

Your policy's cash value typically becomes a useful source of funds only after several years of premium payments, which allows the cash value to build up. Each method of utilizing your policy's cash value has advantages and disadvantages and is subject to different tax consequences. Surrenders of, withdrawals from and loans against a policy will reduce the policy's cash surrender value and death benefit and may also affect any dividends paid on the policy. As a general rule, surrenders and withdrawals are taxable to the extent they exceed the cost basis of the policy, while loans are not taxable when taken. Loans taken against a life insurance policy can have adverse effects if not managed properly. Policy loans and automatic premium loans, including any accrued interest, must be repaid in cash or from policy values upon policy termination or the death of the insured. Repayment of loans from policy values (other than death proceeds) can potentially trigger a significant tax liability, and there may be little or no cash value remaining in the policy to pay the tax. If loans equal or exceed the cash value, the policy will terminate if additional cash payments are not made. Policyowners should consult with their tax advisors about the potential impact of any surrenders, withdrawals or loans.

The Northwestern Mutual Difference

We make plans for people, not just money. So no matter your goals, we have access to top rated products and services to help you meet each one.

  • Best Life Insurance Company ranked by NerdWallet, April 2019 1
  • Highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer from all four major rating agencies2
  • Top 10 U.S. Independent Investment Broker-Dealers3
1 ©2017-2019 and TM, NerdWallet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

2 A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), May 2019; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), May 2019; Moody's Investors Service, Aaa (highest), September 2018; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2019. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

3 Measured by 2018 total revenues. Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC. Sources: Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News, May 2019.

Christopher W Brown, ChFC®, CLU®

Wealth Management Advisor

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