Where To Find Retirement Planning Services

By: Brenda Cyr

Now that you have decided to think about retiring, the next step is to get help from retirement planning services. There is a variety of sources for information about retiring, so it pays to take some time and research a few of your choices first.

The most obvious place to look for retirement planning services is to ask your friends and colleagues if they can recommend anyone. If someone is happy with the service they received from their retirement planner, they will be happy to recommend them to you. And, if someone has had a bad experience with a company, you will want to know that as well. You might end up with a collection of horror stories that can save you from making the same mistakes as your friends did.

Many workplaces offer this type of service to their employees, or have a list of recommended retirement planners. Set aside some time to meet with the person at your workplace who is responsible for your benefits. The Human Resources department can explain all the perks, investments and saving plans that your employer has for you to take advantage of. You might find that you have more options available to you than you knew about. This can certainly make planning for your retirement much easier.

Your television is one place you can collect the names of financial planners in your area. Watching their commercials can give you a feel for the type of business they run, and if it is a good fit for you. You can keep a running list of who is advertising, and what they offer. You might also find discounts and introductory special offers advertised on TV.

Online retirement planning services are becoming more popular, with most national banks and financial services offering information and tools online. You can explore their website at your leisure to decide if they offer services that might fit your needs. If you decide that you want to use their full service, they will probably charge you a fee in exchange for added online access to retirement planning services.

After you have done your due diligence, and found a couple of retirement planning services that might fit your needs, it's time to get on the phone and ask them a few questions. Some things you might ask include:

What services do you offer?
What service fees do you charge?
Do you have a department that specializes in retirement planning?
What hours are you open?
Do you offer online access?
What is the fee for the initial consultation?
What bank or financial institution are you affiliated with?

Make sure that your questions are adequately answered before you make an appointment. Reputable businesses will provide this information over the phone.
Finding the right retirement planning service is an important part of making sure you have the retirement you deserve. You want to work with someone who understands your goals, and lifestyle. If you want to maintain your current lifestyle, your retirement planner will need to know your current expenses so they can work out a plan that fits your style. You can never start too soon when it comes to planning your retirement. Try the suggestions above and you might be pleasantly surprised at the amount of help you can find.

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