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10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

If you're a decade or so away from retirement, you've probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition?

Decide when you'll retire

To determine your total retirement needs, you can't just estimate how much annual income you need. You also have to estimate how long you'll be retired.

Use the right savings tools

The most common retirement savings tools

Types of trusts

The type of trust you should use will depend on what you're trying to accomplish.

Charitable Giving Basics

Charitable giving can play an important role in many estate plans. Philanthropy cannot only give you great personal satisfaction, it can also give you a current income tax deduction, let you avoid capital gains tax, and reduce the amount of taxes your estate may owe when you die.

What is lifetime (noncharitable) gifting?

Lifetime gifts have many advantages over gifts you might leave in your will (these are called bequests, legacies, or devises).

Concentrated Stock Positions: Considerations and Strategies | Borrow to diversify

You could use your stock as collateral to buy other securities on margin.

Consider Charitable Giving When Developing Your Estate Plan

By leaving money to charity when you die, the full amount of your charitable gift may be deducted from the value of your taxable estate.

Concentrated Stock Positions: Considerations and Strategies | Donate shares to a trust

If you want income rather than growth from your stock, you might transfer shares to a trust.

Concentrated Stock Positions: Considerations and Strategies | Exchange your shares

Another possibility is to trade some of your stock for shares in an exchange fund (a private placement limited partnership that pools your shares with those contributed by other investors who also may have concentrated stock positions).