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Crafting Your Retirement: How John and Sarah Found Financial Confidence with $1.5 Million


John and Sarah, ages 61 and 58, are embarking on the exciting journey toward retirement. Having diligently saved for years to reach the $1.5 million mark in investable assets, they found themselves at a crossroads. They are seeking clarity on how best to navigate retirement’s financial landscape as they have many questions and uncertainties about securing their financial future.

Challenges Explored Together

  1. Retirement Lifestyle: As retirement drew closer, John and Sarah pondered how to maintain their desired lifestyle without stressing about money. They’re not flashy but want to do more traveling now they have more free time.
  2. Investment Confidence: They sought an investment strategy that aligned with their aspirations, balancing growth opportunities with stability to safeguard their hard-earned wealth. They didn’t want spend their retirement researching investments and staying on top of the market.
  3. Tax Efficiency: They wanted to maximize their earnings by minimizing tax liabilities, requiring smart strategies tailored to their unique situation.
  4. Legacy and Estate Planning: John and Sarah wanted comfort ensuring their legacy was protected and smoothly passed on to their loved ones.

DWM's Journey with John and Sarah

Crafting a Personalized Retirement Plan:

  • Together, we mapped out a detailed retirement plan based on their aspirations, expenses, and comfort with risk, ensuring their retirement goals were accounted for.
  • Strategies encompassed optimizing income sources such as Social Security and pensions while ensuring a sustainable, tax efficient withdrawal plan from their investments.

Tailored Investment Management:

  • Leveraging their $1.5 million, we tailored a diversified investment portfolio aligned with their aspirations and timeline, ensuring a balance between growth and stability.
  • The focus was on a mix of growth-oriented and income-generating assets, reflecting their unique financial ambitions.

Smart Tax Strategies:

  • By employing tax-efficient investment vehicles and withdrawal plans, we helped minimize tax burdens while maximizing their earnings potential.
  • Through tactics like tax-deferred accounts and strategic asset placement, we optimized their financial position for tax efficiency.

Ensuring a Lasting Legacy:

  • We understood the importance of legacy planning and supported John and Sarah in crafting an estate plan that honored their wishes.
  • Trusts and beneficiary designations were established to ensure a seamless transfer of assets, preserving their legacy, and minimizing tax implications for their heirs.

The Results

Confidence in the Plan
Our comprehensive planning gave John and Sarah the confidence to envision and embrace their ideal retirement lifestyle.


Tax Smart Solutions
Our strategies ensured that more of their wealth stayed in their hands by minimizing unnecessary tax liabilities.


Sound Investment Strategy
Their custom investment strategy balanced growth with security, enabling their assets to grow steadily in alignment with their goals.


Seamless Estate Transition
With a structured estate plan in place, John and Sarah secured a smooth transition of their assets to their heirs, preserving their legacy.

The above case study is hypothetical and does not involve an actual Dechtman Wealth Management client. No portion of the content should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience the same or certain level of results or satisfaction if Dechtman Wealth Management is engaged to provide investment advisory services.

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