The Client

A couple in their mid-50s both worked at biotechnology companies in the Greater Boston Area. The husband and wife duo did exactly what their parents told them to do when they entered the workforce: save, save, save. And, that is exactly what they did. 

Combined the couple was making $675,000 per year, and both husband and wife were blindly maxing out their 401(k) plans, while also saving as much as possible into their savings account. The couple had a daughter in high school looking to attend college in a few years, which the couple planned to pay for. 

The Dilemma

The couple, thinking about retirement and paying for college, wasn’t sure if they were on the path to do both successfully. A few questions they had for LRVS advisors were:

  • Is the 401(k) in the right spot for a successful retirement?
  • What should they do with all their savings?
  • What are the tax implications in retirement?
  • Where should they pull the money from to pay for college? 

When the clients hired LRVS they had $2.5 million combined in their 401(k)s, as well as $600,000 in savings in the bank. 

The Approach

By having the client map out their financial goals through the planning process with LRVS Advisory Group, the advisor utilized a three-prong approach. First, after looking at the 401(k) portfolio and realizing the lack of diversification, the advisor took advantage of the ‘personal choice retirement account’ (PCRA), which allows individuals to invest in a wider range of investments than the more restrictive traditional 401k alternative. The SDBA/PCRA is designed to help investors in three ways: increased diversification, additional flexibility, and the option of professional guidance in managing their retirement savings.1

Secondly, due to the client’s income they were looking for ways to save tax efficiently. The clients made too much income to add to a Roth IRA, so the advisor looked at back door Roth strategies, and identified a need for additional tax free savings. The couple purchased a $1.0 million cash value life insurance policy in order to create a potentially tax-free bucket
of savings.*

Finally, the advisor created a plan for the couple’s savings by placing their $600,000 into a brokerage account, allowing the cash to work harder for the couple. Rather than investing in a 529 education plan for their daughter who was attending college relatively soon, the benefits of the brokerage account outweighed those of the 529 plan.

The Outcome

When the clients started working with an LRVS Advisor their 401(k)s were invested in a target date fund, not well suited for their situation. Since the clients were great savers, they were unknowingly taking on too much risk for their specific situation. By allocating into the PCRA, they received a customized allocation which reduced the risk of their portfolio from a 9.4 standard deviation to a 6.3, all while maintaining a similar target portfolio return. The changes made to the couples 401(K) plans gave them new confidence in their retirement savings goals and plans. The advisor will continue to reevaluate their 401(K) plans to ensure the client’s are unleashing the potential and maximizing growth. By readjusting the couple’s 401(k) allocations into the PCRA/SDBA they were able to reduce their overall risk, while aligning their projected returns to meet their retirement goals. 

LRVS was able to help the clients invest their idle cash through a dollar cost averaging program, by placing the savings into a brokerage account, which is set to outpace inflation rather than simply losing money every year in their checking account. The couple’s $600,000 at .04% in checking account with inflation between 2.1-2.4% is a loss of 2% per year or a $12,000 purchasing power (the value of the sum of money). By reinvesting those dollars in a moderate allocation the client can expect a better opportunity at a higher growth rate. Overall, LRVS reduced the couple’s overall exposure to cash, and allowed them to clarify how they would be paying for college. 

In purchasing, a cash value life insurance policy the couple created a potential tax-free savings vehicle for retirement either for an unforeseen expense or for planned retirement income. This strategy is designed primarily to create a potentially tax free retirement income, resulting in a total expected distribution of $863,000 throughout their retirement.* Once the couple purchased the cash value life insurance strategy, the family was protected the 10 years before retirement, throughout retirement, and played a role in the client’s estate planning.

The combination of these strategies provided these clients with new piece of mind and confidence, knowing that they were on a better path towards successfully sending their daughter to college and ultimately retiring they way they intended.  

Talking to an LRVS Advisor about your financial goals is the first step towards a path of custom direction to achieve those goals. Visit our website at www.lrvsadvisory.com to schedule a complimentary meeting today to learn more about what the team can do for you. 

1 Charles Schwab and Co., Inc. “Charles Schwab PCRA Self-Directed Brokerage Account.” PDF File.

*Proceeds from a life insurance policy are generally tax free as per section 7702 of the US tax code. Past performance does not guarantee future results and your results will vary.

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