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Planning for a confident retirement

Planning for a confident retirement
We deliver personalized financial advice to help you achieve your goals, today and tomorrow, through our Confident Retirement® approach. We start with a conversation about key financial areas including covering essentials, ensuring lifestyle, preparing for the unexpected and leaving a legacy.

By identifying clear steps to take toward your goals, we can help take the uncertainty out of planning for your financial future. Working together, we can help you feel more confident, connected, and in control of your financial life.

Planning for a confident retirement

Areas of focus

  • Investment Management
  • Women's Financial Strategies
  • Tax Planning Strategies
  • Business Retirement Plans
  • Retirement Plan Distribution
  • Retirement Income Strategies
  • Insurance
  • Investments
  • Social Security Retirement Benefits
  • Wealth Preservation Strategies
  • Retirement Planning Strategies
  • Small Business
  • Estate Planning Strategies
  • Charitable Giving
  • Domestic Partner Planning
  • Executive Compensation and Benefit Strategies
  • Intergenerational Planning
  • Family Finances

Community participation

  • MOCSA– Cathy Wear serves as the Young at Art Event Co-Chair
  • Operation Breakthrough – Cathy Wear volunteers and is an auxiliary member
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Cathy Wear serves as a C100 member (Committee of100)
  • Synergy Services – Park Ulrich serves as a Board Member
  • Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City – Cathy Wear serves as a member
  • The Kansas City Ballet – Cathy Wear serves on the Ballet Guild
  • The Kansas City Symphony
  • The Children's Place
  • Boys and Girls Club

Working with us

Ameriprise financial advisors deliver personalized financial advice to help you achieve your goals, today and tomorrow. Your advisor takes the time to understand what’s truly important to you. Together, they will document your goals, track your progress and make ongoing recommendations to help you diversify your portfolio, and adjust to whatever life brings – both the expected and the unexpected.

Take the first step toward a more confident financial future by setting up an initial conversation.

What to expect from the first meeting

Your first meeting is complimentary and will focus on your financial needs, goals and values. During the conversation, you’ll learn the value of personalized advice, the costs associated with working together and next steps. It’s an opportunity for you to get a sense of what it might be like to work together.

To help your advisor understand your current financial status, it’s helpful to share information on accounts and income. Examples include:

  • Current income and expenses
  • Bank and investment statements
  • Home and real estate
  • 401(k) and IRA accounts
  • Insurance policies

Additionally, consider future financial goals you would like to achieve, including both short- and long-term goals.

Questions to consider before you meet

To prepare for your first meeting, think about your current financial picture and priorities. To help, consider these financial questions:

  • What are your most important financial goals right now?
  • What concerns you most about your finances?
  • Did a recent event cause you to seek advice?
  • What are you looking for from a financial advisor? What are you not receiving currently?

What you’ll receive going forward

Your first meeting is just the beginning of an ongoing relationship and process. When you work with an Ameriprise advisor, you can expect:

  • One-to-one financial advice based on your goals and needs
  • Personalized recommendations for a diversified portfolio, and solutions to protect you from uncertainty
  • Regular meetings to review your goals, progress and investments
  • Anytime access to your investments, and digital tools to help you stay on track

With right advice supported by research and online tools to track your progress, we can help you feel confident, connected and always in control of your financial life.