Manage your investments

As your life changes, you need to manage and adjust your investments so they remain in line with your goals. That means doing the basics, like evaluating your asset allocation regularly and reviewing your beneficiaries in addition to more advanced strategies such as managing company stock and converting from traditional to Roth IRAs.

Re-assess your risk tolerance, asset allocation and diversification

Your comfort with the ups and downs of the market — or risk tolerance — may be very different than it was during your saving years. Changes in your tolerance for risk, as well as the need to generate income from your savings, could trigger changes to your mix of investments.

Invest for the long term

Your retirement could last longer than your career. Staying invested in the market — even if your primary need is income — is critical to making sure your money lasts and you don't lose out to inflation.

Consider Roth IRA conversions

For some, a beneficial strategy may be to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.The potential growth of any earnings in a Roth IRA will be tax-free. In addition, there are no Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for Roth IRAs, so you only take distributions when you need to.1 Distributions are tax-free as long as certain conditions are met.

Review your beneficiaries

To make sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, it's important to review your beneficiaries.

Adjust your financial plan

You'll need to review and revise your financial plan regularly as you draw on your savings, continue investing and determine goals for your estate.

1 Beneficiaries who inherit Roth IRAs are subject to RMD rules.

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Monitor your accounts regularly

As you get closer to retirement, it's important to re-evaluate your asset allocation and monitor your accounts annually.

Review risk tolerance, asset allocation and diversification

Changes in your tolerance for risk could trigger changes to the mix of investments you own, called asset allocation, as well as how you diversify within your asset allocation.

Invest for the long term

Even in a down market, it's important to stay invested to keep your assets growing. Your retirement could last longer than your career, and you need to stay ahead of inflation.

Establish a retirement income strategy

The transition from saving and investing to living off your savings takes careful planning. Now is the time to determine what you'll need to maintain your lifestyle — and then plan how to use your income sources through a retirement income strategy.

Understand net unrealized appreciation (NUA) tax strategies

If your employer-sponsored retirement account includes company stock, you'll need to address net unrealized appreciation (NUA). By understanding some simple strategies, you can plan ahead to help reduce the taxes you'll need to pay.

Consider a Roth IRA conversion

If you have one or more traditional IRAs, now may be a good time to consider converting them to Roth IRAs. Any potential growth in a Roth IRA will grow tax-free, qualified withdrawals are tax-free if certain conditions are met, and there are no required minimum distributions during the owner's lifetime.

Review your beneficiaries

To make sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, it's important to review your beneficiaries.

Diversification helps you spread risk throughout your portfolio, so investments that do poorly may be balanced by others that do relatively better. Diversification is not a guarantee of overall portfolio profit or protection against loss.

Asset allocation strategy does not assure or guarantee better performance and does not eliminate the risk of investment losses.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal and tax advisors regarding your individual situation.

Neither Ameriprise Financial nor its affiliates may provide tax or legal advice. Consult with your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues.

Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients.

Assess risk tolerance, asset allocation and diversification

Risk tolerance is a measure of your comfort with the ups and downs of the market. Once you understand your own risk tolerance, you can create your asset allocation, and then diversify your investments within each asset class.

Invest for the long term

Although it may be tempting to pull out of a bad market, it's smarter to start investing for retirement or stay invested and weather the storm. In the past, the markets have always recovered, and fleeing the market may be a lost opportunity.

Managing employer stock in retirement accounts

If your employer-sponsored retirement plan includes company stock, you'll need to pay extra attention to diversification and understand how you'll need to handle that money during retirement.

Consider a Roth IRA conversion

If you have one or more traditional IRAs, now may be a good time to consider converting them to Roth IRAs. Any potential growth in a Roth IRA will grow tax-free, qualified withdrawals are tax-free if certain conditions are met, and there are no required minimum distributions during the owner's lifetime.

Neither diversification nor asset allocation assures a profit or protects against loss in declining markets

Investment products, including shares of mutual funds, are not federally or FDIC-insured, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any financial institution and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value.

Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.