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Retirement Planning Specifically For Electric Cooperative Employees

My name is Brian Coleman. I worked for White River Valley Electric Cooperative in Branson for 11 years. I left White River in January 2019 to open 80/20 Financial Services, a retirement income and investment planning firm that specializes in retirement planning for electric cooperative employees. My expertise is in retirement planning and I've helped many cooperative employees, just like you, turn their NRECA 401k and R&S Pension into a plan that will provide them lifetime income and can change their family's legacy.

Why Did You Start a Retirement Planning Firm?

I started this firm to help people, specifically electric cooperative employees, with retirement planning. I worked for an electric cooperative for over 11 years and during that time I saw a need for retirement planning above and beyond what NRECA is capable of providing you.

While working in the cooperative world I saw many cooperative retirees take the monthly annuity option because they thought it was "safe" even though it wasn't the best choice for them. I also say many cooperative retirees take the lump sum option to big name brokerage firms and insurance companies that didn't have their best interest in mind. That led me to starting my own firm. I saw a need for retirement planning outside of what NRECA offers you and I knew I could help you with that.

In 2016, while still employed at my cooperative, I started the process to become a registered financial advisor in the state of Missouri. In January of 2019, I left my cooperative to start 80/20 Financial Services. 

I know your profession and benefit plans better than any other financial advisor will. You have excellent retirement benefits available to you. I can help you maximize those benefits while creating a retirement income and investing plan that aligns with your retirement goals.

Deciding between the monthly pension annuity or the lump sum option is one of the most critical decisions of your financial life! And most importantly, it's a decision that can't be corrected later. Once you sign the papers, that's it. It's imperative you get a second opinion on this matter.

I can help you make the right decision for your situation. As an Independent Registered Investment Advisor, I work for you. You can be assured you are getting financial advice from an advisor you can trust, that knows your profession, that once had the same benefit plan as you, that is a Fiduciary who is required by law to put your interest ahead of my own.

I want to make clear that 80/20 Financial Services is not in competition with NRECA. My goal is to help cooperative retirees optimize the great benefits NRECA and your cooperative provide you. I’m a huge fan of NRECA, their benefit plan and cooperatives in general. 

Should We Work Together?

80/20 Financial Services can help you answer questions like:

  • Should you take your cooperative's monthly pension or lump sum offer?
  • Do you have enough money between your R&S and/or 401K to retire?
  • Could you possibly retire at age 55 or earlier?
  • Is your cooperative 401K invested correctly for your retirement goals?
  • Should you be investing in a Traditional 401K or a Roth 401k?
  • Are you contributing too much or too little to your 401K?
  • Should you quasi-retire from your cooperative?
  • Should you accept an early retirement offer from your cooperative?
  • When should you claim Social Security Benefits?
  • How can you lower your tax bill in retirement?
  • How do you invest your retirement money so that you increase your income in retirement?
  • How do you create an income stream in retirement that is similar to when you were working?

80/20 Financial Services is an Independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) registered in the state of Missouri (CRD# 300772). We help electric cooperative employees in Missouri and throughout the United States transition into retirement. Being independent allows us to work exclusively for YOU.

I would love the opportunity to discuss retirement options with you. Click here to schedule a complimentary meeting via my website. I'll offer you an educated opinion.... and a cup of coffee if you would like to meet in person. I can also meet via a web chat or feel free to call, email, or text at 417-294-5277.

You Need A Plan

If you're interested in "beating the market" or finding the next "hot stock" we can't help you.

If you're interested in creating a goal-focused, long-term plan to ensure you don't run out of money in retirement we can help you.

We create and manage retirement income and investment plans for electric cooperative retirees to ensure the money you have saved lasts the duration of a 20-30 year retirement and beyond.

We work to ensure the money you need in the early years of retirement is safe and not subject to temporary market fluctuations, while at the same time putting the money you'll need in the later years of retirement in a position to receive the permanent market returns necessary to provide an income that increases and outpaces inflation.

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Thanks for reading!

Brian Coleman/Electric Cooperative Retirement Specialist