When they think about retirement, many people have two big concerns. First, they worry they won’t have enough money to support their lifestyle. Second, they fear their money won’t last. To help put their concerns to rest, pre-retirees need answers to questions many of them don’t even know to ask.
The financial advisory team at Thrive Capital Management, LLC, led by longtime industry veterans David Bezar, Karen Bezar, and Bret Elam, specializes in answering those unasked questions. Whether in client meetings, during their weekly Thrive Retirement Roadmapradio show (1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia), or through public seminars, Thrive’s advisors work to empower people with financial knowledge so they can live the retirement they always envisioned.
“When we meet people for the first time, we initiate conversations they didn’t know they needed to have at this stage of life,” David says. “Breakthroughs like these can be life-changing.”
Through all four steps of its comprehensive financial planning process, the Thrive team brings critical concerns to the forefront and proposes creative solutions in areas that may not have been previously addressed. Clients learn, for example, strategies that might allow them to pay zero taxes on long-term capital gains or IRA income, maximize their Social Security benefits, and minimize tax liabilities. In some cases, clients are surprised to discover they can retire earlier than they’d planned.
“Many people assume they must wait till a certain age to start taking distributions from their retirement accounts,” Bret says.
“We show clients how they can buck conventional wisdom by planning for tax efficiency and covering healthcare costs before Medicare kicks in. Our job is to get people to think differently and help them achieve goals they once thought impossible.”
Thrive is also dedicated to serving the unique financial planning needs of women. Karen says she’s passionate about encouraging women to pay close attention to their finances to help them enjoy long-term security and financial peace of mind.
“In many cases, women put off or ignore important financial issues,” Karen says. “Or they find that after the death of their spouse, their financial situation is much different than they thought it was. When women tell me, ‘You’ve really opened my eyes,’ it’s heartening to know they’re taking control of their future.”
As an independent, fee-based Registered Investment Advisor, Thrive is wholly dedicated to serving its clients’ best interests. The firm provides an initial hour-long Thrive Retirement Roadmap ReviewSM free of charge, and if a client relationship results, the team addresses every financial need in house: investment planning, Social Security planning, tax planning, IRA conversions, and more.
Thrive’s advisors are equally committed to serving the greater good. As a state chapter president of the Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA), David is an outspoken advocate for financial education. He and his team are always looking for new opportunities to give back to the community by sharing their knowledge.
“Our goal is to inform as many people as we can,” David says. “We want them to understand how to prepare for retirement so they can thrive and be happy once they’re in it.”