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Retirement Services

Whether you've just started your first job or you're just around the corner from retiring, we can help you create a personal retirement plan portfolio.

We'll help identify your funding resources, develop a savings and investment plan and tailor investments to help produce the levels of income you'll need.  If you're retired, approaching retirement or are still years away, Financial Advisors** at BECU Investment Services can create personalized strategies to address your current and future needs.

Planning for Retirement

How much money will you need to retire comfortably? Do you have a plan?  Will your money last throughout your retirement?  Financial advisors can help you project the amount you may need to save towards your goal and plot your next steps.

Nearing and Transitioning to Retirement

Did you know that in recent surveys, Americans are not saving enough for retirement? In the years leading up to retirement, you'll want to figure out when you can retire, determine how long your nest egg will last and the kind of lifestyle you might expect. We're here to get to know you and work to understand your goals so we can discover, plan, implement and monitor a financial plan and investment strategy that works for what matters most to you.  Our disciplined process utilizes a five step plan to develop a complete financial framework for your future.

Retirement Solutions

  • Rollover IRA - If you're leaving a company, we can help you rollover your 401(K) into an IRA where you may have more flexibility around how you manage your savings.
  • Traditional IRA - An option for anyone under 70 ½ with earned income. Contributions grow tax-deferred until they're removed. 
  • Roth IRA - Offers more flexibility than Traditional IRA around how and when money can be withdrawn. Unlike traditional IRAs, there's no Required Minimum Distribution when you turn 70 ½.
  • Weighing your 40lk,VIP, 403B Options at retirement - Should you take the cash out? Leave your money where it is? Or roll it into an IRA? We can explain your options and help you consider the benefits and limitations of various options.
  • Required Minimum Distributions - Mandatory distributions are required at age 70 1/2. We can help calculate what you need to do to help avoid tax penalties.
  • Cash flow analysis and income planning

Five Key Risks for a Successful Retirement

Risk 1: How long will I live?

It is clear that Americans are living longer than ever before.  As a result, your retirement assets must be structured to provide you with income for as long as you will need. Consulting with your financial advisor to create a strategy that provides for life, regardless of how long that may be, can help ensure that the length of your journey does not diminish its quality.

Risk 2: Will my income keep up with the cost of living?

Over a period of years, exposure to even moderate or low inflation rates can have a dramatic impact on your spending power.  Working with your financial advisor to turn your nest egg into a retirement paycheck can help you keep up with inflation and make sure it doesn't drag you off course.    

Risk 3: How much will I pay for health care?

Strategy for addressing increasing health care expenses must be a key component of any retirement roadmap. Determine what investment and insurance vehicles can be best manage your health care risk to help ensure that whatever your future needs, you are confident in your ability to meet them. 

Risk 4: How do I invest my money?

Asset allocation* is the process of dividing invested asset classes such as stocks, bonds, cash and real estate to help manage risk. Your financial advisor can help ensure that no single event or market downturn has the power to derail your retirement journey.

Risk 5: How much can I withdraw from savings?

Discussing your future income needs with your financial advisor can help you to get an idea of the expenses that lie ahead, both planned and unexpected.  From there your advisor can map a strategy that may allow you to withdraw money when you want it while leaving enough in reserve to pay for emergency expenses and help ensure your assets don't run out too soon.

Direct access to local professionals

Once you retire, you'll need to effectively manage your  withdrawals and expenses from your retirement savings. Financial Advisors can work with you to develop a detailed withdrawal plan and help to prepare for unexpected life events.

Read more about our team of knowledgeable and experienced advisors and contact any of us directly to set up your complimentary in-person consultation.

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Jeremy Blackburn

Jeremy Blackburn

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Auburn, Federal Way, Redondo


Phone: 206-812-5356

Jeremy has worked at BECU since 2010 and specializes in financial planning, including retirement planning, investment management, rollover services and fixed income strategies. He has a passion for making the member a priority and experience in VIP, 401(k) and 403(b) rollover services, Traditional and Roth IRAs, annuities, long term care and life insurance.

Jeremy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Western Washington University. He holds licenses in Life and Disability Insurance, as well as Series 7 and 66 securities registrations with LPL Financial.

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Michael Dukes

Michael Dukes

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Kent, Bonney Lake, Hawks Prairie


Phone: 206-812-5244

With 19 years in the industry, Michael helps members work toward financial and retirement goals by focusing on risk reduction, a reasonable return and sound stewardship of the core portfolio.

Prior to BECU, Michael served as an Officer in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He holds a BA in Accounting, a BS in Psychology, an MS in Systems Management and an MBA, in addition to, Series 7, 63, and 66 licenses with LPL Financial.

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Darren Horejsi

Darren Horejsi

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Downtown Seattle, Renton-Tukwila


Phone: 206-436-2829

Darren has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He works with members to gain a thorough understanding of their goals and dreams, then customizes a strategy to work towards meeting their needs.

Darren graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration. He holds Series 7, 63, & 66 registrations with LPL Financial and Washington State Life and Disability Insurance.

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Brenda Huber

Brenda Huber, CFP®

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Bothell, Woodinville, Silverdale


Phone: 206-812-5144

Brenda is committed to building relationships with members and providing personalized investment strategies with the goal to help accumulate, preserve and transfer wealth. She enjoys working with members to help them not only pursue their financial goals, but also understand the value of high-quality investments.

Prior to joining BECU, Brenda was a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments. Brenda’s areas of experience include Roth/Traditional IRAs, VIP, 401(k), and 403(b) rollover services, fixed and tax free income strategies, annuities, and retirement planning. She earned a BA degree in finance from Wayne State University and holds Series 7 and 66 registrations & insurance licenses with LPL Financial.

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*Asset Allocation can not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.

**Financial Advisors are registered with, and Securities and Advisory Services are offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. BECU and BECU Investment Services is not a registered broker / dealer and has a brokerage affiliate arrangement with LPL Financial. Investments are:

Not NCUA / NCUSIF Insured Not Credit Union Guaranteed Not Obligations of BECU May Lose Value

Branch Office located at BECU, 12770 Gateway Dr., Tukwila, WA 98168. BECU, BECU Investment Services and LPL Financial are separate entities.