What Kind of Retirement Do You Want?

We all know the process. Estimate how much is needed in retirement
(which can range anywhere from 70% to over 100% of pre-retirement
income), determine available income sources, and then calculate how much to save annually to reach those goals. As you go through this largely mathematical exercise, however, don’t forget the most important part. You need to give serious thought to the type of retirement you want — visualize what retirement will be like.

Retirement is no longer viewed as a time to slow down, but considered a new beginning in life. That means your current living expenses may have very little to do with your retirement expenses. To help you visualize your retirement so you can estimate retirement expenses, consider these questions:

When do you want to retire?
Will you realistically have the resources to retire at that age?

Do you plan to stay in your current home, trade down to a smaller one, or move to a different city? If you plan to move, is the cost of living there more or less expensive than your present city?

Will your mortgage be paid off by retirement? What about other debts?

Will you continue to work after retirement? If so, will you work part- or full-time? Where will you work and how much can you expect to earn? Do you have any hobbies or interests That can be turned into paying job s?  Are you planning to start a business after retiring?

How will you spend your free time? What hobbies will you pursue? How much and where will you travel? How much will all these activities cost?

How will you pay for medical costs? Will your employer provide health insurance or will you need to purchase insurance to supplement Medicare coverage?

Do you have any medical conditions that are likely to impact your quality of life in retirement? What would you do if you became physically disabled? Would your spouse take care of you, would you move in with your children, or would you go to a nursing home? How will you provide for long-term-care costs?

How much of your income will be provided by personal investments, including 401(k) funds? Are you confident those investments will last your entire retirement?

What would happen financially if your spouse dies? If you die, would your spouse be able to support himself/herself financially?

Answering these questions should give you a clearer picture of what your retirement will be like.

If you’d like to review these questions in more detail, please call or contact me.

Frankly Speaking

The English astronomer Edmund Halley prepared the first detailed mortality table in 1693. Life and death could now be studied statistically,and the life insurance industry was born. – Mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk

“You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred.” – Woody Allen
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The World owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

Summertime an’ the livin’s easy, fish are jumpin’ & the market is high…And where is RISK when the Market is HIGH? Where is the market today? You got it – HIGH! And what can you do about it? Ever hear of Guaranteed Income Accounts*? Or ‘Buffered’ accounts, either Exchange Traded Funds or (God forbid) annuities*? They each offer downside protection in exchange for a ‘cap’ on gains. So, WHEN do you think the next correction will occur? Sooner or later?

If you or anyone you know wants to discuss protection of your gains, PLEASE call or contact me ASAP!

*All guarantees and protections are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.