Social Security benefits provide the foundation that most Americans will rely on in retirement, and decisions related to the claiming of benefits can have a profound impact on retirement income and overall quality of life. Despite the heavy reliance on Social Security- it provides over 90% of the retirement income for one in three recipients-less than 5% of seniors avail themselves to strategies designed to maximize their benefits. Continue reading
Retirement planning involves a delicate balance between adequately planning for a long retirement and maximizing the enjoyment of the money you’ve worked hard to accumulate. In most cases, a retirement that lasts 35 years will require far more financial resources than will one that lasts 20 or 25 years. What is more, the final years of retirement may be the most expensive, as costs associated with chronic or end-of- life care come due. Advances in medical technology have extended life expectancy for many, but certainly not all, demographics. Longevity is a critical consideration of retirement planning, but so too is recognizing that living to an advanced age demands more retirement savings or a lower lifetime income, and whether this is justified based on your current health, lifestyle and family history. Continue reading
One of the biggest retirement issues that people face is that they have not spent enough time planning for retirement and therefore don’t have a plan in place to retire confidently. No matter your age, you should have a plan that is specifically designed to meet your personal goals and needs while taking into account your time horizon and level of risk tolerance.
Every retirement plan should:
1. Provide for predictable streams of income that are reliable and can help avoid surprises.
2. Allow for access to your financial assets to meet your changing needs over time
3. Include some elements for growth opportunities so that your income has the potential to keep pace with inflation.
There are 5 big retirement risks that people face:
1. Inflation Risk This is your reduction in purchasing power over time. At a bare minimum, your income should keep pace with inflation in order to maintain your standard of living. Did you know that you that you would need $264.12 in 2010 to match the buying power of $100 in 1980. [Beauty of Labor statistics, CDI calculator 2010]
2. Healthcare Risk The cost of healthcare has increased dramatically. Did you know that the average price increase of prescription drugs from 1994-2005 was 8.3% per year?
3. Longevity Risk This is the possibility of people outliving their financial assets. Did you know that there is a 63% probability that one person from any given couple (currently age ~65) will live to age 90? With many people living 20-30 years (or more!) in retirement, it is important to appropriately plan so that your financial assets don’t run out.
4. Excess Withdrawal Risk This is the risk of withdrawing too much money from your investment portfolio too quickly, which could result in running out of money. Did you know that 70% of people falsely believe they can safely withdraw 10% or more a year from their retirement saving?
5. Market Risk This is the possibility that you have investment losses that may reduce the amount of money you have to live on in retirement.
In order to retire with confidence, developing a sound retirement plan that addresses these specific issues is integral, instrumental, fundamental. We will dive more deeply into these topics in the coming weeks. For now, if you have questions or want to set up an initial assessment of your retirement strategy, contact us.