Are you prepared financially to live longer?
December 2016: By the year 2040, it is projected that 14.6 million Americans will live to 85 years old or older. This is triple in population from 6.5 million in 2014, according to the Administration of Aging.
Are you prepared financially to live longer? If you’re age 20 or older, retirement planning should be one of your top priorities. Not sure where to begin? I asked Nate Haberman, AAMS® Financial Advisor at RCB Wealth Management to share a few tips.
Figure out your retirement income needs. Use your current expenses as a starting point. Don’t forget to factor in items like travel, new vehicles and healthcare expenses.
“A financial plan does not have to be complicated,” Haberman said. “Its purpose is to help you get from where you are to where you want to go, as well as improve the odds that you won’t outlive your money in retirement.”
Invest in your employer-sponsored retirement plan or an individual retirement account.2 Start now.
“It can be hard to plan for retirement when you are living paycheck to paycheck,” said Haberman. “But, a small amount is better than no amount. Setting aside a little bit each month will add up in the long run, especially if your employer matches a percentage of your contributions.”
Build an emergency fund. Prepare for the unexpected and avoid tapping into your retirement savings.
“At one time or another, an expense will come up that you didn’t plan for - car repair or hospital visit,” said Haberman. “An emergency fund is there to help manage the financial risks of unforeseen expenses and potentially lessen some stress. Plus, early withdrawals from retirement accounts often have tax penalties assessed to them.”
Revise your plan along the way. Life happens. Plan, prepare, review and adjust regularly in order to stay on track of your goals.
“A professional advisor can assist you through realistic expectations in your planning, while taking into consideration items like the age you plan to retire, inflation and taxes,” said Haberman. “A professional can walk you through all the available tools so you can better understand your options.”
While having a plan doesn't guarantee a successful retirement, it may help you alleviate possible hardships, and allow you to live the life you want during your golden years.
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