In retirement, you have to transition from saving to spending. You’ve worked hard to amass wealth, and now you must protect it from market downturns and make it last for the rest of your life. We have seen record highs in the stock market recently, but the state of the market at the time of your retirement isn’t within your control. Here are three crucial questions to ask yourself when preparing for and in retirement.

When Will You Retire?

 The decision to retire isn’t always based on money. Sometimes the desire for freedom, health problems, or a spouse’s retirement can drive the decision. Retiring late or early can work out fine, granted you have a solid financial plan in place. Deciding when you’re going to retire will also bring up the question of when to claim Social Security benefits and important decisions regarding Medicare. If you’re no longer receiving a paycheck, consider how you can create income streams in retirement and how you’ll draw down your retirement accounts.

Are You Taking On Too Much Market Risk?

Remember that you may see periods of market volatility during your retirement, and it can help to plan ahead of time. While “timing the market” is a popular investing theory, it doesn’t account for market drops caused by unpredictable events like the pandemic. An unexpected downturn can leave you in a difficult position if you’re relying on investments for income. Not every retiree necessarily has to pull out of the market completely, but every retiree needs investment planning strategies to address low interest rates, market volatility, and inflation.

How Much Income Will You Need In Retirement?

Many retirees want to upgrade their lifestyle in retirement or maintain their current lifestyle. It’s traditionally estimated that retirees need 80% or more of preretirement income to maintain their standard of living, but individual situations vary greatly.[1] Think about how much you will actually spend during the first few years of retirement. This budget should include “fun money” as well as basic expenses.

Could You Benefit from Having a Financial Planner In Your Corner?

If you or your spouse have had a long career, you know the value of expertise. There’s a reason why we see doctors instead of just Googling symptoms, ask for legal advice from a lawyer instead of a website, and hire electricians, plumbers, and carpenters instead of DIYing every home project. These professionals have years of training and experience, and so do we. We want to be in your corner throughout retirement, and this means offering professional advice and helping you create a comprehensive retirement plan. Take the first step by signing up for a complimentary financial review with us today.


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