Ready, Set, Retire: Key Steps for Securing Your Financial Future

When planning out your retirement, it is helpful to understand each element like a puzzle piece. Where is your money going to be coming from? Are you going to take out social security? Do you have a pension? If so, what plan are you going to apply for? Are you taking money out of your qualified retirement accounts, such as your 401K, your IRA or more? Where is it that you will live? 

All of these answers fit into your portfolio plan after you have considered all of the possible questions. The reason it is structured like a puzzle is because you cannot force pieces to fit, if you have not done your due diligence in the planning process. 

So let’s plan together! 

Let’s start with a couple simple steps…

  1. Start Early: One of the most important aspects of retirement planning is starting early. The earlier you start saving and investing for retirement, the more time you have to grow your nest egg. We advise starting as early as your first job, even if it is just a small percentage of your income. This can help you take advantage of compounding interest and build a strong financial foundation for your retirement. 
  2. Set Realistic Goals: When planning for retirement, it is important to set realistic goals that take into account your lifestyle, expenses, and expected income sources. Not to mention those of your spouse as that can affect your joint portfolio as well. A good way to create a realistic plan is to save for retirement based on your current age, income, and retirement goals. This can help set realistic saving targets and ensure you are on the right track to meet your retirement needs. 
  3. Diversify Your Investments: As retirement approaches, it is important to diversify your investments to minimize risk and maximize returns. This can help you achieve a balance of growth and stability in your retirement portfolio. 
  4. Plan for Healthcare Costs: Healthcare costs can be a major expense in retirement, especially if you have health issues or require long-term care. This can be combated by factoring in insurance premiums, deductibles, and out of pocket expenses. You may also want to consider long-term care insurance to cover the cost of assisted living or nursing care. 
  5. Create a Retirement Income Strategy: When you retire, you will need a reliable source of income to cover your expenses and maintain the lifestyle you desire. It is important to take into account income sources such as social security expenses, pensions and retirement accounts. This can help maximize your income while minimizing taxes and a number of other expenses.  

For a more detailed explanation of these topics, check out episode 127 of Life Unlimited, sit back and let us walk you through the planning process.