Retirement is Near. Time to Get Prepared to Start Living Off That Nest Egg.

Dec 27, 2021 | Retirement Planning

The moment for retirement is almost here and you need to get ready to live off your retirement savings. There is no better time to think about the financial aspects of your retirement. We offer these tips to help smooth the transition.

No one can second guess the discipline you’ve maintained building your nest egg in your pre-retirement years. But as you enter retirement, it’s time to reassess your exposure to risk and seek the most efficient ways to preserve your wealth even as you spend it down.

Calculate the investment return you really need.

The more you’ve saved, the less you need to put at risk once you retire. To quantify the return you require, decide how much you need to live on annually and then gross it up by the inflation rate you anticipate. Measure the inflation-adjusted amount you’ll draw as a percentage of the money in your retirement accounts and the amount you’ll collect from Social Security—that is roughly the rate of return required to maintain your lifestyle.

Rationalize your asset allocations.

The way you allocate your money to the various asset classes dictates your exposure to risk. Historically, high-quality fixed-income securities return less than stocks, but they also tend to be less risky. Because you’ve calculated your required inflation-adjusted return, you can now allocate your assets in pursuit of the return you want while managing your risk exposure.

Decide how to handle a shortfall.

You may find you don’t have enough savings to achieve your desired lifestyle without taking on more investment risk than you feel is prudent. To bring your finances into balance without going on a stock-buying spree, consider how to trim your post-retirement costs without sacrificing your most important goals.

If necessary, you can work longer.

When cost-cutting isn’t enough, you might want to consider postponing retirement or look for new ways to earn income after you retire. Many new retirees report a sense of drift in the months after stopping work. Working longer can provide a financial boost and a psychological lift, both of which can ease your transition into full retirement.

Time for some hard thinking.

Nothing concentrates the mind like change, and change is what you are about to experience. I invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss your challenges and opportunities now, before your retirement arrives. Together, we can identify your best options to help you work toward your life-long dreams.

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