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Retirement Reality Check

October 30, 2019
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It’s a fact that many Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement with 69% only having 10% or less of their income saved.1 Reasons? They’re clouded by many misconceptions that leads them to ignoring the steps needed to secure their retirements.

  1. You’ll spend less in retirement. Many people envision themselves doing a whole lot of nothing once they leave the workforce. The truth is you’ll most likely spend more. For instance, many retirees tend to splurge by taking frequent trips and additionally, spend a lot more on medical expenses.
  2. Living off Social Security benefits are enough. A common guideline is that you should aim to replace 70% of your pre-retirement income. And Social Security is considered the foundation on which you can build a secure retirement as it’s designed to only replace up to 40% of one’s income. With the high costs of living, long-term care, medical care, and more, one should consider seeking out supplemental income such as an annuity.
  3. After you retire, you can always get a job if you need more money. Sure, you can pick up additional income by finding a job; however, it’ll only get harder as you age. The reasons include the limited number of opportunities due to your physical and mental ability, health issues, and possible age discrimination are all factors.

Retirement planning can be complex. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Call us today. With our personalized approach, we can help you create a comprehensive financial plan to put you on the path to financial peace of mind.

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[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/14/heres-how-many-americans-are-not-saving-any-money-for-emergencies-or-retirement-at-all.html