4 Retirement Planning Steps Everyone Should Take

October 31, 2018

If retirement is in your future, listen up: A secure retirement plan isn’t just about savings, it’s about generating income, too. If you’re focusing only on your retirement savings, you likely will miss out on the retirement you want (and deserve).

Consider these four steps to take the next time you sit down to plan your retirement:

  1. Review your current situation. Regardless of where you’re at in your career, there are always a few questions you should ask yourself: Are you managing your debt? Are you managing your expenses? Are you saving and investing properly? You should hopefully answer “Yes” to all of these.
  2. Envision your retirement. What do you want your retirement to look like? Create a mental image of what your desired retirement outcome, and remember it. For example, you’re going to need more savings and income if you’d rather travel the world than stay in the same location for your retirement.
  3. Calculate your needs. Now you know where you are and where you want to go. Next, find out what you’ll need in retirement. If you’re younger, you can probably refer to the retirement general rule of thumb: You need 60-80% of your pre-retirement annual income in retirement. If you’re closer to retirement, though, you’ll want to discuss specifics with your financial advisor to better track and project your needs in retirement.
  4. Review your income sources. The final piece of the puzzle. You know what you need for retirement, but how will you make it happen? Make sure to consider all your income sources including Social Security, your home equity, investment portfolios, and possibly remaining in the workforce for a bit longer. All these steps are by no means ultra-detailed, but they provide a great start to planning the retirement you dream of.1

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[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiehopkins/2018/10/01/4-retirement-planning-steps-everyone-should-take/#7a8b80686a0a