David Lerner Associates: A Financial Plan that Works
A financial plan that works is important at any age, but it is essential for those approaching retirement age. While some costs may reduce as we grow older, others tend to increase. Medical bills, for one, can become a real concern.
Although the economy has been improving, the past few years have made it clear that we need to be financially prepared as we grow older, or we may find ourselves in a grim situation. Officially, you may be entitled to quit working in your 60’s, and the ideal age for retiring is considered to be 60–65.
Statistics show that over half of Americans over the age of 55 have no retirement savings at all, so it’s no surprise that working into their 70s is the ‘new normal’ for baby boomers in the U.S. .
Here are four ways to avoid the pitfalls of having no retirement to speak of:
1. Get a financial plan in place
Work out a retirement expense and income plan. Figure out a realistic budget of what is needed. Set that as your goal. If there are current expenses that are not necessary, cut as much as possible. Keep an eye on the prize. Set the plan in motion and stick to it. Without a plan, it’s unlikely you will have a comfortable retirement.
2. Speak to an advisor
Get as much advice as possible. Take the time to research the investment and retirement plans available. Find people you feel care about your personal goals, investments, and well-being.
3. Pay yourself first
Make your savings for retirement a priority, and ensure that the money you put away is in an investment you are knowledgeable and comfortable with. Talk to your advisor about your risks and security of investments. Gambling on a risky investment can derail your future.
4. Investigate alternative sources of income
If you are approaching retirement and have no savings to speak of, start looking for other ways to make money. There are all kinds of opportunities for older people to earn income today. Check out any opportunity offered very carefully, and do your due diligence.
A sound financial plan can help ensure that your golden years are indeed golden and not spent in a state of financial stress.
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