If you have $600,000 saved toward retirement can you retire? It may be possible. It really all depends on what is important to you in retirement and how much income you need for a comfortable retirement.
To figure out if $600,000, or any amount, is enough for you to retire on you’ll need to consider things like your withdrawal strategy, investments, taxes, and other sources of income. Continue reading
That’s not a typo. Asset location is an often overlooked aspect of retirement planning. That is unfortunate because asset location can significantly affect the after-tax value of your retirement income. I’ll explain what asset location means and how you can use that information to increase your retirement income. Continue reading
What is sequence of returns risk? We often think of investment return as an average rate over some period, such as 10, 15, or 20 years. This is especially true regarding investment returns within a retirement planning context where the investment horizon is often very long.
Anyone interested enough to be reading this knows that investments are volatile and do not generate returns in a strict, consistent, uniform manner. Instead, investment returns fluctuate. In some periods an investment (or portfolio of investments) may return much more than it’s average. In other periods, the investment may produce a return that is very near, or much less than, it’s average. Continue reading
C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set a new goal, or dream a new dream.” Is it possible he could have known about today’s retirement crisis? The truth is, no matter how much we prepare, sometimes, life happens. The closer we are to retirement age, the more strategy we need to employ to recover. The following are six common life events that can potentially derail your retirement goals as well as recovery strategies. Continue reading
When you’re self-employed, the burden of saving for retirement falls entirely on you, which can be a bit daunting. At the same time, being self-employed allows you total freedom over your financial future; you can more-or-less decide how much to contribute to your retirement fund as well as what type of retirement account will best suit you.
If you’re self-employed and beginning to consider your retirement options, however, there are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. Continue reading