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The idea of retirement can evoke a mix of emotions, including excitement and apprehension. You may be wondering how early you can realistically retire, how much it will cost, and whether you’ll have enough to sustain your lifestyle over the long term. In fact, 60% of Americans say their biggest fear is outliving their retirement savings. Regardless of your age or current stage of life, planning for retirement is essential to securing your financial future. So, how should you get started?
We live in an “OMG” world, where people have the tendency to make immediate and rash decisions based on limited information. No more is this true than in the stock market and investing world.
Successful investing depends on a number of factors, but perhaps none is more important than an investment portfolio built around your goals, preferences, and risk tolerance. Many money management and retirement planning tools aim to give investors a platform to gain the insight they need.
As wealth advisors, people often ask us for perspective on whether or not their money will last in retirement. Questions such as, “When can I retire? How successful will I be planning my retirement?” These questions relate to more than investing strategies. They’re strongly tied to your life strategies. If you want to live a rich life and plan for a happier, healthier retirement, you should consider everything that will impact your wellbeing.
When it comes to our retirement, we often have many important questions. And while all of them are valid, no two questions are as crucial as: “Will I have enough money to retire when I want to?” “Will I have enough money to last me through retirement?”
Some of us like tracking our investments on a fairly regular basis. Others prefer not to think about their savings, and only want their financial advisor to reach out if there’s something they need to know about. Regardless of your mindset, you should (and likely do) meet with your advisor on an annual basis. But you shouldn’t come to this meeting blind. It’s always best to be prepared to review your financials with your financial advisor.