Are You On Track to Reach Your Retirement Goals?
Thinking about retirement can be overwhelming, especially when considering what life may be like living on a fixed income. One of the best ways to improve your financial health in retirement is to start planning early.
When figuring out how to answer the 4 most important retirement questions, these are some things to consider in order to properly plan for retirement and stay on track with your goals during your working years.
How Much Will You Need?
The amount of savings needed for a comfortable retirement varies by each person's needs and preferences. Consider these questions when thinking about the type of retirement you’d like to have:
- Will you have rent or mortgage payments to make?
- Will you downsize your home?
- Are there any big purchases you’re planning to make in retirement (a new car, a piece of artwork you’ve always wanted, etc.)?
- What kinds of activities do you want to partake in? Will you travel or stay home most of the time?
- How much does it cost to live in your current city and will you stay there?
- Can you live on less than you currently make or will you need to keep the same level of income?
How much you’re currently saving impacts your future retirement. For example, if you’re saving 15%, that means you’re only spending up to 85% of your current income on regular expenses. In this case, a reasonable goal for retirement savings could be based on 85% of your current income.
Estimate Your Savings Rate
To estimate how much you’ll need to save each month from your income, determine how much you’d like to start off with when beginning your retirement using the factors above. Consider the average return rate for your portfolio, the rate of inflation and your anticipated Social Security payments. Once you have a yearly income goal for your savings, think about how many years of retirement you’re anticipating.
Using these factors, you’ll be better equipped to calculate your total retirement goal and your ideal monthly rate of savings to reach that goal.
One of the easiest ways to save for retirement is to opt into your employer’s 401k savings plan. This way, money is automatically taken out of your paycheck pre-tax and deposited into your retirement savings account. This isn't a bad strategy for starters, but it's also be good idea to diversify your savings, so you may want to consider other options as well, such as a Roth IRA and some more risk-diversified strategies - especially as you draw closer to your retirement years.
Consider increasing your rate of savings as your salary increases. If you’re just starting out in your career, you might decide to invest at least 4% of your salary into a retirement savings account. Most salaried positions include at minimum a raise of 2-3% for inflation each year, so if you increase your savings by 1% of your paycheck each year, your savings have the potential to grow at an exponential rate along with your salary. This article also has some very helpful strategies for building long-term wealth for your future.
If you’re concerned about how much to save for retirement or how to reach your savings goals, reach out to a financial professional for help. You can also find some helpful financial calculators on our website.
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