Financial retirement was very different for our parents. They worked for the same company for most of their careers. When they retired, they started receiving monthly checks from their company pensions. Nowadays, financing retirement is much more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Read on to find out how.
There are two issues that must be dealt with so you can have the freedom in retirement to focus on living instead of constantly worrying about your investments. The first issue is how much money you can receive on a monthly basis. The second issue is how long you will live.
These issues are inter-related. Very few people have an endless supply of money. Most have a nest egg that they’ve accumulated over time. The nest egg includes money from a 401(k), the lump-sum from the company pension and other monies that have been set aside.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you will receive a paycheck each month in your retirement and that the amount of your pay can increase each year? Better yet, what if that could be done in such a way that your nest egg continues to grow in value?
I believe that we need to re-think the way we invest during retirement. Let.s face it: the size of a retiree’s nest egg isn’t what it needs to be if you can only get paid 4%. I regularly talk to retirees that need to withdraw 6-7% a year. Traditionally, doing that would result in depleting the nest egg by age 80-85 or sooner. That won’t cut it.
Life expectancy continues to increase so you need to be able to depend on your money lasting far beyond age 85. If you retire at age 60, it’s becoming much more likely that you will live 30 or even 50 years. That’s places a lot of pressure on your nest egg!
According to the Urban Futures Institute, the big killers of the pre-World War II years all had disappeared from the leading causes of death by the 1980′;s.The main causes of death nowadays are cancers and cardiovascular disease. There are billions of dollars being invested in research each year trying to find ways to prevent or cure both.
Researchers are finding that current death rates for those over age 95 are far less than what had been predicted. Previously, it was anticipated that the death rate would continue to climb as one got older. What’s taking place, though, is that the death rate for those who live to age 95 actually drops off.
It’s not uncommon to see people live to be 100 or 105 or 110. Keep in mind that those age 100 lived most of their lives before many of the major medical advances occurred. In general, people retiring today are in much better health than their parents were at age 60.
It’s vital that your nest egg last longer than you do. The only way for that to occur is if the nest egg continues to grow over time. If you continue to take out more than you earn you are guaranteed to run out of money at some point. In that situation it’s a race between your money and your life span. If your nest egg continues to grow, though, it will always last longer than you. For more information check out:Senior Journal
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