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Everyone dreams of a life post-work. Days full of nothing but spending time with loved ones, traveling, and enjoying hobbies. Unfortunately, those luxuries often have to be earned. In order to enjoy retirement, you have to plan and make sound investments. Read on to learn how Insurance Lounge could help you set yourself up financially, so you can enjoy all the perks of retired life.

Retirement Planning

Why Is Retirement Planning Important?

When you first begin working, or even after you’ve been in the workforce for 20 years, retirement can seem more like a faraway fantasy than a reality. Because retirement can seem so distant, many people fail to plan far enough ahead to ensure they can retire comfortably. The reality is that proper planning takes years of dedication, making it vital to start sooner rather than later. Retirement planning can help you avoid relying on government-sponsored retirement and allow you to pay for unforeseen medical expenses. The benefits from government-provided Social Security are meant to provide a basic safety net once you reach a certain age. But that minimum standard is often not enough for most individuals to have a fruitful and enjoyable retirement. Reasons why you shouldn’t rely on government-sponsored retirement:

  • People live a lot longer now than they were when Social Security was first introduced in 1935. This means the pool of retires will continue to grow while those working and contributing their federal tax dollars will shrink. This will force the government to finance retirement benefits more adequately, causing the value of these benefits to decrease as time goes on or be canceled altogether. According to the Social Security Board of Trustees, the number of workers per retirement beneficiary will fall to 2.2 by 2035.
  • It’s only natural that as people age, the chances of having severe medical issues increase. The cost of healthcare in the United States is already very high and unlikely to come down. To retire comfortably, you should have extra money saved for these medical expenses.
  • In addition to potential medical issues, you might need to deal with other unforeseen expenses, such as a family member needing help in a state of crisis.
  • If you have children, it’s only natural to want to leave them something behind after you pass on. Planning for your retirement in advance will allow you to leave your loved ones a nest egg they can use to improve their quality of life. Additionally, failing to plan for retirement could cause you to become a financial burden to your family.
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When to Start Planning for Retirement

If possible, you should start planning for retirement as soon as you start working. Remember, slow and steady is the name of the game when it comes to saving for retirement. With that being said, it’s understandable that planning for retirement in your early 20s is easier said than done. However, because of the nature of compound interest, there is a huge difference in the value of your retirement savings when starting in your 20s instead of your 30s. Starting early will also give your more time to save and acquire other assets that can help make your retired years as comfortable as possible. The Average Retirement Age Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the average retirement age in the United States is 63 and that the average length of retirement is 18 years. So theoretically, you should be planning to have around 20 years’ worth of income ready when it’s time to retire. Here are some tips to help ensure you can build adequate retirement savings that will last you for the long haul:

  • If your job offers one, sign up for a 401(k). The process is as simple as you deciding how much you want to be taken out of your paycheck, and then your employer puts the money into a 401(k) on your behalf. Some companies also offer to match the amount you put in by a certain percentage. This is on an individual business basis, so it’s best to discuss your 401(k) benefits with your employer before assuming anything.
  • As soon as you can, sign up for a Roth IRA. A Roth IRA is a savings account funded by your after-tax dollars, allowing you to withdraw your benefits tax-free when it’s time to retire.
  • Invest in the stock market. Doing so can yield you a higher return on investment than a savings account. While this may be a daunting prospect while you’re in your early 20s, seeking guidance from an experienced stockbroker or financial advisor can be a tremendous help.
  • Build yourself an emergency fund. As was discussed earlier, life is proven to have surprises from time to time. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have a separate savings account dedicated to emergencies.

Investment Options for Future Retirement

When thinking about retirement, it’s crucial to think about how you want to spend your years after leaving the workforce. Things like where you will live and how you will spend your free time are important to consider because depending on how you invest and save, some homes and activities may be unattainable if you don’t plan accordingly. It would be best to research which investment options will work best for your needs and yield the best return. As you likely already know, there is a certain amount of risk that comes with investing. One way to mitigate some of this risk is by having a diverse portfolio of investments. Our advisors can counsel you on the following areas:

  • Asset Allocation
  • Wealth Management
  • Portfolio Optimization
  • Financial Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Education Planning
  • Charitable Legacy Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Conversion

If you start investing young, you have time on your side, giving you time to recover from investment losses. While if you wait to start investing when you get older, it might be a better idea to opt for lower-risk investments. No matter your age, it’s never a bad time to start investing if you have the ability. With all the investment options available, you can likely find something that will work for you.

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Partner With a Knowledgeable Financial Advisor

Unless you work in finance, it’s unlikely you are up to date with all the new best investment practices and trends. The experienced professionals at Insurance Lounge can help you reach your investment and retirement goals. From 401(k) planning to saving for your children’s college funds, our licensed experts can help you prepare for the future. Fill out our quote and buy form or stop by one of our four storefronts in Oregon to be provided with recommendations based on your situation and speak with a live Insurance Concierge today.

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