Do you know how much you need to save for your retirement? Here are 11 tips, including figuring our your retirement costs and understanding Social Security benefits, to build your retirement savings.
Do you know how much money you need to save to retire? Fifty-six percent of the workforce does not know how much they need to save for retirement, and only 14 percent of Americans believe they will have enough money to retire comfortably.* For peace of mind, consider these top tips to get you on track for a comfortable retirement.
1. Start saving early so your funds can work for you.
2. Save often and make sure your retirement portfolio includes savings vehicles that balance the amount of risk and reward, such as fixed indexed annuities which offer a steady, guaranteed lifetime income stream while protecting you from market volatility.
3. Know your retirement goals and adjust your savings based on the kind of lifestyle you want. Consider things like food, health care, and housing, as well as elderly parents, children, and grandchildren to decide what retirement plan will give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.
4. Get a clear picture of your retirement needs. The average couple will spend $240,000 on health costs alone during retirement.** Find out exactly how much money you’ll need in retirement by using this calculator.
5. Understand your Social Security benefits. The average monthly Social Security benefit for retired workers is $1,237.*** Before you retire, visit socialsecurity.gov to find out what benefits you should plan for.
6. Contribute, if your company offers matching, 401(k), or profit sharing options. Every little bit you save helps in the long run.
7. Find out how Fixed Indexed Annuities can give you peace of mind. FIAs are a key component of a balanced financial plan that help you moderate risk and reward. With FIAs, your money has the ability to grow risk-free—your principal is protected and will never decline in value. Learn more at FIAinsights.org.
8. Balance your retirement plan by having several different income sources. Consider a mix of market-driven plans such as 401(k)s, mutual funds, or securities, along with safe, guaranteed plans like Social Security benefits and FIAs. It’s all about balancing the risk and reward. Learn more about the different types of retirement plans.
9. Review your spending plan with your spouse or “money buddy” on a bi-monthly basis so you will be able to reach your financial goals and attain fiscal accountability.****
10. Find a consultant if you need help with the retirement financial planning process.
11. Don’t touch your retirement savings. Many retirement plans have penalties for taking out money too soon.
For more retirement tips, check out these educational videos and go through this smart buyer checklist.
* Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute
** Source: Fidelity Investments
*** Source: Social Security Administration
**** Source: Ellie Kay author of Lean Body, Fat Wallet.
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