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Retirement Planning: How Can You Estimate the Income You Will Need?

Retired Couple

Retirement planning begins with a thorough understanding of your
cash flow analysis: Where are you spending, and how? Where can you save? These
crucial questions will apply not just to where you are today but will serve as
your predictors to how you are on track to fare financially, once you retire.

Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Your Future

When you are planning for retirement, you must be both honest
and realistic about your health, your finances, and all of the factors in
consideration for pursuing a fulfilling life. 

Nowadays, people are living longer and more active lives than
ever before. Nearly 2/3 of
70-year-old men and almost 75% of 70-year-old women will live at least another
ten years, and more than 1/5 of men will make it to 90, as will 1/3 of women
. That means we all need ample
income as part of our retirement planning, to ensure that we don't outlive what
we have saved. For those with more significant assets, putting the proper
estate planning in place will be essential for guaranteeing those assets will
take care of your family and younger generations.

It's also important to consider your wishes for not only how you will live in your
retirement years, but where.
You may wish to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, and
that is a wonderful goal. However, as difficult as it may be to consider, your
retirement planning should account for the possibility of assistive home care
or for relocating to a senior living community or facility. 

Identify Your Retirement Goals

A large part of your retirement planning requires you to
identify your retirement goals. Do you want to live as a "snowbird"
with a second residence for the winter months during your active years? Do you
want to downsize to a smaller, independent living home or keep your family
home? Consider who and what matters to you most, and then leverage your current
cash flow analysis to work toward your goals.

Top Five Factors for Retirement Planning

  1. Identify your current retirement goals and consider how they may change over time. 
  2. Eliminate or significantly decrease financial obligations and debts. 
  3. Identify all sources of savings and potential sources of income from investments and other areas. 
  4. Estimate your expenses over time, including the possibility of long-term and assistive care. 
  5. Prepare your will and consider how you will manage the estate planning process. 

If you would like to learn more about retirement planning, as
well as the factors you need to consider now, and in the future, please feel
free to contact me directly at rgibb@hapanowicz-associates.com.