Figuring out when you can retire
Trying to figure out whether you can afford to retire is like putting together pieces of a financial jigsaw puzzle. First, you need to estimate how much you’ll spend in retirement. Then you must consider the income you’ll collect in retirement from pensions and Social Security – as well as the amount you can afford to draw from your personal savings or other sources.
The idea is to assemble the various pieces, and then see whether the picture of retirement life that emerges is acceptable to you.
To help bring the retirement picture into better focus, try plugging all your pertinent financial information – including pensions, Social Security, retirement investment accounts and anticipated retirement expenses – into an online calculator. The calculator can crunch all the numbers and assess your odds of being able to retire on the schedule you envision.
Revisit the calculator and all the different pieces of the puzzle each year, in order to make sure you remain on track
Most articles, like this one above, concentrate on the financial aspects of retirement. “When will I have enough money to retire?” or “Have I saved enough money to retire?” or “How much Social Security will I receive?”
These are all very important topics, but health, social issues, medicine, where to live and how to lie are issues you have to address no matter how well or poorly you have planned the financial portion of your retirement.
At Retirement NEXT, we want to discuss it all, not just the money part.
What are YOU looking for in retirement? What are YOUR big issues?
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