Planning for retirement, much less considering retirement, can be a challenge and may seem rather daunting. After a comfortable 30- or 40-year long career, it’s only natural to hesitate and think about the concerns and fears of what might lie ahead in your retirement. It is only natural to approach this time in life with some amount of trepidation. You may wonder, “Can I afford to retire? What will it mean to my lifestyle?” After a comfortable, successful adult life, the thought of not getting up to go to work on Monday morning is a foreign concept.
Preparing for Retirement
The questions involved with planning for retirement are complicated from an investment, as well as planning, standpoint. It’s crucial to find a company or professional that will take the time to understand your assets and how you can use them long-term, while identifying key risks that could threaten your long-term well-being.
Considerations of Retirement
As you begin down the path of retirement planning, include your family as you outline a plan for your retirement. Being open with your loved ones will allow you to understand your wealth and learn to enjoy expressing your wishes. Be conscientious to include planning for charitable efforts, from a time and financial resource standpoint to help you fulfill your charitable wishes. It’s also important to create estate plans based upon your combined wealth management goals.
Where to Focus Your Retirement
Retirement planning does not stop when you officially become a retiree. After your retirement, continue to make sure your investment programs for your accounts are aligned, as well as with all of your personal financial efforts.
Note the 9 specific areas of focus as you prepare and plan for retirement:
- Capital preservation
- Meeting spending needs
- Medical coverage/long-term care
- Estate planning
- Second home ownership
- Disability planning
- Charitable family foundations
- Family gifting
- Investment counseling
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