As soon as you enter the workforce, what’s the biggest goal you have? Aside from the obvious milestones like buying a house, saving up for marriage, and financing your kids’ education, the ultimate goal remains saving enough to live out your golden years comfortably. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or 50s, the time to begin preparing for retirement is NOW. According to the Nationwide Retirement Institute, 72% of people relay that their retirement life is exactly the same or better than it was before.
We’ll be going over what you can do to be best prepared for the next chapter of your life. But before that, let’s look at how you should start preparing for it right now.
Before You Retire
Your financial goals are based on the age you’re planning on retiring. JPMorgan Chase’s US head of digital and client solutions Kelli Keough comments that there’s no one-size-fits-all timeframe when it comes to retirement. Therefore, it’s best to sit with a financial advisor to discuss your goals and ensure that you accumulate enough finances for when you’ll decide to call it quits from the workforce. An expert will properly determine the amount you need to save up based on your lifestyle and how to make your goals attainable based on asset allocation.
Regardless of your retirement age, Keough also suggests brainstorming your expenses and pulling a budget together before the time comes. Estimating your monthly and annual financial requirements is a key part of retirement planning. If you’re coming short of cash, how do you plan on making up for the difference? What about extra savings for travel and vacations? Don’t forget that as you age, your healthcare needs will increase as well.
Your retirement process begins when your income, finance, and healthcare arrangements are all settled. If you are 66 or 67, it’s time to communicate your withdrawal from the workforce, apply for Social Security benefits, and for retirement account withdrawals. People aged over 65 also have to apply for Medicare so the service is activated when they quit working.
Wrapping It Up
Finances aren’t the only thing that should be on your mind when retiring. Remember all the hobbies you left behind because of your busy schedule? It’s high time they return, don’t you think? Pick up new ones along the way. Chill with friends and family. Relax and breathe in the sweet smell of freedom. You’re free of responsibilities and it is your time to enjoy life now.