Edward C. Goldstein, CFP, President
One Greentree Centre, Suite 201
10,000 Lincoln Drive East
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856-988-5480
egoldstein@flplanning.net

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Retirement Planning

Why Should I Think About Retirement Planning?

If you’ve only just begun your career and are starting to collect a decent paycheck, the last thing on your mind is probably retirement planning. When you’re in your twenties and thirties, retirement can feel light years away, but it will get here much quicker than you can imagine. And when it does, you’ll want to be prepared.

And for those in their 40s and 50s, remember that it’s never too late to start saving for retirement. The most important thing is to just start.

Here are some tips for getting started:

  1. Work on creating a retirement budget. This is much more helpful than simply guessing. Take a look at your spending habits over the past six months including necessities such as rent or mortgage expenses, food, utilities and automobile expenses. Your retirement plan should look resemble your current budget, with adjustments for cost of living or inflation included. Of course, things will likely change as you get closer to retirement age, but have a solid retirement budget in place, and updating it regularly can go a long way towards helping you meet your savings goals. This is an essential element when working with our clients. It's the backbone of evaluating ability to meet goals. 
  2. Jot down the various income sources that you expect to receive when you retire. This can be anything from the 401k that you’re contributing to at work (if you’re not currently contributing, start ASAP), to monthly social security payments, to any other investments you may have, such as stocks, bonds, or money market accounts. By combining your average expenses with your expected income, you’ll be able to get a better idea of how much you need to save prior to retiring. Part of our process is to also determine potential part time income that could be needed. 
  3. Identify all of your debts. If you still have a significant number of debts that you’re paying on, some would blindly recommend concentrating on paying them off prior to retirement. Although doing so will significantly increase the amount of available cash you have each month, timing and available cash flow and access to capital if necessary may be something to be evaluated with a fiduciary advisor. .
  4. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of health insurance when creating your retirement budget. Remember that not all health care related costs are covered by Medicare, so it’s important to factor in the cost of a supplemental plan. As you get closer to retirement age, you may also want to consider purchasing long-term care insurance, which can help pay the costs should you need long-term or nursing home care.
  5. Properly selecting and managing the allocation of your retirement savings. Ensuring that a proper risk/return balance is maintained and aligned with your goals can't be understated. 
  6. Factor in where you live when determining your retirement costs. There are many states that are much more retiree-friendly than others, and if you live in a more expensive state, you may want to consider relocating to an area where your money will go further.

When you make the decision to retire, you’ll want to be able to enjoy your life. Planning for retirement will go a long way towards helping you achieve that goal.

Please contact us if you would like to explore how we can help you reach your retirement goals and objectives. 

*This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information provided is not written or intended as tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for purposes of avoiding any Federal tax penalties. Individuals are encouraged to seek advice from their own tax or legal counsel. Individuals involved in the estate planning process should work with an estate planning team, including their own personal legal or tax counsel. Neither the information presented nor any opinion expressed constitutes a representation by us of a specific investment or the purchase or sale of any securities. Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. 

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