One of the biggest challenges facing pre-retirees is knowing the amount of income they will need in retirement to live comfortably. Many pre-retirees start with the belief that their income needs to be close to the same amount as what they are earning while they are working if they want to preserve their current lifestyle. Such is not always the case. Here’s ten factors that folks should be aware of prior to calculating how much income they will need for their retirement…[continued below video]
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- First, all of that money you have been socking away for retirement no longer needs to be saved. So, for many retirees, that may be ten to twenty thousand dollars of income no longer needed.
- The employee taxed portion of FICA taxes end which could be a five to ten thousand dollar savings for many.
- Several states do not tax retirement income which can save perhaps another two to five thousand for many.
- Health Insurance costs may drop substantially with Medicare eligibility, saving another four to ten thousand or so.
- You have to consider how much you have from pension style income such as company pensions & Social Security or veteran’s benefits.
- Do not forget to estimate some income availability from currently owned annuities and investments or savings.
- In your budgeting, you must consider what your expenses are for some reasonable standard of living that you want to maintain.
- To determine an income surplus or a shortfall, add your total income for retirement and subtract your expenses.
- If you have an income shortfall, take the shortfall number and solve for the least amount of money needed in annuities to equal the shortfall. This is your baseline for the least amount of money you should consider for annuities.
- And if you have a surplus, you must decide how much money from your assets you are willing to risk or lose in the stock market. From there, it becomes pretty clear how much should go into safe money accounts like annuities. This is again your baseline for the least amount of money you should consider for annuities.
There are many other factors to be considered such as increased healthcare costs, additional travel, hobbies, and charities to name a few. So, work with an experienced planner and an income specialist who has mastery over annuities being balanced correctly. This can make a huge difference in achieving a great outcome for your retirement compared to just getting by.
Here is a related article from CNBC.
Want to be retirement ready? Lower your expectations
by Kelli B. Grant Whether most Americans will have enough saved to retire comfortably has become a matter of great debate. But some may be in better shape than they think. Most predictions aren’t in consumers’ favor. In a recent Legg Mason study, only 40 percent of the 458 investors surveyed said they are “very confident” in their ability to retire—perhaps in part because they think they’ll need to have at least $2.5 million saved, versus the often-talked-about $1 million. Another recent survey, from TIAA_CREF, found that 46 percent of Americans are worried about running out of money in retirement. Still, there are some conflicting reports. A study released Tuesday from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College looked at whether as many as 35 percent of households, or as few as 12 percent might be falling short, depending on the calculation method. Researchers assessed 2004 data for households in their 50s—folks who would be just about ready to retire now, or have recently done so. There’s a catch. That rosier 12 percent relies on two big assumptions: Households will spend less when their children leave home, and household spending will decline in retirement. “If households accept declining consumption in retirement, they need less wealth to maintain their living standard,” according to the paper. “If households consume less once their kids leave home, they have a more modest target to replace and they save more between the emptying of the nest and retirement.” [...Read More at CNBC]
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Why Searching for the Best Annuities on Your Own Can be so Frustrating...Almost everyone nowadays turns to the internet for answers on everything - from buying new widgets to researching just about everything under the sun; and finding the best annuity is no exception!At first, it may seem that researching will be straightforward but the more time you spend researching them, the more frustrating it can be. Why is this? First of all, it does not take long to realize that gimmicks abound - such as warnings and alerts from salesmen who just want your attention so they can sell you one or the "too good to be true" claims of 8% to 14% **guaranteed interest and of course the claim that you can get the full market upside with no downside risk! If you have done any research you have heard all of these claims in advertising which are mostly half truths and not fully explained.So how can you find the best annuities on the internet? The truth is... you can't! And what is even more frustrating is all the conflicting points of view from so called experts. There are well over 6,000 different annuities - all designed for different reasons, so is it any wonder that the deck is stacked against the average researcher or do-it-yourselfer. Add to that the fact that they pay high enough commissions to attract a plethora of both good and bad agents. This does not make annuities good or bad; they are simply a financial tool that truly benefit those who use them correctly.How can you find the best annuities for your unique situation?
- Use the internet cautiously;
- Work with a vetted and experienced specialist;
- Do not settle for that one dubious best plan. Compare multiple Outcome Based Plans to decide on the one that is truly best for you;
- Be keenly aware of scare tactics and hyperbole - avoid those advisors and websites;
- Avoid websites that are focused on rushing free reports, rates and quotes to get your contact information they are rushing you to speak with them, instead, take your time and choose someone you are more comfortable with that works on your time-table;
- Know the Five Vital Factors (listed above) that an experienced specialist must answer before helping you select the best options for your situation;
- Watch this telling video "Avoid Annuity Gimmicks, Amateurs and Charlatans"...
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