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The rule of thumb is that you’ll need 80% of your pre-retirement income for retirement. However, there are a lot of factors to consider including your health, life expectancy, and the type of lifestyle you plan to enjoy in retirement.
These days, the average American retires around the age of 66. But people are living longer, healthier and more active lives. This means some people are choosing to work later into life.
The earlier the better. The sooner you start saving, the more time you give your money to grow. Even if you have to start by saving just a small amount each month, your savings will add up over time.
A 401(k) plan is a retirement savings plan that is commonly offered by employers. Typically, employees will contribute a tax-deferred portion of their salary to the savings plan. Employers may provide matching contributions.
The traditional IRA is a tax-deferred retirement savings plan, which means you won’t pay taxes on your contributions to this plan, but you will pay tax fees to withdraw funds in retirement. With a Roth IRA, you’ll make contributions with after-tax dollars, but you’ll be able to grow and withdraw your funds tax free.
Conventional wisdom says that you should be saving 10-15% of your current income for retirement. But this number may vary depending on your income, your current expenses, and your goals in retirement.
An annuity is a contract in which you pay a lump sum to an insurance company in exchange for a regular, guaranteed income over a set period of time, or for the rest of your life.
Long Term Care
Age, health, lifestyle and other factors can impact your health costs in retirement. The conventional wisdom is that you should plan to budget 10 to 15% of your income during retirement for healthcare expenses.
You must be at least 66 years old to qualify for Medicare. The majority of applicants today enroll for Medicare benefits online, but you can also apply by phone (1-800-772-1213) or by making an appointment through Social Security office in your area.
You can prepare for nursing home and long-term care expenses with options like Medicare Supplement Plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Long Term Care Insurance.
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