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5 Roadblocks on the Path to Retirement Success

Filed under: Retirement

Golf. Travel. Favorite hobbies. Time with the grandchildren. These are the things most people think of when they dream about retirement. Of course, retirement is the time to do what you love most and spend your time the way you want.

Unfortunately, there could be some roadblocks in the way of you turning your dream retirement into reality. Retirement is a major financial goal, and there are a number of planning mistakes that could leave you unprepared to fund your desired lifestyle.

Below are five obstacles to avoid while you prepare for retirement. By avoiding these roadblocks, you can improve your odds of achieving retirement success and living the kind of retirement you’ve always imagined.


Underestimating your life expectancy.

Retirees are living longer than ever. However, many are still continuing to leave the workforce at the traditional retirement age of 65, or even earlier in some cases. It’s not uncommon for retirees today to live well into their late 80s, early 90s or even longer.

If you retire in your early to mid-60s, there’s a possibility that you could be retired for 30 years or more. It’s possible your retirement could last longer than the amount of time you’ve actually spent saving.

You can prepare for a long retirement by continuing to grow your money even after you retire and by maximizing your guaranteed income. Consider tools like annuities, which may offer growth potential along with income that’s guaranteed to last for life.


Not planning for inflation.

It’s easy to overlook inflation as part of your planning. However, inflation is too important to ignore. Inflation is the gradual, incremental increase in the price of goods and services from year to year.

Inflation is usually modest, but even a modest level of annual inflation can have a big impact, especially if it’s compounded over a long period of time. You can plan for inflation by factoring it into your budget and developing a strategy that generates increasing retirement income.


Relying on Medicare to cover everything.

Medicare is a valuable resource for retirees because it covers a broad range of medical expenses. It doesn’t cover everything, though. In fact, it only covers a portion of most services, and there are other services and treatments that aren’t covered at all.

Be sure to remember that you will likely face substantial out-of-pocket health care costs as you get older. You may have to pay for things like deductibles, premiums, copays and much more. Develop a funding strategy, perhaps one that includes a health savings account (HSA) or a supplemental Medicare policy.


Not maximizing your guaranteed income.

Most retirees will have some source of guaranteed income in the form of Social Security. You may even be fortunate enough to have an employer pension. However, it’s very possible that your Social Security and pension benefits may not be enough to fund your lifestyle. In that case, you may have to fund any gaps with distributions from your savings, which may not be guaranteed for life.

However, you can use tools to increase your level of guaranteed lifetime income. Annuities offer a variety of ways in which you can convert a portion of your savings into a guaranteed income stream. Some may even offer growth potential and limited downside risk.


Failing to plan.

Nearly all of these roadblocks and more can be identified and avoided with solid planning. Take time to think about your ideal retirement, and then document the expenses that may come with your desired lifestyle. Also, map out your projected income and develop a strategy to overcome any potential savings gap. A detailed, comprehensive plan can help you stay on track.

Ready to overcome your retirement obstacles? Contact us today at Ambrose Financial and Insurance Services. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.


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