As retirement nears, not only will you likely have a much clearer idea of the lifestyle you desire, but also will be able to more accurately project both your expected savings and expenses in retirement.
Estimating your monthly and annual income and expenses in retirement can be a challenging endeavor. But with the resources of our SummitView planning approach, a SunTrust Investment Services advisor (STIS) can be an invaluable ally. The process is designed to align income sources to expenses – striving to ensure that all of your “needs” and some of your “wants” will be covered by guaranteed income sources (e.g., Social Security, pensions, annuities), while the rest of your “wants” and “wishes” can be funded by your retirement savings.
Savings Tip: If you’re nearing the time when your mortgage will be paid off, consider redirecting that payment each month into your retirement savings.
For 2018, the IRS lets workers age 50 and older make an extra catch-up contribution of $6,000 to their 401(k) accounts, and to save an additional $1,000 per year in a traditional or Roth IRA. To find out more, call 877.962.9032 to speak with to speak with an STIS advisor.
With increasing longevity and improved health, a growing number of pre-retirees are rethinking the idea of completely pulling the plug on work once they reach age 67. For many, the thought of working a few years past retirement age or pursuing a “second act” career doing something they love isn’t just appealing from a staying active and engaged perspective, it can offer some significant financial benefits like delaying the need to take Social Security or adding a secondary income stream.
Many people assume that Medicare will cover the lion’s share of their medical costs in retirement. But the truth is that over the course of a 30-year retirement, insurance premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs can really add up.
For more information, read the article Nearing Retirement: The Big Question to Ask.
1 2015 Retirement Health Care Data Report, HealthView Services
Download our Planning for Healthcare Costs in Retirement infographic to learn more about how you can better prepare for these future costs.
The financial obligations associated with caring for an aging parent can often coincide with other priorities. Of course you want to help out when possible; just don’t jeopardize your own future.
Faced with the potential to live 30+ years in retirement, the traditional approach to retirement income may no longer make sense.
Big life changes can dramatically change how much money you’re able to save each month. Keep in mind these rules of thumb when life shakes things up.
Investing for your retirement over the long term takes a little knowledge and discipline. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful—and all investing involves risk—there are ways to help yourself build your retirement cushion.
In 2014, Americans gave more than $358 billion to charity with nearly three-quarters of that amount coming directly from individuals. And while much of these donations come in the form of direct cash gifts, more and more individuals are turning to planned.
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