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Planning for retirement is no easy task. As you progress through your career and transition into retirement, there is a lot to be aware of. Look out for these retirement blind spots along the way.
Retirement Blind Spot # 1
Social Security and pensions aren’t the only ways to guarantee income in retirement.
You may plan to get your retirement income from many different places. Maybe you’ve planned on a mix of guaranteed sources (like Social Security and possibly a pension) and non–guaranteed (like withdrawing from your investments). Did you know there are ways to add more guaranteed income to your retirement cash flow each month? Income annuities, for example, are an option you may want to consider.
Retirement Blind Spot # 2
It’s easy to see why retirees claim Social Security as soon as they can. But what are they missing?
Did you know that more than half of people claim their Social Security retirement benefits at age 62 instead of waiting until Full Retirement Age or later? That means that many people are leaving money on the table. So, recognize this blind spot and don’t rush into a Social Security claiming decision. Remember that Social Security will likely be just one part of your overall retirement income plan—and you want to be sure that you’re getting the most out of that plan.
Retirement Blind Spot # 3
Asset allocation is important. But what about asset location?
Many people think about asset allocation—meaning how much of your overall money is divided amongst different types of investments—as an important factor in growing and protecting your retirement savings. But if you’re not thinking about asset location too, you might be missing out on smart tax planning. Understanding how different types of accounts are taxed—or not taxed—in retirement can help you make better decisions. Talk to your tax advisor to make sure you’re considering the tax implications of the different types of accounts you might own.
Retirement Blind Spot # 4
Think you need to take all your required minimum distributions (RMDs) at age 70½? Think again.
Chances are you have a good deal of your retirement savings in tax-qualified accounts like IRAs and 401(k)s. You probably know that when you turn 70½, you have to start withdrawing some of that money via required minimum distributions. What most people miss, though, is the opportunity to consider all their options when it comes to required minimum distributions. For example, you may be able to defer some of your required minimum distributions until as late as age 85 if you don’t want or need that income—or the associated taxes—now.
Retirement Blind Spot # 5
Your DIY (do it yourself) retirement should start with help from someone else.
n today’s DIY world, it makes sense that you may want to use online tools, calculators, and articles to help you make sense of what you need to do in retirement. It’s good to do your homework, but you don’t have to do it all yourself. A trusted financial professional can help you prioritize, think holistically about your retirement, and get you to where you want to be.
Now that you are aware of the 5 retirement blind spots, it’s a great time to get in touch with a financial professional today and review your retirement plan. Keep your eyes on the road – to retirement!