Preparing Now for Retirement

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Even if retirement seems like a long way off right now, the more you prepare, the better it will be for you in the future. Maintaining your current lifestyle, selling your home quickly if needed, and investing your money wisely are all things you can prepare for ahead of time. Here are some ways that you can prepare now to ensure that your retirement really does consist of your golden years. 

Investing

Investing early is an important step when it comes to preparing for retirement. You should diversify your investment options to make sure that you are not too heavily relying on one form of income. You should have a good mix of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other assets. This mix should be in line with your investment timeline, liquidity needs, and risk tolerance level. 

Retirement Accounts

Along with investments, you should also take full advantage of any retirement accounts that you have access to through your work. You should especially take advantage of accounts that your employer adds to as well. You should always put as much in your 401 (k) to reach the maximum contribution your employer will make. 

Having multiple retirement accounts is a great decision when you are younger. As you reach retirement age, it is important to consolidate your assets because it will give you a better idea of where your strengths and weaknesses lie so you can make necessary adjustments. 

Debt

Along with increasing your savings and investments, you should try to eliminate as much debt as possible. Accelerating your mortgage payments so you can have your home paid off before retirement will allow you greater flexibility when it comes to your spending and lifestyle choices. 

Make Goals

It is impossible to plan for a successful retirement without first calculating how much money you will need in your retirement. There are online calculators that can help you estimate income from Social Security, employer pensions, retirement funds, and other assets. 

When you play for retirement, you should try to envision the type of life you want to have. Once you know what you want out of your retirement and what your portfolio is amounting to right now, you can start to make adjustments while there is time to meet your goals. 

Medical Costs

When you are planning for your future retirement costs, you need to factor in that you might have added medical costs. Medicare might cover the majority of your healthcare needs, but you want to have enough to cover unexpected expenses. You may want to buy long-term care insurance that will help you if you need to hire home health aides or other assistance. 

Assisted Living

While a lot of retirees maintain an independent lifestyle for a large chunk of their retirement, that is not always possible. It is important to look into options for luxury, independent living accommodations to be prepared. Some people prefer these options because it allows them greater freedom and less responsibility than maintaining their own homes in their older age.


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