Retirement planning is the planning that you prepare for while your working years to prepare for income replacement following retirement and the expenses that go along with being retirement and not having employment income.
You will need to have a retirement plan to fund these retirement expenses, and if, you are spending more on expenses each month that income generated from investments, how sustainable is your lifestyle in this situation?
Have you optimized your social security benefits?
Do you have a pension?
Do you have income generating real estate or other assets?
How is your portfolio allocated now that your employment income is gone?
These are just a few of the questions that our firm will discuss with clients to discuss retirement planning.
Glover Park Wealth looks at retirement planning in several aspects, not only just financially but also: lifestyle, estate, and tax planning for future generations.
How to do you plan to spend your time in retirement, what activities or hobbies do you plan to pursue?
Where to do you envision yourself and family living in retirement?
Do you have children and/or grandchildren, and do you want to be close to them during retirement?
Where do you want to travel, what are your inspirations in the next 10 years?
Having a retirement plan to be financially stable so you can spend your time enjoying all aspects of life during retirement is what we call a successful retirement strategy at Glover Park Wealth.
In financial planning, the first question most clients ask is: “How much money do I need to retire?”
The answer is: “Every client has a different financial situation, once we complete the discovery process and understand more about your long-term retirement and financial goals, then we can have a better idea about your asset level in retirement.
The phase in retirement planning where you are working on saving and investing for your long-term goals.
We recommend that all our clients starting saving earning in a qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k) to set aside money each paycheck to save for retirement especially if your company offers an employer match.
Compound interest at a young age is one of the most important aspects of retirement planning in the accumulation phase and investing in low-cost funds with dividend reinvestment has historically been a great way to grow capital over the long term.
In your higher income earning years, it is very important that you have a financial plan that works well with your retirement plan.
As we discussed the 401(k) before, you should be maxing out your contributions in the income planning years.
We will work with you to discuss other investments to help build wealth over time such as IRA’s, Roth IRAs, and individual brokerage accounts with long term investments.
These are just a sample of the questions that we ask clients, however there is not a single answer for every client as financial planning and retirement planning is different for each client.
Once retired, we look at all your assets & liabilities and put together a monthly budget for your living expenses which we identify as a retirement need and then discuss the “wants” in retirement. This includes Travel, Vacation, Gifts, Second Home etc.
During this stage in financial planning, we also want to discuss reducing risk in your overall portfolio since you are no longer earning income.
We work with you and your CPA to discuss the best strategy for your social security benefits and other income generating assets that you might have accumulated over your higher income years.