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You may always start saving for retirement. People in the US work hard throughout their careers to retire. Planning requires cognitive abilities and a focus on saving money.
According to a Gallup study, the average retirement age in the US has risen from 60 to 66. With a 78.7-year life expectancy, Americans will have at least 12 years to enjoy retirement.
The average annual income and net worth of the 47.8 million Americans aged 65 and older are $38,515 and $170,516, respectively. That’s a lot of money to save for retirement. Here are some more startling facts concerning the situation of retirement in the United States.
Most respondents aged 18 to 29 who took part in a Gallup poll believed that they would be able to retire early, around the age of 60. However, their optimism may fade as they approach 30 because of the difficulties of making a living and earning income.
In contrast to those who are saving for longer life, many Americans are taking early withdrawals from their retirement accounts. 44% of Americans between the ages of 40 and 79 have pulled money from their retirement plan. While 46% of those aged 40 to 49 and 53% aged 70 to 79 have done so as well. Financial experts warn against early withdrawals from a retirement account, as doing so might result in hefty fines.
77% of American employees are considering retirement via company plans and other alternatives. People begin saving for retirement on average when they turn 27 years old. Only 33% of Americans have anything set aside for their retirement days.
As many as 77% of Americans are planning for their retirement, but most don’t have quite enough personal savings to maintain their standard of living in retirement. As per a 2017 GAO analysis, the typical retirement funds for Americans aged 55 to 64 were a little over $107,000. Although it may sound like a lot of money, the GAO points out that if it were placed in inflation-protected annuities, it would only provide $310 minimum repayments.
It’s helpful to have a retirement plan in place. But occasionally, life has several other intentions. According to a TD Ameritrade survey, health issues and career changes are the two most popular causes for retiring. 50% of persons retired early due to unemployment, parenting duties, a sudden change in their economic standing, and health concerns.
Experts recommend that you save between $500,000 and $1 million to maintain your current standard of living in retirement – a considerable sum of money, the accumulation of which may take many years.
Long-term care is mainly needed by individuals who reach the age of 65. Medicare doesn’t pay assisted living fees. A care facility costs $4,051 per month, whereas a nursing home costs significantly more. Other medical expenses aren’t included. In their 60s, more people buy long-term insurance.
The Time Is Now.
More and more consultants are labeling themselves “complete,” and this trend is expected to continue. The issue is that many individuals we talk to do not incorporate conversations about risk assessment into their line of work. Even if they are joking, it doesn’t change that they aren’t seriously trying to come up with recommendations or answers.
According to our assessment, these professionals are missing out on a fantastic opportunity. The environment of investment planning has changed, and customers now want a more exceptional customer experience, which is why so many advisors are now similarly advertising themselves.
Currently, experts that offer a comprehensive service have most of the financial advantage. Learning about and putting into practice different risk management measures, such as annuities, could be a straightforward first step.
Bill and his associates of Faith Financial Advisors have over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
He has been a Federal Employee (FERS) independent advocate and an affiliate of PSRE, Public Sector Retirement Educators, a Federal Contractor and Registered Vendor to the Federal Government, also an affiliate of TSP Withdrawal Consultants.
Bill will help you understand the FERS Benefits and TSP withdrawal options in detail while also helping to guide you in your Social Security choices.
Our primary goal is to guide you into your ment with no regrets; safe, predictable, stable and for life using forward thinking ideas and concepts.
> Financial Services consultant since 1984
> FERS independent advocate and an affiliate of Public Sector Retirement Educators (PSRE), a Federal Contractor and Registered Vendors to the
> Affiliate of TSP Withdrawal Consultants
> His goal is to guide individuals into retirement with safe, and predictable choices for stability using forward thinking ideas and concepts.