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How to Create a Retirement Strategy

How to Create a Retirement Strategy

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Across the country, people are saving for that "someday" called retirement. Someday, their careers will end. Someday, they may live off their savings or investments, plus Social Security. They know this, but many of them do not know when, or how, it will happen. What is missing is a strategy – and a good strategy might make a great difference.

Crafting a robust retirement strategy has never been more critical. Whether you're just starting your career or approaching your golden years, here are eight steps to take to create a retirement strategy tailored to the demands of 2024.

8 Steps to Create a Retirement Strategy

1. Start Early, Save Wisely

Time is your greatest ally when it comes to retirement planning. Begin saving as early as possible to take advantage of compounding interest. Aim to save a substantial portion of your income consistently. With increasing life expectancy, ensuring a sufficient nest egg is essential to sustain your lifestyle through retirement.

2. Embrace Diverse Investments

Diversification remains key to mitigating risks in your retirement portfolio. Explore a range of investment options, including stocks, bonds and real estate. Stay informed about market trends and seek professional advice to make informed investment decisions aligned with your risk tolerance and financial goals.

3. Utilize Retirement Accounts

Maximize contributions to tax-advantaged retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, IRAs or Roth IRAs. Take advantage of employer-sponsored retirement plans, especially if they offer matching contributions. These accounts provide valuable tax benefits and can significantly boost your retirement savings over time.

4. Adapt to Changing Work Trends

The traditional concept of retirement is evolving with the rise of flexible work arrangements and the gig economy. Consider how you can continue generating income post-retirement through part-time work, freelancing or entrepreneurship. Embracing flexible work options can not only supplement your retirement income but also provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment in your later years.

5. Factor in Healthcare Costs

Healthcare expenses are a significant consideration in retirement planning. With healthcare costs on the rise, ensure you have adequate insurance coverage, including Medicare supplements or long-term care insurance. Factor in potential medical expenses when calculating your retirement budget to avoid financial strain later on.

6. Stay Informed About Social Security

Keep abreast of changes in Social Security benefits and eligibility criteria. While Social Security can provide a valuable source of income during retirement, relying solely on it may not be sufficient. Incorporate Social Security benefits into your overall retirement strategy while considering other income streams to achieve financial security.

7. Review and Adjust Regularly

A retirement strategy is not a set-and-forget plan. Regularly review and adjust your strategy based on changing circumstances, market conditions and personal goals. Life events such as marriage, children, job changes or unexpected expenses may necessitate modifications to your retirement plan.

8. Seek Professional Guidance

Consulting with a financial advisor or retirement planner can provide invaluable insights in navigating the complexities of retirement planning. A qualified professional can help tailor a personalized strategy based on your unique circumstances, goals and risk tolerance.

Want to speak to someone regarding your own accounts? Contact an Apple Financial Services representative to review your retirement strategy today.

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