Recent studies and surveys show that pre-retirees and retirees fear these five threats to their retirement finances most – and with good reason. Which of these keep you up at night?
Retirement Security Threat #1: Outliving Your Money
This is such a big and scary threat that some people say they would rather die before their time than run out of money.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of outliving your money is all too real. The average 65-year-old will outlive their savings by almost a decade, according to a recent study by the World Economic Forum.
To determine how much money you’ll need to have saved by the time you retire, a good guideline is the “Rule of 25,” which says you should multiply your total annual expenses by 25. By that measure, to have $100,000 per year (don’t forget to adjust for inflation) to spend in retirement, you’ll need to save $2.5 million.
It’s also important to consider that you may well live longer than you imagine, and studies show people tend to underestimate their life expectancy.
Retirement Security Threat #2: Market Risk
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People need to save between 10% and 17% of their income if they plan to retire at 65 but are putting away only 6-8% of their income, according to a new study by the Stanford Center on Longevity. That’s only half of what they should be saving.
What percent of your household income are you saving? It’s important to be brutally honest with yourself because a shortfall of the magnitude most Americans will experience means more than just not being able to live the retirement lifestyle you dreamed of. It may mean…
- Having to choose between putting food on the table and the medical care you need
- Not being able to afford to pay for heating and air conditioning
- Having to rely on the charity of your children
- Foregoing travel and even life’s little luxuries
I doubt you worked hard all your life so that you can scrimp and sacrifice just to get by in retirement.
Fully 60% of U.S. households are at risk of not having enough money to make ends meet in retirement – even if they cut back to spending just 75% of pre-retirement levels – according to a 2018 study from the Center for Retirement Research.
The Rule of 25 for Determining How Much You’ll Need to Have Saved
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