It’s no secret that retirement is a time for significant change, and this means different things for different people. For many, retirement is a time to leave the workforce and enjoy life on their own terms. But retirement isn’t just a one-time event — it’s a lifelong process that requires prior planning and specialized knowledge.
In some ways, planning for retirement is like planning the ultimate vacation. You need to figure out where you want to go, when you want to go and what you want to do when you get there. However, vacations come and go, but retirement is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Getting it right is crucial to your future well-being.
Once you’re in retirement (or on vacation), both opportunities and challenges will arise that you could not have foreseen. Those unexpected detours can be fun for some and a challenge for others.
Retirement is always one of the most pressing concerns people have as they begin to see this life stage on the horizon. It is even more worrisome during times like we’re experiencing now, when fear of recession looms ahead and disrupts the stock market.
There are several key things you can do to make the most of your retirement years. Here are two key tips to get you started.
1. Work with an Experienced Guide (Advisor)
Imagine that you are visiting a country for the first time. You might discover that no matter how much research you did, it’s a challenge to experience the adventure from a local’s perspective. You find that you’re so stressed about navigating the roads, language and culture that you are unable to enjoy your trip. Now imagine that you hire an experienced tour guide to show you around. He or she knows things you could never learn on your own, knows where to go and does all the driving for you. Now you can truly enjoy your trip!
It’s the same way with retirement — only with retirement, having a guide is infinitely more crucial. You retire only once in your lifetime. Mistakes can cost you dearly and can affect your quality of life once you stop working.
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2022 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 28 percent of respondents said they were “very confident” they would have enough money for a comfortable retirement. You can increase your confidence significantly by working with an experienced advisor.
I strongly encourage you to work with an experienced fiduciary financial advisor to guide you through retirement. People retire only once, so they are retiring for the first time. When was the last time you did anything perfectly the first time? We have helped thousands of people in all different types of financial situations retire successfully. Just like a tour guide in a foreign country, we have been navigating the complexities of retirement for decades — from optimum use of investments to riding out an economic downturn to handling complex tax issues…and everything in-between.
2. Start Planning as Early as Possible
When most individuals think about retirement, they imagine a day when they no longer have to go to work. They picture themselves waking up late in the morning, having breakfast and then spending the rest of the day doing whatever they please. While this may be the case for some retirees, for most, it is just the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.
Retirement is a lifelong process that requires planning and preparation. There are many things you need to consider before making the leap into retirement, such as your finances, health and lifestyle. To make the transition as smooth as possible, it is important to start planning for retirement well in advance. By taking the time to plan ahead, you can ensure that your retirement years are more enjoyable and fulfilling.
The earlier you begin saving up your nest egg for retirement, the more you benefit from time and compound interest. That isn’t the only thing you need to think about, however. We encourage you to view retirement as a lifelong process of gradually transitioning into a new stage of life, and that requires planning as well.
If you want help creating a plan that will simplify your life while enhancing your retirement experience, contact us today. We will work with you to create an individualized strategy based on your unique needs and goals. Of course the numbers are important, but retirement is about so much more. We want to help you explore what you would like to do in retirement and then design a financial plan that will help you get there. We will work with you to adjust that plan as your life circumstances change.
We are here for you. We will handle the details and complexities of retirement so you don’t have to worry about them. Instead, you can enjoy spending your time with those you love, doing the things you love. Remember, time is the most important currency, not money. We will help you manage your money so you can enjoy your time. Not only have we guided thousands of people through retirement, we are passionate about this stuff!
Having a guide will increase your confidence and your ability to enjoy the journey. On that tour of the foreign country with an experienced tour guide, you won’t have to worry about anything. Your guide will take you to all the best local hangouts, tell you interesting folklore you won’t find on the internet and avoid the dangerous areas you might not be aware of. The guide will maximize your experience and minimize your risk. We do the same with your retirement! Please don’t take the DIY (do-it-yourself) approach to retirement. You have only one chance to get it right. Allow us to guide you.
Randy Carver, CRPC®, CDFA®, is the president and founder of Carver Financial Services, Inc., and is also a registered principal with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Randy has more than 32 years of experience in the financial services business. Carver Financial Services, Inc. was established in 1990 and is one of the largest independent financial services offices in the country, managing $2.2 billion in assets for clients globally, as of December 2021. Randy and his team work with individuals who are in financial transition as a result of divorce, retirement or the sale of a business. You may reach Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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