Knowing what you want to have in your retirement is a necessary step in planning your nest egg. You have to know things about where you want to be, and what you want to do in your retirement, as well as details about your current situation.
First, assess where you are at Today. As you start the process you should be able to answer the following four questions:
-When do you want to start saving?
-When do you wish to Retire?
-If you start later, will you have enough saved for retirement?
-If you start saving now, will that make your retirement occur faster in your plans?
Time can be a friend or enemy in your retirement. As you start to plan be prepared to delay your retirement if your assessment shows that you will not have the funds necessary to retire with the freedom you want. That is why it is so vital to think about retirement early, the earlier you start the sooner you will have the accumulated wealth to support you after you retire.
It is also possible to scale back some of your goals for retirement in order to meet your original dream date. It depends on your lifestyle, your goals, your financial situation, and the kind of retirement that you want to have. Remember that half of the people alive today will live longer than the expected norm for their age and culture. At age sixty-five, if you are married there is a one in three chance that one of you will live to the age of ninety-five.
For most purposes, professional financial planners urge that in your retirement planning you should plan to live at least until age ninety-five. That way, you don’t run out of money before you run out of retirement. Most people can safely estimate that they will require about eighty percent of their pre retirement income, but you should sit down and come up with your own individual estimation. Eighty percent is high if you already have substantial savings that you participate in, or it may be low if you relocate to a more expensive part of the country after you retire.
Sit down and take stock. Do not think that Social Security will always be there to meet your needs, it is a great benefit but there was a time that our country did not have it. Also be aware that one of the main issues facing the country today is how to pay for it in the future.
Get Professional Help: It is almost always a fantastic idea to sit down with a financial planner. Even if you only meet with one once or twice, it will help focus your thinking and planning, and will bring up issues you have not thought of.