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Do you fear you are saving for retirement too late?

Plan to address that anxiety with some creative retirement planning. If you have little saved for retirement at age 50 (or thereabouts), there is still much you can do to generate a fund for your future and to sustain your retirement prospects.

If you are starting at or near 50, consider these ideas.

Contribute and play catch-up.

This year’s standard contribution limit for an IRA (Roth or traditional) is $5,500; common employer-sponsored retirement plans have a 2018 contribution limit of $18,500. You should try, if at all possible, to meet those limits. In fact, starting in the year you turn 50, you have a chance to contribute even more: for you, the ceiling for annual IRA contributions is $6,500; the limit on yearly contributions to workplace retirement plans, $24,500.1

Focus on determining the retirement income you will need.

If you are behind on saving, you may be tempted to place your money into extremely risky and speculative investments – anything to make up for lost time. That may not work out well. Rather than risk big losses you have little time to recover from, save reasonably and talk to a financial advisor about income investing. What investments could potentially produce recurring income to supplement your Social Security payments?

See our previous post on Avoiding The Money Pitfalls of Past Generations for how long of a retirement you should plan on.

Think about retiring later.

Every additional year you work is one less year of retirement to fund. Each year you refrain from drawing down your retirement accounts, you give them another year of potential growth and compounding – and compounding becomes more significant as those accounts grow larger. Working longer also lets you claim Social Security later, and that means bigger monthly retirement benefits for you.

Most members of Generation X need to save more for their futures.

The median retirement savings balance for a Gen Xer, according to research from Allianz, is about $35,000. A recent survey from Comet Financial Intelligence found that 41% of Gen Xers had not yet begun to build their retirement funds. So, if you have not started or progressed much, you have company. Now is the time to build a financial plan, track your progress and follow through.2,3

If you feel a little anxiety about your retirement or financial plan, or the lack of having one, give us a call today. You will be able to speak with one of our trusted advisors that would be happy to walk you through some suggestions on what strategies may be best suited for you and your family.

 


Citations.
1 – irs.gov/newsroom/irs-announces-2018-pension-plan-limitations-401k-contribution-limit-increases-to-18500-for-2018 [10/25/18]
2 – fool.com/retirement/2018/02/07/heres-what-gen-xers-have-saved-for-retirement.aspx [2/7/18]
3 – entrepreneur.com/article/309746 [3/2/18]

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