At age 65, only 5 out of every 100 retirees are financially independent; 22 must continue working, 28 depend on social security, and 45 depend on relatives for some or all of their support.
More than one source
The funding for most retirements comes from a combination of sources. This includes social security, a company retirement plan, and the individual’s own retirement and investment program. Some people never completely retire, but instead continue to work either full-time or part-time after they have reached retirement age.
Money is vital
The key to having enough money for a comfortable retirement is to become a serious saver. Start saving early, commit to saving regularly, and save as much as you can. No one ever retired regretting that they had accumulated too large a retirement fund.
The cost of retirement
During retirement, the expenses of buying a home and raising a family are usually gone, but other costs such as health care could be considerably higher. It’s been estimated that most retirees will need at least 66% of pre-retirement income. An active retiree may need closer to 80% of pre-retirement income to pay for added travel and leisure activity costs.
While retired individuals get some special tax breaks, they still continue to pay income taxes. The assumption usually is that your income will be lower in your retirement years, and, therefore, your income taxes will be less. In any case, don’t forget to take taxes into account in your planning.
Inflation, even at moderate levels, can cut into retirement resources. You will have to find a way to hedge against inflation. Monitor your investments to be sure your return is higher than the level of inflation, or you will be losing ground.
People are remaining healthier longer and living longer lives. In your retirement planning, be optimistic about your own life span. Your planning should probably provide for double the remaining years indicated in any longevity tables.
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