For even the most financially literate individual, planning for retirement can become a challenging undertaking. The days of relying solely on your pension and Social Security benefits to satisfy your income needs during retirement are long gone. In today’s economic climate, historically low interest rates coupled with high market volatility rates have made planning for retirement difficult and more important than ever.
Enjoy smooth sailing in retirement with proper income planning.
Income planning for retirement can be a daunting task for many retirees because there is a lot to learn, and to many people a lot of the information is new. Whether you are just setting out on your retirement journey, or it is already well underway, you may be skeptical of whether you’ll have enough retirement income to maintain a comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle.
There are three major phases in the management of retirement income:
- The accumulation phase
- The distribution phase
- The preservation or transfer phase
Planning for your retirement may require a shift in mindset, and a solid understanding of the difference between retirement savings and retirement income. Prior to retirement, your financial life was dictated by your paycheck. Once you retire, however, you can no longer rely on a paycheck, which means you will be left to find other sources of income. You’ve worked hard to save for retirement, and now the time has come to find the proper methods of creating additional income from what you’ve saved. Although this can represent a challenge for many, it also represents a great opportunity to potentially grow your savings beyond what you’ve saved — and this is usually made easier by enlisting the help of a financial services professional that you trust.
We will work with you to help you uncover the various opportunities and concerns of each phase. Additionally, we will walk you through the process of:
- Determining how much retirement income you will need
- Estimating how long your current income plan may last
- Calculating how much additional income you may need
- Evaluating your additional income sources
Because taxes play a major role in any financial planning process, our firm will utilize tax advantaged vehicles to accomplish your retirement income goals, such as traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401(k)s, and IRA rollovers.
Keep in mind, while the numerous options for your retirement savings may seem overwhelming, all of us at LoneStar Wealth Management are here to help you make sense of it all.