3 Options If You’re Short on Retirement Savings
There’s no doubt that retirement is a major financial goal. In order to meet your goal, you may have to save for decades. While past generations could rely on pension benefits, today’s retirees have to shoulder much of the burden through personal savings and investing.
Are you concerned that you won’t have enough money for retirement? You’re not alone. According to a recent Gallup survey, 64 percent of Americans say they are concerned about having enough money to retire comfortably. That figure is high enough to make retirement America’s top financial concern.1
What happens, though, if you reach your desired retirement age and don’t have enough saved? While that scenario may not be ideal, you do have options available. With some planning and creative thinking, you can likely still have an enjoyable and comfortable retirement even if you don’t hit your savings goal.
Below are three ways to bolster your financial foundation before you retire:
Again, this may not be ideal, but it’s an obvious strategy if you’re short on retirement funds. Working beyond retirement age helps in a few ways. First, it gives you a few more years to save and contribute to your retirement accounts. It also helps you delay Social Security, which could increase your benefit. Finally, by continuing to work, you eliminate years during which you may need to withdraw funds from your savings.
Working later in life doesn’t necessarily mean staying in your current job. Perhaps you could transition into consulting or some other position that allows some schedule flexibility. Or if you have a passion or hobby, you may be able to find part-time work in that area. Be creative and think of a work opportunity that aligns with your interests and goals.
Evaluate your plans for retirement.
Another way to overcome a savings gap is to reassess your plans for retirement. By cutting your expected spending, you may be able to reduce the amount of savings you need for retirement. You may even have enough to retire today if you’re funding a smaller budget.
Look at downsizing to a smaller home. That’s an easy way to cut your mortgage, insurance, taxes, maintenance and utilities. Plus, if you have substantial equity in your current home, you could take some of that equity and use it to pad your savings.
Also consider other cost-cutting measures, like sharing a car with your spouse or spending less money on travel and dining out. The less you spend in retirement, the lower your savings goal should be.
Increase your guaranteed income.*
It may be that you have a substantial amount saved for retirement, but you don’t feel comfortable taking withdrawals that aren’t guaranteed. Perhaps having more certainty in your retirement income would help you feel more confident in your decision to leave the working world.
There are ways to convert your savings into guaranteed income sources. For example, annuities offer a number of different methods for creating guaranteed lifetime income streams. Also, if you can delay Social Security past your full retirement age, you will likely see an increase in your monthly benefit when you do file.
Interested in more strategies to overcome your savings gap? Let’s talk about it. We welcome the opportunity to help you analyze your needs and develop a strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
*Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values.
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