Staying on Track for Retirement in Your 50s
Jan 18, 2023
Blueprint Income Team
As you get closer to retirement and continue working towards your saving goals, it’s important to incorporate a plan for your retirement spending. Here’s how you can start thinking about it.
- Estimate how much you will spend during your retirement and whether this changes how much you need to save
- Determine which kind of guaranteed retirement income is right for you
When it comes to retirement planning, it’s hard to determine the exact amount you’ll need to save to last your entire retirement. Instead, start considering how much you’ll spend in retirement and if it will affect how much you’re saving now. With this in mind, we’ve created a quick checklist to make sure you stay on track for retirement during your 50s.
- Keep up the saving. It’s still vitally important to your goal of a happy retirement. Consider adjusting your portfolio, as well, if you need to make up any progress.
- Have a plan for retirement spending. That is, how much you wish to spend in retirement and what portion of your retirement expenses will be covered solely by your savings and Social Security. Don’t make a common mistake: retirement doesn’t always mean a drastic drop in expenses. Think more like 85% of your current expenses to be conservative.
- Lock in some guaranteed lifetime income by purchasing a longevity annuity. As we mentioned before, pension plans have gone the way of the dinosaurs for the most part, but a longevity annuity is a great alternative that you can purchase in the years leading up to retirement. Like a traditional pension, a longevity annuity ensures a guaranteed stream of income that will last as long as your retirement does.
- Diversify out of your company’s stock. You shouldn’t have any more invested in your company’s stock than you absolutely have to. That way, if the company goes under, you’re just out a job, not all your savings.
Blueprint Income Team
We are a team of finance, insurance, and actuarial professionals working to make it easier for everyone to achieve a steady and comfortable retirement. We write about annuities (the good and the bad) and provide strategies to help Americans prepare for retirement.