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For A Comfortable Retirement, Start Planning Early

Happy-old-coupleFor a healthy nest egg that will provide you with an enjoyable, worry-free retirement, you’ll need to start saving and investing now. It takes time and smart planning.

Working hard on building your retirement nest egg right now? That’s excellent! Here are five key elements of successfully growing wealth from Nasdaq’s recent post, “5 Considerations to Help You Retire Wealthy.”

  1. Decrease your risk. If you lose 10% of your savings when you're younger, it’s a tough bounce. But if you lose 10% of the $1 million you saved for retirement at 65, it may be devastating. It is important to know your timeline and the level of risk you can stand.
  2. Build a firm foundation. Be certain that your retirement's financial needs are addressed and secure them long before you retire. Create a practical budget and a plan that includes a structured way of drawing income from certain assets, implementing cash flow on others, dealing with inflation and taxes and thinking about asset protection in the event either you or your spouse require long-term care.
  3. Hedge your risk with diversification. There's no reason not to take some risk, but you should protect against losses so you don't lose your hat. May sure that you don't go with just one investment or asset class. It is better to maintain a diversified portfolio and to consider risk-management options.
  4. Be realistic. You can retire wealthy by saving your money and avoiding costly mistakes. Shift your focus slowly and strategically from accumulation to preservation, as you get nearer to retirement.
  5. Seek out experts. Talk with those who have experience in taxes, estate planning and financial planning. This isn’t a do-it-yourself proposition.

Wealth doesn’t build itself, even over many decades. If your goal is to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in retirement, you’ll need to invest time and effort, with discipline, the help of legal and financial professionals and a willingness to delay immediate gratification.

An estate planning attorney will be able to provide good guidance, while creating a plan to protect you and your loved ones before and during retirement.

Reference: Nasdaq (April 21, 2017) “5 Considerations to Help You Retire Wealthy”