Your retirement preparedness temperature check
If you made it this far into our retirement series, you’re probably wondering whether you’re on track with your own retirement. The best person to help you is your financial advisor, but in the meantime you can also consider using a retirement calculator like this one from the OSC.
How it works
How much you’re saving
Your estimated long-term rate of return
How long you have until retirement
What your savings could grow to when you retire
What income those savings can provide throughout retirement
Financial calculators are a great tool to get a sense of how you’re doing. They’re a great start, but since everyone’s situation is unique, you’ll want something tailored to your needs. YOUR plan should be based on all of your expected sources of income, your investment portfolio, expected longevity, tax rates and numerous other factors.
Take action that’s appropriate for you
We realize that you may be at a different stage in life than someone else reading this article. Our article “Investing through the ages” walks through what investors should be thinking about at every stage of their lives. Discuss it with your financial advisor to get the conversation started.
We hope that our series on retirement provided you with valuable insights that will help you think about retirement planning. We believe it’s wise to be proactive and take the steps necessary to ensure that you will enjoy your retirement years without being concerned about outliving your savings.
Sooner = better
Start saving and investing as soon as possible to benefit from the power of compounding
Just because you aren’t working, doesn’t mean your savings can’t
Ensure that your retirement savings are invested in productive assets that can grow your wealth
Watch what you take out
Try to find the balance between your income needs and your portfolio’s longevity
Remember the buckets
Manage sequence of returns risk so your portfolio can grow despite short-term volatility
If you can address these important points, you’ll be well on your way to taking control of your financial future.