The day that you retire, you cross a very important threshold in your life. You no longer have earned, working income. You transition from a savings and accumulation phase of life into a spending and distribution phase. This creates a unique set of pressures and stresses that can threaten your nest egg. Retirement income planning is, in our view, the most overlooked area in retirement planning today. While we all understand there are no absolute guarantees in life, planning for income security is at the foundation of a good retirement plan. Retirement income planning includes the following key areas:
Income Distribution Strategy
Most retirees, at some point, will need to draw income from their investments. Whether your need for additional income is immediate or in the future, structuring your investments to specifically provide for your income needs is crucial in the development of a successful retirement financial plan.
Social Security Election
Social Security is perhaps the most important election you’ll vote on in retirement. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to Social Security election. The best strategy for one retiree may be completely different for another.
The goal with Social Security is to devise a strategy that can provide for the highest cumulative Social Security benefits possible, while also providing income security if you live much longer than expected. Because you don’t know exactly when you will pass away, you should consider the following questions:
At Castle Financial, we include Social Security strategy as a foundational component of your financial plan. If you’re already drawing Social Security benefits, we are sure to incorporate a full explanation of your future benefit structure into your retirement plan.