Many Thanks from the Desk of Matt Nelson, CEO of Income for Life

Retirement planning is an often complicated and tricky journey. When you’re in your 20s, you’re told you need to start planning, but aren’t offered many tools in order to really find success. In your 30s, you’re told that if you haven’t started to put money away for retirement, you’re already behind. By the time you’re in your 40s, you may find yourself scrambling to find the income to sustain you in your retirement. At 50, you’re looking towards retirement and wondering if you’ll even be able to retire, let alone stay retired. This is a common problem all throughout the United States and if you’ve ever felt like any of these scenarios at any age, know that you’re not alone.

Here at Income for Life, we are able to provide you with a variety of tools in order to better help you be prepared for your retirement years. We appreciate your interest in our company and your willingness to learn more about retirement planning. Over the course of this 10-part email series, we will cover a variety of topics that have become more important in retirement planning and investing over the last several years. From measured risk with investing to the fear of outliving your retirement income, we will help you not only have a better understanding of these topics, but help empower you to take action concerning your retirement needs.

As we take this journey together, know that your guide, Matt Nelson, is ready and willing to help you with all your retirement questions and concerns.

A Little Bit About Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson is the President and founder of Income For Life, LLC, and the host of Income For Life Radio. He has been featured both nationally and regionally in over 200 publications as one of the industry leaders in retirement income planning and has trained both clients and advisers across the country on how to properly structure their retirement income planning portfolios.

A Premier Retirement Planning Firm

Income for Life is a nationally recognized retirement planning firm that has the knowledge and experience to back up that standing. We focus on providing our clients the retirement solutions that they need, and not ones that they don’t. It’s important to note that we’re an independent retirement planning firm that maintains many relationships with the top insurance companies and have a wide variety of products available in order to find the right fit for you, not us. The best part is that our services are completely free to you, now and moving forward, should you opt to work with us for your retirement planning needs. The many annuity companies that we work with pay us for providing you with the exact services and investments that you need, not you!
As you learn more about how to navigate your retirement income through this 10-part email series, keep us in mind for when you need help or access to top retirement products, because Income for Life is truly a premier retirement planning company. We hope you enjoy this journey with us and would like to personally thank you for your interest in our services and expertise here at Income for Life.

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The Retirement Mindset Shift

How you think about retirement is often dictated by your age and stage in life. As a young adult, the general consensus is that you should put aside even a little bit each month for retirement in your later years. An industry peer said it well when he told a young lady over a Memorial Day picnic that it doesn’t matter how much you have, the biggest benefit you can give yourself is time. Even if you just start by putting $50 aside each month from a young age, you have time to accumulate more money than those who start later in life. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a variety of options available for individuals who start saving for retirement at any age.

From whenever you start saving and investing for retirement up until age 50, many individuals fall into a financial phase of life called the Accumulation Phase. This is a phase of life where you try to accrue and save as much money as possible. You may even be aggressive with your money and invest in a wide variety of sources, including the stock market in order to gain as much value from your money as possible.

Conservation of Retirement Income

Around age 50 a mental shift happens in how pre-retirees look at their financial situation and needs. This mental shift takes individuals from the Accumulation Phase and transitions them to the Preservation Phase. This new financial phase of life encourages individuals to be more cautious with their nest egg in order to guarantee an appropriate amount of retirement income. Risky options no longer seem reasonable, as they put this nest egg in jeopardy.

Moving from the Accumulation Phase to the Preservation Phase is completely natural in this stage of life. It helps to guarantee your retirement income. As you look forward towards retirement, it’s time to consider different avenues for your retirement investments and income in order to help preserve the money you’ve earned while still growing it at a reasonable pace.

What Does Guaranteed Mean?

When you shift into the financial Preservation Phase of your life, you need guaranteed income options that will preserve your current nest egg. You can’t afford to lose any of the wealth that you’ve gained, or else you risk having your money run out during your retirement years. Guaranteed means that any money you invest will not be lost. Period. There are many premier annuity products that are genuinely guaranteed income as you move into this new financial phase of life and prepare your investments to support you through every day of your retirement. It’s important to be conservative with your money and your financial choices in order to enjoy your retirement.

Income for Life is the Top Rated National® Retirement Planning company that can help you make important and rational decisions about your retirement nest egg. Let us help you through this new financial phase of life and give us a call as part of your next steps in your retirement income planning journey.

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A Snapshot of a Pre-Retiree

When you think about individuals in retirement, you probably think of individuals in their 70s or 80s. While this would be a correct assumption, it’s not the full story. Demographics for both retirees and pre-retirees are quickly changing, as are the ways that individuals prepare financially for their retirement years. With that in mind, what do we know about pre-retirees and how they’re currently planning for their retirement?

Pre-Retirees…have roughly $163,577 saved for retirement on average.

Sometimes having $163,577 tucked away can feel like a lot. In fact, it’s a substantial amount for anyone to have in savings, however, for Baby Boomers heading towards retirement, it’s simply not enough. $163,577 is the average amount of money that Baby Boomers have stashed away for their retirement years. Let’s take a minute to break this down. If a person ends up having a 20 year retirement and has $163,577 to cover these 20 years, that means that each Baby Boomer will have only $681.57 to live off of each month. Would that cover your monthly expenses?

Pre-Retirees…are living longer than any generation previously.

When you look at each generation, the next one in the line seems to be living longer on average than the previous one. Statistics prove this to be true. In fact, of current retirees aged 65, one in four of them will live past 90. So you’re no longer planning for a 20 year retirement, but 25 to 30 years instead. Can your money provide you a reasonable standard of living for that long?

Pre-Retirees…who are homeowners are still paying on mortgages.

Not only did previous generations have access to pensions and other work benefits that helped them plan for retirement, they also had to deal with substantially less overall debt. While pre-retirees aren’t facing the massive student loan problems of younger generations, over 30 percent of pre-retirees still have an outstanding mortgage heading towards their retirement years. This can severely hamper the overall retirement income planning process and make your retirement years difficult. Do you have a plan in place to manage your debt and prepare for retirement?

Pre-Retirees…are expecting to retire later than previous generations.

When do you think you’ll retire? At age 62? At age 65? These ages are pretty standard ages of retirement for those who are currently enjoying their retirement years. In fact, Americans can start receiving Social Security benefits as early as 62 years of age. However, pre-retirees are faced with a new dilemma. Over 25 percent of current pre-retirees are not planning to retire until the age of 70. Between the lack of savings and increased life expectancy, many individuals are making the choice to prolong their working years are retiring later. When are you going to be able to retire?

Pre-Retirees…are not financially ready for their retirement years.

What it boils down to is that most individuals in their pre-retirement years simply aren’t financially ready to retire. The current snapshot of America’s pre-retirees paint a grim picture. However, there are still options available for you to get help planning for your financial future. Income for Life is the nationally rated retirement planning company that can show you how.

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Are You Going to Outlive Your Retirement Income?

Image this scenario: You spend 40 years working for various companies doing IT work over the years. You finally felt ready to retire at 67 years of age. You thought you were ready, but by the time you are 82 years old, you find that you have completely run out of retirement savings and only have Social Security to fall back on. Would you rather face running out of retirement income at 82 or be dead? The answer may surprise you, or it may not. According to research done by the Allianz Life Insurance group, 77 percent of individuals interviewed between the ages of 44 to 49 fear outliving their retirement income more than they fear death. And this percentage only continues to grow.

Fifteen years may not seem like enough time to burn through your entire retirement savings, but with rising costs in health care and increases in longevity, 15 years is actually a relatively short time. Let’s say you retire at age 62 and live to be 84 years old (which isn’t an unreasonable assumption). That’s 22 years you need to be able to have income put away for to sustain your needs and lifestyle.

Calculating Your Retirement Income

Understanding how much money you need for retirement can often be difficult. When you calculate this income, you’re making your best guess on your longevity and several other factors. However, this will still get you in the ballpark of what you will need to aim for in order to retire without the fear of outliving your retirement savings.

The current rule of thumb, that will help you get into a ballpark range for retirement, is to calculate roughly how much you want to withdraw per year and then multiple that by 25. Here’s why. Let’s say that you currently make $80k per year. Many will tell you that for retirement you will need to have roughly 80 percent of that income per year available in order to sustain your current lifestyle, which would be $64k. Plan on withdrawing four percent from your retirement income savings each year. The inverse of four percent is 25, so multiply $64k by 25. This gives you a result of $1,600,000. While this number is a bit of an overestimate because it doesn’t take into account your investment’s annual growth, this will get you in the right range you will need set aside before you retire.

Face Your Fears

There are other factors that go into calculating this income, including Social Security and other income generation sources, but it’s no surprise that so many Americans fear running out of money during retirement when the end financial goal is exceptionally high, with few safety nets if the money runs out. The best way to address your fear of retirement income is to tackle it head on with experienced and knowledgeable help. Making your money work for you is exceptionally important in order to make sure you have enough income to retire without the fear of running out. Turn to the trusted advisors at Income for Life in order to enact a retirement income savings plan now because your future truly depends on it.

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Stay tuned for Part 5: Troubled Financial Waters Need Simple Solutions…