This coming Sunday kicks off the 2015 Football Season, I can’t believe it’s upon us so quickly! Retirement has a way of sneaking up on us too. Here are 5 strategies to think about while you take in the first game of the season.
Have a Game Plan – Benjamin Franklin said it best, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. The biggest secret to building retirement wealth is to sit down early and create a plan. Answering questions like, when do I want to retire, where do I want to live, what type of lifestyle do I want to have, how do I want to spend my time, what type of retirement saving vehicles are available, how much money will I need to save each month, etc. These are all questions that need to be answered to create a successful retirement strategy.
Small Gains Win the Game – Asset Allocation is essential to help preserve your nest egg. It can be summed up by the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” As you near retirement you must carefully look at your investments and possibly shift from growth mode to a more moderate mode.
Play Offense and Defense – In retirement you want to have confidence in your plan so you can sleep at night. On the other hand, you will likely spend over 20 years in retirement so a portion of your portfolio should remain invested to keep up with inflation.
Fumbles Do Happen – Investing for retirement most often includes investing in the stock market. The stock market always has and always will go up and down. Embrace the power of the markets. Use dollar cost averaging to invest, which means you invest the same amount of money each month. When investment prices are high you will buy fewer shares and when the market is low, you buy investments ‘on sale’. I don’t know about you but I love a good sale! In time, history has proven that the market always comes back and those shares bought on sale will show a good profit. (No guarantees of course)
Avoid the Hail Mary – Don’t wait until the last moment to create a retirement plan. My recommendation is to map out your strategy at least five but preferably ten years before retirement, then review it every three years to ensure you are on track. This gives time for course corrections along the way.
Need help creating a game plan? Email me, Julia M. Carlson, your questions at [email protected] or call 541-574-6464
Julia Carlson is a registered Principal with, and securities are offered through, LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.
Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.
Dollar cost averaging involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuation in price levels of such securities. An investor should consider their ability to continue purchasing through fluctuating price levels. Such a plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining markets.