Welcome to the final day of our series on Saving for Retirement at Any Age. Today our friends at NerdWallet have provided a great post on the decade of your Sixties. Read about the other decades – Twenties, Thirties, Forties and Fifties by clicking on each one.
There’s one truism about retirement that has stood the test of time: It’s never too late, or too early, to start saving. Whether fresh out of school or winding down in a career, there are things you can do to successfully prepare your nest egg, as well as places where it’s easy to stumble. Financial institutions such as Vinton County National Bank can help you set up a retirement account and personalized plan. But it’s up to you to do the heavy lifting throughout the decades.
By Cait Klein, NerdWallet
As your working career draws to a close, it’s time to consider when to start drawing on retirement, Social Security or pension benefits. You’ve been working for the majority of your life, and you may have put off those big vacations or life dreams until you retired. But be wary. The biggest mistake people in this age group make is blowing through funds too quickly or all at once. Just because you have a million-dollar retirement fund doesn’t mean you can afford a yacht. Don’t spend the first two or three years of retirement in luxury only to spend the remaining decade or two in poverty. Be realistic about what the years ahead are going to look like and consider revamping the image if it’s not feasible. One way to curb this financial blunder is to retire later or to continue working at least part-time.
Working longer can help keep your mind active and add funds to cushion a nest egg. It also leads to additional government benefits. Whether you retire early or later, the total amount of Social Security benefits that you receive remain the same if you live as long as the expected average. However, delaying when you start receiving Social Security until after your full retirement age could increase your monthly benefit.
Don’t let short-term thinking get in the way of your future retirement. No matter how old you are, take the initiative now so you can be financially set to embrace the final quarter of life. Growing older is a luxury not afforded to everyone. Make sure that as your hair grays and your smile lines deepen, you’re able to make the most of this new phase of life by being financially prepared.
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