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Are you thinking about the next chapter in your life? For many workers, investing means having a portion of their paycheck systematically invested in an employer-sponsored retirement account. Little thought is given to the retirement account after that.
Saving for retirement is arguably the most important aspect in preparing for retirement. Having a carefully laid out plan may help smooth the transition from working to retiring. The sooner you devise a plan, the more time you have to explore and evaluate your options. Taking these steps might make the difference between a successful retirement and a disappointing one.
Define Your Retirement
It's important to decide how you want your retired life to look. This is your chance to define the next stage in your life. Will you continue working in some regard? Most baby boomers are interested in a rewarding second act. Discover what you're passionate about and incorporate that into your retirement.
Test-Drive Your Budget
One of the most important steps in analyzing your retirement picture is being aware of your total household expenses. Unfortunately, many of us may not be aware of what our current lifestyle costs. In retirement, you may find it necessary to live on a smaller portion of your pre-retirement income. For example, if you plan on retiring on 85% of your current income, consider carving out 15% of your current income and investing it in your retirement account. This strategy may help you in preparation of living on a reduced income, potentially boost your overall retirement account balance, and possibly reduce your taxable income.
Seek Professional Advice
Preparing for retirement is not an easy process. With all of the information and products available today, developing a strategy that best suits your individual needs may be daunting. To avoid the headache of trying to tackle this task alone, seek the advice of a trained professional. PNWFCU is staffed with experienced financial professionals available through CFS* who may be able to help you identify investment goals, and develop and implement a well-structured investment plan.
*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. ("CFS"), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. Pacific NW Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members. CFS and its representatives do not provide tax advice. For specific tax advice please consult a qualified tax professional.