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Retirement Planning

Solid Rock Retirement Strategies begins the planning process with an in-depth, individualized evaluation of your financial situation, including an assessment of your time horizon and risk tolerance.

Plan For The Coming Storm

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Planning for retirement can cause frustration and sow doubt about your future, that's why we offer worry free planning to help you secure your future.

Setting the Stage for Retirement
  • Know Your Retirement Age: While the traditional retirement age is 65, you may choose to retire earlier or later depending on your financial situation and lifestyle goals.
  • Estimate Your Retirement Needs: Consider your desired lifestyle in retirement. Will you travel extensively? Downsize your living situation? Factor in healthcare costs, potential long-term care needs, and other expenses to determine how much you'll need to save.
  • Calculate Your Retirement Income Sources: Social Security benefits will likely replace a portion of your pre-retirement income. Estimate your benefit amount using the Social Security Administration's website In addition to Social Security, consider income from pensions, IRAs, 401(k)s, and other savings.
Building Your Nest Egg
  • Power of Compound Interest: Start saving early! The magic of compound interest allows your money to grow exponentially over time. The sooner you begin saving, the more time your money has to grow.
  • Maximize Employer Contributions: If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, contribute at least enough to get the full employer match. This is essentially free money you don't want to leave on the table.
  • Choose the Right Retirement Accounts: IRAs and 401(k)s offer tax advantages for retirement savings. IRAs provide contribution flexibility, while 401(k)s may offer employer matching contributions. Choose the account that best suits your needs.
Investing for Retirement
  • Asset Allocation: Diversify your retirement portfolio across different asset classes like stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents. This helps manage risk and ensure your portfolio aligns with your risk tolerance and time horizon.
  • Rebalance Regularly: The market fluctuates, so periodically rebalance your portfolio to maintain your target asset allocation. This may involve buying or selling assets to keep your desired risk profile.
  • Consider a Roth Option: Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s offer tax-deferred growth, but you'll pay taxes on withdrawals in retirement. Roth options allow for after-tax contributions, but qualified withdrawals in retirement are tax-free.
Nearing Retirement?
  • Review Your Social Security Options: You can start claiming Social Security benefits as early as 62, but delaying benefits until full retirement age (typically 66 or 67) increases your monthly benefit amount.
  • Plan for Healthcare Costs: Medicare covers some healthcare expenses in retirement, but it may not cover everything. Explore supplemental insurance options like Medigap or Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Develop a Retirement Budget: Create a realistic budget for your retirement lifestyle. Factor in potential changes in your cost of living and adjust your spending habits accordingly.

Ready For the Storms To Come?
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