A Change in Retirement Culture
Various factors are redefining how Americans approach retirement. Due to financial necessity, or sometimes an overabundance of leisure time. Some retirees are beginning to return to the workplace, for example. Many retired executives are starting their own part-time consulting businesses.
Part-time work during retirement may be worth consideration as a part of your overall financial plan. This is especially important if you plan to retire early.
Another interesting factor that is redefining retirement is that life expectancies continue to increase over time.
For some, spending one-third of their lives in retirement is a possibility.
Relying on qualified retirement plans and Social Security will be increasingly difficult. These retirement programs were not designed to provide perpetual income. Adding to the dilemma of increased longevity, qualified retirement plans have gradually shifted the savings responsibility from employers to employees.
Thus, your retirement assets as well as personal savings are in your hands. They will have to work longer and harder to help fulfill your objectives, regardless of whether you retire early or not.
An often overlooked aspect of retirement planning is money management once retirement has begun. To ensure that you have adequate retirement assets, your money may have to continue working for you throughout your retirement years. In addition, consider inflation along with the amount of withdrawals from your qualified plans. Other assets will have a direct impact on the longevity of your retirement assets.
It is also important to note that early retirement may incur certain tax penalties on early withdrawals from retirement plans. All options need to be investigated. Before taking action consult your professional tax legal, and financial advisors to determine the overall impact on your long-term financial goals.
For many people, financial planning and part-time work have become essential components of a comfortable retirement. By maximizing your personal savings you will increase your chances of reaching your retirement goals.
Remaining active and focused on your retirement objectives is particularly important if you are contemplating or are forced into early retirement.