by Kelly Pacheco, CFP, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones –
To save for retirement with confidence, it’s important to think about when you want to retire and how you want to spend your time. Once you have your vision – or goal – you need a strategy to achieve it. Even if you’ve already started saving, it’s important to regularly review your strategy and consider these five questions.
When do you plan to retire? When you want to retire determines how many years you have to save.
How long might your retirement last? In general, women live longer than men. The longer you live, the longer your retirement savings will need to last. This means your strategy should take a longer retirement into account. Did you know? At age 85 or older the approximate ratio of women to men is two to one. (Statistics Canada: A portrait of the population aged 85 and older in Canada in 2016.)
How much risk is right for you? Risk tolerance is one of the legs of a personal retirement strategy. You’ll want to be comfortable with your investments while ensuring they work as hard as they can. You’ll want to avoid taking more risk than you need by determining what level of risk you are comfortable accepting and then balance it with the required risk necessary to achieve your long-term goals.
If you prefer having most of your money in cash and investments with lower volatility, you may be actually taking more risk – the risk you do not achieve enough growth to reach your long-term retirement goal. A financial advisor can help you develop a portfolio that balances your long-term goals with your tolerance for risk.
How do you balance saving for retirement with other goals? While retirement may seem further off than other goals, time is a valuable asset – so don’t delay saving for one goal over another. Instead, view your goals together.
A solid savings strategy includes solutions for both your short and long-term priorities. A financial advisor is well-equipped to help identify solutions for managing multiple priorities in ways that complement rather than compete with one another.
Have you taken steps to manage unexpected events? Every good plan requires contingencies for unexpected events, such as illness or job loss. According to Statistics Canada, women’s economic position within the household has increased as evidenced by the growth of dual-earner families; women are also out-earning their husbands. Couple households have shifted away from a husband-dominated process to a joint decision-making process. Women now play a greater, if not primary role, in the purchase of large-ticket items such as houses, automobiles, insurance and financial services. With careful preparation and a well-diversified portfolio, you can weather unexpected changes that may come your way.
Achieving the retirement you envision is a possibility.