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Retirement Planning: The Ultimate Endless Summer Adventure

Published on June 18, 2024 | LPL Financial

If you’re like some, you may have spent large parts of your working life missing the carefree summer days of your childhood. That is, of course, assuming you had a happy childhood. If not, try to imagine how it might be if your childhood was idyllic. And what if you knew of a few things to do so your retirement might feel like an endless summer vacation, too?

Whether you see retirement as a permanent trip to the beach or are just ready to sleep late, retirement planning may help your vision become a reality. Here are some tips and tricks to help manage your retirement to have the goal of being carefree and relaxing as a child’s summer vacation.

Dreaming of Paradise (Setting Your Retirement Goals)

Take some time to envision your ideal retirement lifestyle. What activities do you want to pursue? Where do you want to live? By painting a picture of your dream retirement, you may set meaningful goals to work toward.

Saving for Sunny Days

Just like saving up for that dream vacation, building your retirement savings is essential for funding your retirement lifestyle. Start by calculating the expenses you might expect to have in retirement. Then, you could determine how much you might need to save and invest to cover these expenses.

Consider strategies and products like annuities, pensions, Social Security benefits, and systematic withdrawals from retirement accounts to generate steady cash flow. By managing your contributions to retirement accounts like 401(k)s, IRAs, and employer-sponsored plans, you might be able to squirrel away as much cash as you predict you may need at a speed that is possible in alignment with your goals.

Planting Investment Seeds for Growth

As the saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was ten years ago. The second-best time is today.” The same may be said of saving for retirement. Even if you’ve gotten a late start, the more you save now, the less you may need to save later, and the better off you might be when you retire. You may also want to review and adjust your investments regularly to stay on track toward your retirement goals.

Weathering Any Storms

It’s critical to take all necessary steps to guard your retirement nest egg. By investing in products like life insurance, health insurance, and long-term care insurance, you also help manage your finances against unforeseen events that might jeopardize your plans.

Retirement isn’t just about financial planning—it’s about embracing a lifestyle filled with purpose, passion, and adventure. Stay active and engaged by pursuing hobbies, volunteering, traveling, and spending time laughing with your loved ones.

Important Disclosures:

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial professional prior to investing.

This article was prepared by WriterAccess.

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