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<b>Planning for "Life After Work"</b>

Planning for "Life After Work"

Long before retirement even hits our radars, we’re planning what type of education, skills training and professional designations we’ll acquire. 

We also spend a lot of time planning which industries are the best places to work in, and which employers to work for. 

Once employed, we carefully consider our every career move, so that we progress to the top of the ladder in our respective fields.

Sadly though, while we focus most of our efforts on all these plans, we often forget to plan for “life after work.”

Why Retirement Planning is Important

Everything we do – from choosing a career to managing career progressions at our employers – is presumably so we and our families and dependents can have a better life.  But if we fail to plan for “life after work,” all of the plans and effort we put into our working lives, could be jeopardized.

What will retirement look like? Are we spending too much? What if we’re not saving enough? How frequently should we be saving? Could we run out of money in retirement? Are we investing in the right places? How much will we need in retirement? Will government and employer pension plans cover us through retirement?

If we don’t plan for retirement, we’ll never be able to prepare for it. And an ill-prepared retirement is bound to be one filled with financial stress and chaos.

The “Four-Legged” Retirement Stool

Retirement income has often been referred to as the “three-legged stool.”  This meant the stool was support by:

  1. Social Security benefits
  2. An employer pension plan or other employer-sponsored plan
  3. Personal savings/investments, including retirement plans such as IRAs, etc.

Today, retirement income is less reliable because fewer employers offer pensions, and employees have not been able to save as much due to stagnant waves and high levels of debt.  One approach to building a retirement income strategy today is to visualize it as a “four-legged stool.”  This is comprised of the three components mentioned above, plus a guaranteed income annuity.  To create that fourth leg, an individual may need to reposition a portion of funds from other investment/retirement accounts.  However, while the stool may be shorter than in years’ past, that fourth leg can offer a bit more stability and confidence in your retirement income.

What We Can Do For You

At Indigo Wealth Management, we know that retirement planning doesn’t start at retirement. It starts much before. Our retirement planning approach takes a long-term view of your financial well being. We use a life-cycle approach to ensure your “life after work” is as well-planned as your life prior to retirement.

Here’s what we do for you as part of our Retirement Planning service:

  • Your personalized retirement planning strategy:  Everything we do for you centers around four pillars:
    1. Helping you plan to achieve your financial goals prior to retirement
    2. Planning to ensure you have sufficient income during retirement
    3. Putting plans in place to safeguard your nest egg and yourself against potential catastrophes
    4. Planning for your legacy
  • Understanding your goals:  Through an intensely personalized approach, we understand what your retirement goals are.
  • Analyzing where you are at:  To plan a meaningful retirement, you need to know where you currently stand. We’ll help you build an in-depth financial inventory to use as part of our retirement planning process.
  • Developing the plan:  Remember all those questions you had on your mind – largely unanswered? We’ll work with you to create a retirement plan that addresses every one of them. When we’re done, you’ll not only know the income you need to fund your retirement lifestyle, and what your investments will generate; but you’ll also know how to bridge the shortfall – if any.
  • Implementing the plan:  As you move closer to retirement, we’ll work closely with you to ensure the plans are implemented in a phased and orderly manner. The goal of our retirement planning approach is to make transitioning into retirement as seamless and stress-free as possible.
  • Supporting your decisions on pensions and benefits:  We’ll help you with help and advice on pensions and benefits (government or employer): Whether to apply or not? When to apply? What to do with those funds? And more...
  • Looking out for you in retirement and beyond:  To live a long and fulfilling retirement, you’ll need help with many other facets of your life – health care, insurance, charitable giving and legacy planning.
  • Ongoing reviews:  We maintain a long and enduring relationship with you. We’ll continue to monitor and review your retirement plans, and consult with you frequently about any changes or updates needed to address your evolving retirement lifestyle needs.

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