This means having enough money to cover the basics like food, housing and medical care as well as things like vacation and house upgrades or changes needed.
These are a few of the most popular options that you can use to generate or supplement your retirement income.
Social Security is the most common way Americans pay for retirement, and historically many Americans have counted it as their main source of income after leaving the labor force. However, Social Security currently is in deficit spending, and a majority of working Americans don't expect Social Security to play a large role in their retirement finances, with younger Americans the least likely to count on it. Many financial advisors working with younger clients will even recommend you remove Social Security from your calculations when planning out your retirement budget, as there is no guarantee it will still be around when the time comes for your own retirement.
401(k) or 403(b)
One option that many workers take advantage of is their employer-sponsored 401(k). If your current employer offers a 401(k) and you’re not contributing to it yet, you'll want to start right away. One reason why this is such a great option is because many employers offer a match, meaning any money that you put in will also be added by your employer. You can choose to invest up to the match or max it out based on the current IRS regulations every year (your employer will tell you the maximum you can contribute). If you can't stomach the idea of less take-home money in your paycheck, start small. Contributing just one percent or two percent won't seem like much at first (and you might barely notice the difference), but it is better than nothing. After a few months, up the percentage, and continue doing so, until you reach the max allowed by your employer.
Another good option for investing money is an IRA. This is a personal account that you can create that is separate from your employer. Just like a 401(k), there are IRS regulations regarding how much you can actually put into this account every year. If you can, it is a good idea to max out this account. You can also choose between a tax-deferred account or one that accounts for taxes at the time of contribution. Deciding which account is best for you may be a good thing to discuss with your financial planner.
While it is not always a very common form of investing, if you are looking for a way to get retirement income every month, investing in real estate may be a great option. If you can pay for some rental properties in full before you retire, then you can take the rental income from each property as retirement income every month. How many properties you obtain is completely up to you, but remember that there are situations where you may be without a tenant for a few months. There are risks just like with any other form of investing, but real estate may be a great way to get retirement income. Another option is selling the properties for income when you retire.
You want to retire in style and live without worry for what the future holds. With careful financial planning, you can reach that goal. For help with that careful planning, consider contacting our team, California Retirement Advisors, at cradvisors.com or call at 888-643-7472 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
By Christian Cordoba
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Founder, California Retirement Advisors
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