Retirement Income Plan

It’s only natural, after decades on the job, for you to feel a bit of trepidation as the day arises when your retirement income plan kicks in. For years, you have been able to count on a steady paycheck and the possibility of an incremental raise from time to time. Once you leave the workforce, you will be able to count on a monthly check from the Social Security Administration and payouts from the various accounts set up as part of your retirement planning – stocks and mutual funds that are subject to the whims of the market. If you’ve learned anything from the current state of the economy, it’s that your portfolio can take a hit one day and have you flying high the next. How do you create some stability when the financial sector is as volatile as a nitroglycerin plant during an earthquake?
Here are a few tips to keep you moving in the right direction, when the Dow Jones is a roller coaster:
Live Within Your Means
Making a budget is a basic practice for many households in all strata of society. Sticking to one, however, proves to be too challenging – they either expect to live like princes or attempt to be paupers and fall short either way. Sit down with your spouse and make a realistic target for your spending, leaving aside extra money for savings accounts and additional investments, as well as activities both of you can enjoy. Ideally, you will have begun this practice well before you retire – spending your last year at work spending as though you are already retired is a good idea – but even creating a plan in the first month or two after you leave the office behind is acceptable.
Diversify Your Portfolio
It’s likely you’ve heard this advice from your financial planner and investment magazines over and over, but it goes far beyond the types of stocks or mutual funds you own. Sure, you should have a variety of low- and high-risk accounts to provide a measure of security against a market in flux, but you might find other areas are being neglected. You probably have a home that acts as one of your major assets, but do you own other properties that can be rented or sold? Have you sought ways to solidify your percentage of precious metals in the overall picture? Take an honest look at your situation and see how things could be reshuffled to maximize your return.
Seek Out Earning Opportunities
Without a doubt, you have earned a break from the daily grind associated with a 9-to-5 job. Does that mean you ought to give up on employment altogether? Absolutely not – and that doesn’t mean you should be greeting customers at your local retail chain. Chances are good your experience can be put to good use in a variety of ways. If you were in advertising, for example, you could begin consulting with small businesses part-time to help them grow. This will allow you the fulfillment of continuing to contribute to society without having the pressure of someone breathing down your neck. Who knows? The freedom might unleash some creative talents you forgot you had!

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