Retirement Income Planning
By: Jeff Headrick, Financial Advisor
Retirement income planning is an important part of preparing for retirement. The amount of income you will need, as well as when and where to withdraw it from, can be one of the hardest tasks in financial planning.
For simplicity, we will examine three key steps to retirement income planning.
Retirement Income Planning and Social Security
The first step in retirement income planning is to understand social security. You need to determine how much social security you are eligible for, and when to "turn it on."
Most of the time it is beneficial to wait until you are at full retirement age, which is typically age 66 or age 67.
To receive a detailed report of your social security, simply go to the social security administration link below and sign up to get an update of your options:
If you would like to visit the social security administration offices in your city such as Wilmington, Raleigh, or Charlotte, NC, visit the link below for their location and hours of operation.
Retirement Income Planning and your IRA/401(k)
The second step in retirement income planning is to determine withdrawal options on your Individual Retirement Account (IRA).
You cannot draw on these accounts without penalty until 59 1/2. Further, you must begin to withdraw funds no later than age 70 and 1/2.
If you do not, you will be penalized substantially. So, there are a lot of rules that you need to be aware of.
Final Step of Retirement Income Planning
Once you are up to speed on your social security and IRA options, it's time to determine how much money you will need per month.
Many experts say that 80% of your pre-retirement income is a place to start, however, I have found that the actual amount is usually less then this.
The best thing you can do is to simply create a budget (and trust me--Everyone Needs a Budget). This is probably the first step to retirement income planning, but since most folks hate to do it--we made it last!
Retirement Income Planning Summary
Retirement income planning is not easy.
There are many variables, and in some cases variables within the variables!
However, we believe that by following these core steps, most folks will be able to get a good idea of how to create a good plan.
If you need assistance, give us a call at (910) 726-0858. You can also schedule an appointment for a virtual meeting by clicking the link below.
Jeff Headrick is an independent financial advisor and private wealth manager with Inspire Financial Planning, LLC.
When Jeff was still in his teens his father died unexpectedly. While his father was a hard worker and a good provider, he did not have the best financial plan in place when he died. This left his family at a difficult financial crossroad. This personal experience, coupled with being inspired by Sir John Templeton, Warren Buffett, Dave Ramsey, and the laws of compound interest, prompted Jeff to enter the financial services industry in 1999. He has been helping people with their financial planning ever since.
Jeff lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and two children. He spends most of his spare time just across the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, enjoying the beauty of the NC Coast.
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