Retirement Planning Tips

These tips will get you on track so you’re ready when it’s time to retire.

| July 9, 2012

When it comes to planning for retirement, there are many factors to consider. For instance, when is the ideal time to retire? How much should you save and contribute annually? How do you know which type of retirement investments will fit your needs, goals and risk tolerance?

“Retirement today is, not surprisingly, being redefined for many people,” says Lule Demmissie, managing director of investment products and retirement at TD Ameritrade, Inc., a broker dealer subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.

In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average life expectancy is now 78 years. In addition, the Families and Work Institute reports that nearly 75 percent of people age 50 and older expect to work during retirement. “If you’re not prepared, you may find yourself having to work in some capacity to supplement your retirement savings. For some, this may not be an available option due to health issues as they get older,” says Demmissie. “So taking careful consideration when planning for your financial future can help you retire when the time is right for you and your family.”

With that in mind, Demmissie shares the following retirement planning tips:

Focus on the key areasThere are four areas that can directly impact your retirement plan – your budget, resources, investments and lifestyle.

  • Lifestyle – Consider factors such as where you live, what hobbies you will pursue, and whether or not you will continue to work in some capacity.  
  • Budget – Make sure you have a clear understanding of your expenses during retirement, from medical needs to the cost of housing and inflation.  
  • Resources – Determine where your money will come from during retirement.  
  • Investments – Develop a plan that will try to make your money last throughout your retirement. 

Utilize online resourcesIn addition to focusing on the key areas, there are a number of free online resources that can help investors, including TD Ameritrade’s online retirement center,

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