Planning for a Financially Secure Retirement
Being ready for a financially secure retirement takes planning that begins early and never really ends. Children grow up. Incomes rise or fall. The time left between work and retirement narrows. But let’s focus on best practices during the ages of 55 to 69.
- Now is the time to save aggressively for retirement. You’re probably in your peak earning years, so put away as much as possible as often as you can. And be sure to take advantage of so-called “catch-up” clauses that allow you to increase contributions to retirement plans.
- Look at your current spending and estimate whether your retirement needs will be met by income from Social Security, savings and withdrawals from your retirement plan.
- Shift to a more conservative investment strategy as retirement nears.
- Consult with a financial planner at least five years before you retire to make sure you are on a sound financial track.
- Consider long-term care insurance.
- Make sure your will and estate planning documents reflect your current wishes. Contact PETA for help evaluating strategies for charitable giving that will benefit you, your heirs and our mission.
The U.S. Social Security Administration’s Web site can help you estimate the amount of monthly benefits you’ll receive from Social Security.
- Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/calculators.htm.
- Click on “Retirement Estimator” (highlighted in the first paragraph).
- Be ready to provide your name, Social Security number, date and place of birth and mother’s maiden name.
- With a few more clicks, you get an estimate of your future benefits.