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Women face unique challenges when it comes to retirement planning. Along with progress in education and careers, women’s life expectancy has also improved, making it more likely that they’ll outlive their male counterparts have a retirement of approximately 20 years or more. The need for extended care is also prevalent among women. The majority of home care and nursing home recipients are women. When you combine these issues with the impacts of inflation many see their fixed retirement income diminish over time.

Women also tend to have less retirement savings than men. This is primarily due to talking time out of the workforce to care for children or elderly parents. When women are not working they are not contributing to Social Security or company retirement plans. Most experts agree that, on average, retirees will need about 80% of their pre-retirement income to live comfortable during retirement. If you want to look forward to a secure retirement, the time to plan and save is now. The sooner you start saving, the easier it will be to accumulate wealth for your retirement.

As retirement approaches, important financial and lifestyle decisions may seem to rush at you, including:

  • Generating predictable retirement income
  • Evaluating choices for a retirement plan rollover
  • Understanding the role of life insurance in retirement
  • Protecting your portfolio and income
  • Deciding whether to downsize to a smaller home or move to a new location
  • Prepare health and legal documents according to your wishes
  • Understanding the impacts of long term care

Visualizing your retirement may be an important first step toward achieving your dreams, but the key words are “first step”. Your ideal retirement will not just happen on its own, you need to dream it, plan for it and implement your plan. The keys to success are smart planning and anticipating each decision well in advance. To schedule time to discuss your financial future, click here.

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