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A Step-by-Step Guide to Retirement Planning

by Caldwell Trust

Preparing for retirement is one of the best decisions you could make in life, and certainly one that your future self would thank you for. Thinking about your future before retirement is the best way to start picturing how you want your lifestyle to be. Whatever your dream for your future, it is best to take the important steps to achieve your retirement goals.

Here is a guide to help you create your retirement plan and maintain financial independence after your retirement.

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What is Retirement Planning?

Retirement planning is the process of preparing your financial future today to enable you to meet your financial goals and dreams when you retire. The process includes setting retirement goals and working towards those goals to achieve your desired results. 

Every retirement plan is unique, and the process varies throughout the different stages of your life. During your early career years, planning could mean saving money for retirement. In your middle-life career, you may realize new trends and change your income-generating goals. This will pay off with decades of savings and investments once you retire. 

How to Plan For Retirement 

Retirement planning isn't a challenging task. It can be seamless if you have the right information. Here is a guide to effective retirement planning.


Set Your Retirement Goals

The first step toward effective retirement planning is to set your desired goals and determine how much time you have to achieve your goals before retirement. 

For example, these are a few points to consider when setting your retirement goals: 

  • When you plan to start your retirement planning
  • Overall goals you plan to achieve in the long run 
  • Your desired retirement lifestyle
  • How much money you need to save to achieve these goals
  • The age you want to retire 
  • The best savings accounts to raise the money to fund your retirement 

It'd be best to write down your goals for easier accountability. Remember, your goals may change with time. So, it’s best to remain flexible and adjust as time goes on to ensure you meet your goals. 

Start Planning as Soon as Possible 

It’s always best to start saving sooner rather than later, and your saving for your retirement is no exception.  You have adequate time to plan and achieve your goals several years ahead. Starting earlier can help ensure you do not need to be financially dependent on family once you reach retirement age. 

Many people consider it to be too early to start saving and planning for retirement in their 20s. But the truth is that planning for your retirement when you are still young benefits you in the long run.

plan for retirement when you are young

It is not too late for you if you are in your mid-career and haven't started planning for retirement. You can begin now and still achieve your goals if you stay focused. There are still many years ahead of you to work and save enough for your golden years. 

Determine How Much You Want to Save 

Having a savings plan for your retirement will help you know if you are making progress. If you've been spending money without budgeting, it is time to start accounting for every dollar you spend. 

It is also best to check your expenses and remove unnecessary items that you can do without. Disciplined savings can give you enough for retirement without depending on your children. Remember to keep updating your plan each year based on the changes in your life. 

Speak To a Retirement Planning Professional 

Retirement planning is an essential step in life that can help you avoid many uncertainties and live a confident and fulfilled life after retirement. It'd be best to consider retirement planning services from a professional to guide you in choosing the best plan. Want to learn about a retirement plan for your situation? Contact us to speak to our financial experts such as Tony Blasini, CPC, QPA, QKC, CPFA our VP of Employee Benefit Plans.  

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