America’s New Retirement Goal is $1.3 Million. Are You on Track?

According to a recent nationwide study, many Americans believe that accumulating a substantial nest egg is crucial for a comfortable retirement, $1.3 Million to be exact. 

The good news? The study highlighted the importance of retirement savings, and Americans know the need to accumulate substantial wealth to sustain their desired standard of living. 

The not-so-good news? It is essential to recognize that this figure represents the participants' perception and may not align with actual financial requirements.

The bad news? Your magic number could be much higher. 

It’s All in the Planning

Retirement planning is a vital aspect of financial well-being, and the study's findings underscore the significance Americans place on achieving financial security in their later years. 

The study's results are a reminder that retirees and pre-retirees should consider various factors when determining their retirement savings goals. Factors such as lifestyle preferences, healthcare expenses, inflation, and life expectancy play pivotal roles in establishing an accurate financial target.

What’s Your Magic Number?

Determining the amount needed for retirement is a multifaceted process that requires careful consideration of various factors. A good rule of thumb is that your retirement income should equal about 80% of your pre-retirement income. 

While individual circumstances differ, here are some common steps to help determine your retirement savings goals:

  • Assess your desired lifestyle: Start by envisioning the lifestyle you want during retirement. Consider factors such as travel, hobbies, living arrangements, and any other activities. This will help you estimate the level of income you'll need to maintain your desired lifestyle.
  • Evaluate your income sources: Identify the various income sources you expect to have during retirement. These may include pensions, Social Security benefits, rental income, investments, or any other sources of income.
  • Consider healthcare expenses: Healthcare costs tend to rise as individuals age. Account for potential medical expenses, including insurance premiums, prescription medications, long-term care, and any specific health needs. 
  • Determine your time horizon: Consider your expected retirement age and life expectancy. A longer retirement period will require more substantial savings to sustain your lifestyle.
  • Evaluate investment returns: Consider the potential returns on your investment portfolio. While past performance does not guarantee future results, estimating a reasonable rate of return can help determine how much you need to save. 
  • Regularly review and adjust your plan: Circumstances change as you progress through life. Review your retirement plan periodically and make adjustments as necessary. 

Remember, determining the amount needed for retirement is not an exact science. It's crucial to seek guidance from a financial professional who can help assess your unique situation, provide personalized advice, and create a comprehensive retirement plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

How NJM Can Help You Reach Your Goal

While the study's findings provide valuable insights into Americans' perceptions of retirement savings, it is essential to approach these figures with caution. Each individual's financial situation is unique, and personalized financial planning is crucial to ensure a secure retirement.

Aim too low and you could outlive your savings, aim too high, and your current lifestyle could unnecessarily suffer. That’s where a trusted Wealth Preservation Manager comes in. 

NJM Wealth Preservation Strategies will help you plan for and navigate your financial journey, especially regarding your retirement goals. Here are some ways in which NJM can assist:

  • Comprehensive financial analysis: The talented team at NJM can conduct a thorough assessment of your current financial situation, including assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. We can help you understand your financial strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement, which is essential for effective retirement planning.
  • Goal setting and retirement planning: NJM can help you define clear retirement goals based on your aspirations and financial analysis. We will work with you to develop a customized retirement plan that takes into account your desired lifestyle, income sources, investment strategies, and risk tolerance
  • Investment management: Managing investments is crucial to wealth preservation and growth. NJM can provide professional guidance on investment strategies tailored to your risk profile and retirement goals. We can help you diversify your portfolio, monitor market trends, and make informed investment decisions to maximize returns while managing risk.
  • Tax optimization: We can help you navigate complex tax laws and identify opportunities for tax optimization. Fiduciary advisor, owner, and operator, Nic J. McLoed of NJM can provide strategies to minimize tax liabilities and maximize tax-efficient investments.
  • Risk management and asset protection: Protecting your wealth is vital, especially as you approach retirement. Our team can assess your risk exposure and recommend appropriate insurance coverage to safeguard your assets. We can also provide insights on estate planning, including strategies to minimize estate taxes and ensure a smooth transfer of wealth to future generations.
  • Regular portfolio reviews and adjustments: As market conditions change and your financial situation evolves, we will regularly review your portfolio to ensure it aligns with your goals. 
  • Financial education and guidance: Last but not least, Nic and his team can educate you on various investment options, retirement planning strategies, and financial concepts. We will be available to address your questions, and concerns and provide ongoing guidance throughout your retirement journey.

To Sum Up

Ultimately, the retirement study emphasizes the need for proactive financial planning and underscores the value of seeking professional advice when navigating the complexities of retirement preparation. 

By leveraging the expertise of a wealth preservation firm like NJM, you can benefit from our specialized knowledge and experience in managing wealth, optimizing investments, minimizing risks, and developing a robust retirement plan. 

Ready to get started? Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.