Money-Smart Strategies for Creating and Keeping Retirement Income
Retirement is here for the first wave of America’s 76 million baby boomers. And ready or not, many are faced with the task of converting their savings into a paycheck while still growing their nest egg — a challenge complicated by the unpredictability of today’s stock market. According to many industry experts, boomers may need to consider radical, fresh methods for generating income during retirement.
“Pre-retirees should be looking for products that will provide a guaranteed stream of lifetime income while still allowing them to maintain control over their assets,” says Christine Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement. “At this stage of the game, it’s important to retain the potential to benefit from market growth while also protecting your income from losses.”
Marcks offers additional tips for those hoping to create a paycheck for life:
* Put your principal to work. Just because you’ve retired, does not mean your retirement income should stop growing. Consider investing in the new generation of retirement income products that guarantee a minimum annual income while offering a measure of flexible control over payouts.
* Accept market swings. The stock market promises only one thing: it’s never predictable. Ask about new product innovations that let you take advantage of potential market upswings while shielding income from inevitable downturns.
* Create a paycheck for life. Seventy percent of older workers — those between the ages of 55 and 64 — welcome the new options that convert their assets into a guaranteed lifetime income stream, according to Prudential Retirement’s 2006 Workplace Report on Retirement Planning. Some of these products come with built-in guarantees, eliminating worry about outliving your assets. Investors can retain some ownership of their money too, along with guaranteed lifetime income.
* Maintain control and access to your nest egg. Most people want to maintain control over their savings, and be able to access it on the proverbial “rainy day.” They also want their heirs to receive any remaining assets at death. Some new products available through the workplace may allow both greater flexibility and access to funds as compared to traditional products.
* Postpone Social Security benefits. You can claim Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly benefits
* Practice tax-smart asset distribution. To make retirement assets last as long as possible, always consider their inherent tax liabilities and how to best manage them over time.
If you are thinking about retirement within the next few years, you probably have some concerns about making sure you don’t outlive your stream of income. And given today’s marketplace, the concern is a valid one. Talk to a qualified financial advisor today to learn more about new and innovative ways to generate a paycheck for life.
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