Facts About Retirement

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What does retirement mean to you? Is it a time to start up your dream business venture? Or maybe travel and spend time with your family?

Regardless of your plans, most individuals want the chance to take it easy after years of hard work.

In many cultures and areas, the standard retirement age is considered to be 65 years old.

It’s interesting to know that every day for the next 20 years another 8,000 individuals will turn 65. That is about 1 person every 10 seconds!

In the year 2013 14% of the population in the United States was made up of those who are 65 and older, and it’s estimated that by the year 2030, they are expected to make up more than 20% of the population!

Interestingly this group owned 31% of the US’s financial assets in 2001 and they are expected to hold 44% of the country’s financial assets by 2040.

If you are part of this group, or will be soon, you can see that you’re part of a large and influential group of people!

What will you do for your retirement when that time comes? Have you made arrangements for the future, for your healthcare, housing and income? Do you feel comfortable with the plans you have in place?

As a member of this influential part of our society, the choices you make now to plan for your retirement can make a difference in the abilities you will have to utilize these years when the time comes!

If you have an uncertainty about your decisions, contact us today so that we can help you develop a solid strategy for the future!

Healthy Body = Heavy Wallet

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Did you know that out of all the things people save for during retirement, that healthcare can potentially be the most expensive?

One study found that a 65 year old couple with average prescription drug expenses will need to save $207,000 for health care in retirement if they want a 75% chance of being able to pay all their future medical bills!*

Although your health isn’t something you can fully control during your retirement, there are some things you can do to stay healthier, plan ahead and possibly reduce the amount you will spend in the future!

First of all, Stay Informed! Keep yourself up- to-date on healthcare news, since we know medical expertise and advice are constantly changing. Especially if there are issues that have affected you or those related to you, and be sure to ask your doctor for help identifying areas that might be of particular concern.

Next, you want to do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy and exercising regularly can be key to staying healthy. Limiting fats and sugars and increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables is a great way to start, as well as embarking on an exercise program that you feel comfortable continuing into the long term. Of course, always consult with your doctor before starting any new routine, to make sure it’s safe for you!

Relaxation can also be a great way to stay in good health. Maintaining friendships, focusing on hobbies and making time for relaxation each day can help ward off stress, which can be detrimental to your health. Some research even shows that staying socially active in retirement can reduce the risk of depression and might even aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease!

Monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood sugar levels are also important. Doing so can help you stay ahead of the game and make any changes if necessary, in the event that your health does begin to decline.

Finally, preventative care can be much less expensive than treating a disease or disorder. Make sure to always get your annual physical as this can help to screen you for potential health risks!

Overall, staying healthy is the best way to keep your healthcare costs low, but having a good healthcare plan in place for big and unexpected events is very important!

If you’d like a free consultation with a retirement specialist who can help you find the most fitting and affordable healthcare plan, contact us today!

*Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2013

Procrastination- What it can cost you

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Have you ever waited too long to do something and suffered the consequences? Maybe you put off renewing your car taxes, only to get a ticket for an expired registration…or what about waiting just a little too long to fill that gas tank, only to run out of gas before you can make it to a fill-up station?

Procrastination can cause many missed opportunities! And this can cost us!

Procrastinators can sabotage themselves. The paths they choose can hurt their performance and put obstacles into their paths.

But what does this have to do with financial planning?

Problems with procrastination can be particularly painful, and costly, when it comes to investments and financial decisions.

Here is an illustration:

Let’s look at two individuals we will call Sam and Patty. Let’s say they each have $100,000 to invest. Sam is ready to go RIGHT NOW! He immediately beings depositing $10,000 a year into an account that earns a 6% rate of return. After 10 years he stops making deposits. Patty on the other hand, procrastinates. She meant to meet with her financial advisor but other things kept getting in the way. Years go by… Finally 10 years after Sam started investing, Patty finally starts to invest that $10,000 per year into an account that also earns a 6% rate of return.

Both Sam and Patty have invested $100,000, but at the end of 20 years Sam has more than $280,000, while Patty only has a little more than $150,000. Sam is significantly wealthier because his account has had more time for the investment returns to compound.

Regardless of the amount of money you may have to invest, the point is to take action NOW! Don’t wait! Every day that you wait, you are potentially losing money that could be used for your retirement, or money that could be left as a legacy to your children and grandchildren.

The first step towards getting started with your investment is to contact a financial advisor and set up a financial review.

At Cornerstone we have dozens of agents who will do a free financial review in the comfort of your home! After fully analyzing your situation, they will be able to point you in the best direction to start investing, or even help you modify your current investments to better meet your needs.

Don’t procrastinate! Contact us today!