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12/12/2022

How to Achieve Your Retirement Dreams

Investing time to ensure a financially stable and secure retirement is imperative to enjoying a post-professional life. Moreover, setting measurable and clear retirement Dreamsis a critical part of planning. If you are starting retirement planning, you need to understand what Dream setting encompasses and how you need to do it.

 

In this article, we take a look at what retirement Dreamsare and share the steps you need to follow to achieve them.

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What Are Retirement Dreams?

Retirement Dreamsare self-established milestones on your path to retirement. A lot of people view retirement planning as a lifelong process that starts in your youth. A good retirement plan should ideally have the following elements:

  • Expected lifestyle
  • Anticipated retirement income that includes pension, savings, etc.
  • Risk tolerance if you opt to incorporate investing into your retirement Dreams
  • Strategy to handle long-term expenses such as medical bills and cost of assisted living

How to Achieve Your Retirement Dreams?

In this section, we share some tips that will help increase your savings and allow you to enjoy the lifestyle of your dreams.

1. Start Today

If you are just starting to save for retirement, you need to save as much as you can and allow compound interest to work in your favor. Remember, the sooner you start off, the better off you are going to be.

2. Keep Track of Your Social Security Benefits

Individuals barely keep track of Social Security until it is time to avail benefits. The Social Security Administration generates a yearly statement for everyone who has paid into the system but is not availing benefits. To get this statement, you have to log into ssa.gov. View your statement every year to ensure you are recording your earnings correctly. The monthly benefit at retirement depends on the history of your earnings. It’s quite easy to get errors fixed if you catch them early on.

3. Meet Your Employer’s Match to 401(k) Plan Contributions

If your employer offers to match your 401(k) plan contributions, ensure you contribute at least enough to take complete advantage of the match. For instance, your employer might offer to match 50 percent of employee contributions up to 5 percent of your salary. Thus, if you’re earning $50,000 yearly and contribute $2,500 to your retirement plan, your employer will add in an additional $1,250. It is basically free money that you shouldn’t leave on the table!

4. Invest for the Long Term

A lot of people use investments to help support them when they retire. When you invest for your retirement, you should choose long-term options instead of short-term plans. This is particularly true if you’re planning to invest in the stock market.

Wrapping Up

The steps outlined above will help you accomplish your retirement Dreamsefficiently. Just make sure you keep track of your progress so that you know if you’re on the right track. You can use the iDreamers app to track the progress you make toward your financial Dreams. This app also connects you with other people saving for retirement to help you get the support you need to achieve your retirement Dreams.

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