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Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you'll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you'll have and how long you'll need your retirement savings to last. You'll need to take into account your life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension benefits, and when you'll start to tap your retirement savings.
At any given point in time, retiree confidence is an important measurement. People want to know that they will have the funds they need to live comfortably when it comes time to retire and that their healthcare needs will be met. In light of the current pandemic and accompanying economic downturn, retiree confidence has shifted.
The Retirement Confidence Survey conducted each year by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) took a slightly different tack in 2020.
You know how important it is to plan for your retirement, but where do you begin? One of your first steps should be to estimate how much income you'll need to fund your retirement. That's not as easy as it sounds, because retirement planning is not an exact science. Your specific needs depend on your goals and many other factors.
Use your current income as a starting point
If you're a decade or so away from retirement, you've probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work in some capacity? Will changes in your income sources affect your standard of living?
In our commitment to provide ongoing communication and leadership, we are sharing with you the outcomes of our most recent economic committee meeting for the Freedom Capital Management Strategies®. This quarterly update provides insights from our economic committees findings on the macro-economic environment.
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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) is the third significant piece of federal legislation recently enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest law follows the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which were signed into law on March 6 and March 18, 2020, respectively. Collectively, these three laws combine broad-based economic stimulus with targeted measures aimed a propping up the U.S. economy and workforce.