When it comes to retirement, many investors begin preparing decades in advance. However, if you are five years or less away from retiring, it is important to review your investments to ensure your portfolio is positioned to last throughout all of your golden years. To help you get started, the Financial Post spoke with Sightline Wealth Management for insight on the steps you can take to ensure your finances are prepared for a long, fruitful retirement.
One important step for future retirees is to always over-prepare – especially because people typically spend more during retirement than originally expected. “With current concerns about inflation, spending plans could be more expensive, while the value of your portfolio is depleted,” explains Sightline Senior Investment Advisor Paul de Sousa. “Take some time to draw out a realistic spending plan for the future and then plan for inflation or expenses you may not have considered.”
Also, with the chances of living well into your eighties or higher if you’ve already made it to 60 or 65, Sightline recommends making a more realistic assessment of how long your retirement fund can last. “You can do a simple calculation known as the ‘four percent rule’ to perform a quick check on your finances,” says de Sousa. “Multiply your projected yearly cash needs by 25 and you’ll have some idea of how well you’ve prepared.”
When preparing for retirement, investors should also remember that past portfolio performance does not guarantee future returns. “If your portfolio has been performing to your expectations in recent years, recognize that the economic landscape is more volatile than it once was,” de Sousa tells the publication. “Five years out is a good time to have your portfolio reviewed to optimize diversification and asset allocation for current conditions.”
Regardless of your current preparations, it is important not to plan for your retirement alone. Instead, Sightline believes the best course of action for optimal results is to reach out to a trusted advisor. “By talking to an advisor well before retirement, you can optimize the potential of your investments to provide adequate retirement income in support of the lifestyle you’re counting on,” de Sousa says.
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