It is useful to think of your financial life and psychological adjustment in five stages: a family and career phase, pre-retirement, close to retirement, just past retirement, and then lifestyle downsizing.
Author Archive | Don Ezra
Retirees should discuss goals and plans with their adult children, including wills, finances, consequences of incapacitation and current plans. Includes a suggested ‘Goals and Plans’ document to kick off the conversation.
Most people in retirement will have three financial goals in the decumulation stage to take account of the uncertainty of health, longevity and markets, and here’s a framework to help.
Don replies to Peter. People saving for retirement should separate shallow and deep risk. Shallow risk, where prices fall, can be good in accumulation phase. Deep risk is a serious long-term deterioration.
Take investment risk in the early years when there is little financial capital at stake and lots of future earning potential, and follow a sort of glide path to reduce exposure to risk later in life.
You can only receive the full benefit of expertise if you’re an informed consumer. Can you paint a picture of what your retirement success and failure looks like?
Life expectancy is not only uncertain, it’s also typically underestimated and misunderstood, particularly for a couple. It’s vital for knowing how long your money must last.