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Are you planning for retirement and  you're just not sure of the next step.   By the end of this video,  you will have received seven   crucial tips to help you plan for  a successful, secure retirement. To learn more about securing your retirement  and all the different elements you need to know,   subscribe to our channel and hit the bell so  you'll be notified of every episode posted on   Mondays. We have helped hundreds of our clients  with these exact seven tips on planning for   their retirement, and they tell us they've never  been more confident about their retirement plan.   Now it's your turn. Let's dive in. Tip number one, understand your spending. This  is really important. Now, what you do not want   to do here is to think about what your salary is  currently, while you're working.

You want to think   about what is your bring home pay after you've put  money in your 401(k), after you've been able to   pay health insurance, or whatever that might be,  that comes out of your paycheck. Think what comes   home on a monthly basis. Now, do you save any of  that money that goes into your savings account   at the bank? Take that out. What we really want  to know is how much do you actually spend every   month? By the way, if you have a mortgage or some  payment that's going to go away by the time you   retire, subtract that.

That will let you know what  your spending will be when you're in retirement. Tip number two, break income needs into three  different areas. You have your essential needs,   your wants, and then your giveaway money. It  may seem simple, but it's really important   to understand what those actually are. Your  essential needs are the basics, paying the bills,   keeping the lights on, staying  fed, staying relatively happy.   Your wants are going to be things that you want  to do. I know we work hard to get to retirement,   we don't want to give up our wants so we  want to plan for those as well. Things like   having that membership to a golf club or a  health club, being able to travel in retirement,   so being able to take those vacations  that you've been looking forward to. Being able to spoil your grandkids or family  members. These are all wants that we want to   have planned into the budget for retirement. And  then the last is giveaway money. So whether you   want to be gifting throughout retirement or  whether you want to be donating to charity,   or whether you just want to have a plan in place  for what you're going to leave behind, that   really comes into the giveaway money.

So three  major topics, when it comes to your expenses,   your essential income needs, your  wants, and then your giveaway money. Tip number three, list all of your guaranteed  income that will be there after you retire.   Now, it's really important now that you  understand it needs to be guaranteed. So   what are we talking about? Well, that's  going to be things like social security,   a pension, if you have one, or  if you've secured an annuity.   It's really important that they be guaranteed  because this part of your income plan is what's   going to help take care of those essential needs  in retirement. You do not want to count things   like rent or dividends. While they're nice and  they might be secure, they're not guaranteed.

Tip number four, don't rely on the 4% rule. You  may be asking yourself, what is the 4% rule?   Well, very simply, it's basically saying you  can take out 4% of your assets. So for example,   let's say by the time you get to retirement,  you've accumulated a million dollars. 4% of that   is $40,000. The rule, and this is a rule of thumb  by the way, the rule says that you could live off   of $40,000 a year for the rest of your life and be  okay.

Now, we see a couple of flaws in this rule. What if you're invested in  the market and your million   falls because of market volatility. So go to a  2008 scenario where the average investor loss,   anywhere from 30 to 50%. What if you  lost 50%? Now your million is 500,000.   Are you still going to be able to withdraw 40,000  a year to keep up with your living expenses?   Probably not. So that is something that's  very important that we realize that we   cannot rely on the 4% rule and we need a plan  that is structured for our specific situation. Comment below and let us know, what is your  biggest retirement planning question? Tip   number five, make a list of all of the different  types of accounts you have. Now, why are we saying   types of accounts? What does that even  mean? Well, you're going to want to list,   do you have a 401(k), 403(b), a traditional IRA,  a Roth IRA, or a brokerage account or a savings   account in the bank? You want to list all of  those account types and the reason why is because   they get taxed differently.

And so when you're  building out your retirement income plan, taxes   are extremely important. So make sure you make  a list of all the different types of accounts. Tip number six, consider how you feel about  investing during retirement. Let's talk about   this, how would you feel if you lost 10% of  your entire retirement nest egg? Well, when I   say 10% and you may say, "Well, that doesn't feel  like much." But let's put it to a dollar amount.   Let's say you have a million dollars saved up and  you lose 10% of that.

Well, that's a $100,000.   That may feel a bit more than just saying 10%,  right? So let's think about that. When you're   working and you're putting money into these  retirement plans, like a 401(k), typically you   started young and you set up an allocation that's  probably pretty aggressive, and you just set it   and forget it. You're putting money in and it's  making money, you don't really think about it.

But then you get down the line closer to  retirement, and you're still invested that way   when you should be considering your risk exposure  more and more, as you get closer to retirement.   So that's something that we have to think  about as we are transitioning into this phase.   Now, what we talk about is, you got to know  your risk tolerance and you got to understand   how you're currently invested. So many times when  we talk to people, they come in the door and they   don't even realize how much risk they have  on their overall portfolio. So that's why we   talk about always looking at alternatives that  are going to fit your investment personality. Tip number seven, don't overly worry about the  question, do I have enough to retire? Well,   why did we say that? Well, we have clients that  have a few 100,000 and we have clients that have   a few million dollars. And sometimes clients  that have a few million dollars do not have   as good of a plan as the person who has a few  100,000.

Why is that? Well, if you're spending   so much money that you're draining your accounts  too rapidly, you're at a threat to run out of   money, no matter how much you have. So what's  the bigger issue? Our spending plan. We need to   really understand how we're spending money and how  that's going to play out throughout retirement. So, as you're thinking about your retirement,  focus on your spending plan, more than being   worried about, do I have enough to retire? Well,  that's our seven tips to help you get started   down the path to secure your retirement, but what  else is needed? Well, there's a lot of different   moving parts when it comes to planning for,  and living through retirement. We have created   a mini video series called Four Steps to Secure  Your Retirement. These videos walk you through   step-by-step so that you will know exactly what  you need to do to secure your retirement. We also   have a podcast called Secure Your Retirement. You  can subscribe to our podcast with the link below.

For more detailed retirement tips, watch these  videos, create your retirement income plan,   investing during retirement, buy and hold or  active management. If you like this video,   hit the like button and be sure to  subscribe and share it with your friends.

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