72% of retirees experience at least one financial shock, and for one third of them, it depletes their savings by 25%, according to the Society of Actuaries’ (SOA) 2015 Risks and Processes of Retirement Survey. The types of shocks and unexpected expenses most often reported by retirees include:
Many people wind up retiring earlier than they planned, due to health or job reasons. Here's how to prepare your finances for that possibility.
One option for making some extra money in retirement is to work as a real estate agent.
One of the confusing things about planning for retirement is trying to figure out how long it will last. It's as if I was crouched at the start of a race without any idea how long the race will be. If it's going to be short, maybe I should sprint for it and not worry too much about running out of energy. But if it's going to be a marathon I'll want to nurse my resources and watch them carefully so I don't run out too soon. But getting some idea how long the race will be means figuring out my life expectancy.
This interesting study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave examines where retirees choose to live in retirement. Among other interesting results, they found that not only do many retirees choose NOT to downsize their home, they actually move to a larger home to have room for family members to come and visit and as a place that the extended family can gather. That would have a significant impact on planned expenses in retirement that many people probably haven't considered.
I've tried lots of retirement income planners and one that I really like is the Fidelity Investments Retirement Income Planner. This is not a planner for someone who just wants a rough idea of how much money they need to save. This planner is for someone who is serious about figuring out what they'll need and where they stand (although you can bypass the detailed worksheets and get the rough estimate if you prefer).
CCH, a part of Wolters Kluwer and a leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services (CCHGroup.com) takes a look at state tax rates, changes and compares differences across the nation. “Costs of living are obviously a huge consideration in deciding where to live or retire to,” said Sandy Weiner, JD, State Tax Analyst for Wolters Kluwer, CCH. “Retirees should really do their homework on the types of taxes they’d be responsible for paying and the rates they’d be taxed at when comparing different locations.”