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3 Major Retirement Hazards to Avoid

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Retirement can mean the beginning of a new life. Here are a few common dangers to avoid.

Retirement planning is a tricky process, one that requires careful planning and patience. But even if you have a retirement plan with a clear set of financial and lifestyle goals, it’s important to be aware of several common missteps that many fall victim to.

1. Underestimating the costs of health care

As health care costs continue to rise dramatically, employers are shifting more weight of the costs onto their employees. More companies are beginning to drop retired workers from their health plans, and millions of Americans have no form of coverage at all.

Consequently, a common mistake made in retirement is a lack of preparation for the financial impact of health expenditures. One of the most overlooked and most expensive costs is long-term health care, which can be devastating to your financial goals. Long-term care insurance can provide some safeguards, and purchasing it early on can help lower its costs.

2. Misjudging how long you or your spouse will live

Many underestimate the amount of assets that could be needed to last throughout their lifetimes. As medical technology improves and life expectancy increases, the odds are good that you or your spouse will live past age 90. So, it’s vital that you are prepared to live longer.

3. Presuming you’ll work a long time

Your generation is famous for working long, hard hours to get ahead, and most baby boomers believe they’ll be working long into retirement. But that assumption can be one of the biggest retirement mistakes you make.

Census Bureau statistics indicate the average age of retirement in America is now 62. According to the 2016 Employee Benefit Research Institute Retirement Confidence Survey, 55 percent of retirees who had to leave the workforce earlier than planned did so because of poor health or disability. Thirty-three percent retired early because they could afford to do so, and 25 percent of retirees cited leaving to do something else. Even if you want to work as long as you can, it may not always be possible, so it’s vital that you plan and save for such a scenario.

Working with a financial professional and having the proper planning in place are essential keys to a successful retirement. It’s also important to keep an eye on health care costs and stay informed on issues that will affect your retirement. By focusing on the long term and being aware of common pitfalls, you can be prepared to make your retirement the best years of your life.

Paula Dorion-Gray, CFP®, Wealth Advisor at Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning, Inc. located at 2602 IL Route 176, Crystal Lake Il 60014-2225. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc. Dorion-Gray is not affiliated with Securities America companies. Written by Securities America for distribution by Paula Dorion-Gray. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

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