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An informational & educational website that explores a wide range of topics aimed at helping people to and through their retirement.

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An informational & educational website that explores a wide range of topics aimed at helping people to and through their retirement.

Will You Face an Income Gap in Retirement?

IncomeGap-mockupNot all retirement expenses are created equally. As you prepare for retirement, it is important to understand there are generally two kinds of retirement expenses:

ESSENTIAL:
These are expenses you have to pay, such as your mortgage and other related home expenses, food, car bills/maintenance, healthcare, etc.

DISCRETIONARY:
There are your "lifestyle" expenses, such as entertainment, travel, and other leisure activities.

A secure retirement is built on the foundation of having enough guaranteed income to meet your ESSENTIAL expenses. Of course, we all want to be able to LIVE THE LIFESTYLE of our choice, but we know at the very least that if we meet our essential expenses, we'll be able to sleep well at night.

There are 4 steps you can follow to help identify your retirement income needs:

1) ESTIMATE you expenses in retirement
2) CALCULATE your potential retirement income gap
3) DETERMINE your income sources
4) CREATE AN INVENTORY of your current investment portfolio

You can use our worksheet to complete the above steps. If the result of your calculations is negative, you may want to consider sitting down and discussing your current strategy.

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