Are you thinking about retiring early?

retirement Dec 15, 2020

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and if you’re currently navigating a new set of circumstances that has led you to consider an earlier retirement, it’s important to proceed carefully and thoughtfully.

Is it possible for you to retire early? If so, what’s the best way to go about it?

To start, take a look at these basic considerations and reach out if you’d like to check in.

Strategize Social Security

You may be able to start collecting Social Security at age 62, but many people choose to hold off if they’re able to. Waiting until your full retirement age (which depends on your birth year) or up until age 70 will lead to an increase in benefits.

Rebalance as Needed

Whether it’s by re-examining your portfolio or shifting more assets to cash (or both), try to make sure you’re finding the right balance and reducing risk as needed. 

Create a Withdrawal Approach

While many retirees aim to withdraw around 4% of their investments in the first year of retirement and adjust the amount for inflation going forward, there are no set rules for success. You may decide to withdraw more or less depending on your budgeting habits and age. 

To see where you stand now, multiply your current savings by 4% and divide by 12 to find what your monthly income amount would be.

Other Factors

Don’t forget about additional considerations like health care and taxes. Overall, it’s important to sit down and calculate your anticipated monthly expenses (including a cushion for anything unexpected).

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