The end of the year is almost here and 2019 is nearly upon us. If you’re like many Americans, you’re planning holiday parties, scheduling time away from work and thinking about gifts for your loved ones.
You may be considering resolutions and goals for the new year, including your progress toward retirement. The end of the year is a great time to review your financial strategy and identify areas for improvement in the coming year.
Below are a few questions to ask about your retirement plan and your financial future. If you haven’t reviewed your strategy in some time, now may be the right time to do so. A financial professional can also help you look at your strategy with fresh eyes and identify areas for change.
Should you increase your contributions?
Do you use a 401(k) or IRA? Qualified plans like the 401(k) are an effective way to save for retirement. They offer tax-deferred growth and potential employer contributions. Those two things could help you accumulate retirement assets quickly.
Consider increasing your contributions in 2019. The maximum 401(k) contribution increases to $19,000 next year. 1 If possible, look at your budget and see if you can increase your contributions. Even a small increase can have a big impact over time.
You can also contribute up to $6,000 to a traditional or Roth IRA.1 That’s in addition to your 401(k) contributions. An IRA can offer additional opportunity for tax-deferred growth, along with other tax-favored treatment. Your contributions to a traditional IRA could be tax-deductible. Withdrawals from a Roth IRA after age 59½ are tax-free. Contributions to an IRA could help you reach your retirement savings goal.
Is your allocation still appropriate?
Do you feel like you’re becoming more conservative over time? That’s natural. The closer you are to retirement, the less time you have to recover from a market downturn. That means you may feel like you have less tolerance for risk and volatility.
Work with your financial professional to see if your allocation is still aligned with your risk tolerance. If you haven’t adjusted your allocation in several years, it may be time to shift to a more conservative strategy.
You also may want to consider an annuity as part of your planning. Annuities offer a variety of ways to minimize risk. Some offer downside protection against loss and predictable interest payments. Others offer a guaranteed* lifetime income stream in retirement, regardless of market performance. Your financial professional can help you determine whether an annuity is right for you.
Are you exposed to risk?
All it takes is one financial emergency or unplanned expense to derail your retirement strategy. You could face disability or significant medical costs. A job loss could disrupt your ability to save.
Fortunately, you can use insurance to protect against many risks. Take a look at your protection strategy to see if there are any gaps. Do you have sufficient life insurance to protect your family in the event of your death? Are you protected against long-term disability? If you’re approaching retirement, have you considered how you might pay for future long-term care costs? Again, a financial professional can help you answer these questions and develop a strategy.
Ready for your year-end review? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at Humphrey Financial. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
*Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values.
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