We transition from being a child of a house to adulthood and independence. And we make big transitions through marriage, parenthood and even becoming a grandparent. But of all of these, maybe the one we need to focus on in terms of preparation is the big transition to retirement.
Moving from the world of work and the active life that all that entails to retirement and your golden years is a huge adjustment for people. There are lifestyle changes, changes to your goals and priorities and even in how people view you. But the changes to your finances are perhaps the ones you will notice the most. When you move from getting a steady pay check to living on your Social Security and retirement, that is a major shift in your expectations and how you plan your life.
The saddest things we see when it comes to people in late middle age are those who are depending on Social Security to be the sole means of their support in retirement. While Social Security is a fine program, it has created a false illusion that somehow the government will take care of you in your old age. The truth is that if you are depending on any outside agency to be your means of support in your retirement years, your assurance that you will be conformable in your retirement years is not assured.
Even if you are currently working at a job that has a retirement program or a 401K that you put some into, you may still be allowing yourself to work on your job to be there for you when you get to retirement age. And the horror stories of the elderly who finally arrive at retirement age to discover that what they thought they could depend on was not reliable are tragic.
This is why starting now to prepare for you financial future will be the best way you can be absolutely sure you will have what you need as you enter that time when you should be able to relax and enjoy the fruit of your labors. This is a major attitude shift and if you can accomplish it and take charge of your financial future, you will approach retirement with much greater confidence.
The outcome of your decision to take charge of your retirement will be that you won and just let money get put away for you without any oversight on your part. You cannot always trust that the managers of your retirement account at work are handling the money correctly. By staying on top of how those funds are being invested and doing all you can to direct where those funds go, you are making sure that you get maximum return on your investment all along the way. And when it’s time for you to need those funds, you will be ready to use them because you are acutely aware of their value.
We cannot control Social Security and there is a chance it will be there for you when its time for you to retire. But instead of depending on Social Security, build a financial future that is secure whether it is there or not. Then when you retire and your retirement packages begin to kick and give you that lifestyle of leisure and financial safety that you want, if you do see Social Security add a few dollars to your monthly funds, so much the better.
By taking control over your financial future, you are putting the security of your funds and the planning that you will have what you need when those wonderful years come along. You are depending on the one person you know is in turn with what you will need and has always been able to plan and provide for yourself and your family and that is you. It is a good feeling to put the management of your financial future in your own hands in preparation for retirement. But it is a wonderful feeling you worked hard to enjoy so you deserve it.
Daniel Kalenov, Global Diversified Partners has a global focus and we're opportunistic, but prudent. After achieving years of strong double-digit returns in personal real estate holdings, Global Diversified Partners was formed with the intention of bringing stability and value to like-minded investors. We help people take control of their financial well being by educating them on the benefits of investing in tangible assets and by altering their perception of what “smart investing” means. Call us today, 619-500-4235
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