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Plan for Your Post Retirement Personal Finances Now

The limitations of a fixed retirement income may be quickly felt unless preparation where made in advance, especially with a US Business Finance Corp Private Employer Benefit (PEB) Plan. Many self-employed and employed workers have used annuities to fund their PEB retirement funds to prepare for the day when they sell their business or retire. Planning now for that eventuality is the best way to make sure your retirement funds meet your economic needs. The following are a few steps to inoculate your retirement income from any economic surprises (inflation, the fund’s stock values).

The best way to plan for your retirement financial needs is to estimate your monthly budget and then give it a test run – live on that budget for a while. Two things become evident:

  • How to plan your Private Employer Benefit Plan, 401(k) or IRA monthly withdrawals, and
  • If you need to begin saving and investing more money now to live the lifestyle that gives you the greatest freedom and happiness.

Once you have figured your monthly budget, add in seasonal costs (holiday season, anniversaries) and then calculate what your annual needs will be.

Next, review each of your retirement accounts to see what the rules are regarding withdrawals, any penalties or taxes that may be expected, and what any mandatory distributions are. The rate at which you withdraw funds from each account determines how long the account will last.

While figuring your budget, keep in mind the past historical trends of inflation and the cost of services that may impact you most, such as healthcare costs. As articles in business magazines suggest, other economic factors which may cause your retirement funds to last longer is considering if moving to a locale where the cost of living is lower than where you currently reside. Many ex-patriot communities from Costa Rica to Thailand grew due to their excellent level of health care and the low cost of living.

Another economic variable is how well your investment stocks perform. From studies done by Standard & Poor’s analysis of the stock market’s overall performance over the past eighty years, a sustainable withdrawal would be between 5 and 6% per year. They estimated this on a somewhat conservative mix of investments with 60% in US stocks and 40% in Treasury bonds. If you have a percentage invested in overseas emerging markets your rate will most likely vary.

If stocks seem a poor retirement alternative, consider a Private Employer Benefit plan. Small business owners can contact USBFC advisers to see if your company’s budget and needs for insurance, tax liabilities, potential areas of tax deferment, retirement plans as well as the family’s education funding and estate planning needs would benefit from a Private Employer Benefit (PEB) plan. Your PEB retirement plan can be a way to get the most out of the equity you have built into your company. By creating a PEB retirement plan for you and your employees, the time you spend building your business rewards you doubly by also funding your retirement.

Once you have calculated your annual withdrawal rate from your annual budget, you can estimate what amount of additional funding is necessary to add more years to your retirement nest egg. Making budgetary adjustments now will afford more leeway in budget adjustments once you retire.

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