Up & Coming Weekly

July 07, 2020

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6 UCW JULY 8-15, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM e recent market volatility has af- fected just about everybody's financial and investment situations — so, if you were planning to retire soon, will it still be possible? Of course, the answer depends some- what on your employment situation. With so many people's jobs being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, your retire- ment plans may also have been thrown into confusion. But assuming your employment is still stable, what adjust- ments in your financial and investment strategies might you need to make for your retirement? Here are a few areas to consider, and some questions to ask yourself: • Retirement goals Now is a good time to review your retirement goals and assess your progress toward achieving them. You may want to work with a financial profes- sional to determine if the current environ- ment has materially affected your goals or if you need to make modest adjustments to stay on track. • Retirement lifestyle You probably created your investment strategy with a particular type of retire- ment lifestyle in mind. Perhaps you had planned to become a world traveler when your working days were over. Of course, in the near term, extensive travel may not be possible, anyway, but once we move past the pandemic, your freedom to roam will likely return. But if your investment portfolio is not where you thought it might be, can you (or do you want to) adapt your lifestyle plans? And can you accept the same flexibility with your other lifestyle goals, such as purchasing a vacation home, pursuing hobbies, and so on? • Tradeoffs Based on your retirement goals and your willingness to adjust your retirement lifestyle, you'll want to consider your options and tradeoffs. For ex- ample, would you be willing to work more years than you had originally planned in exchange for greater confidence in your ability to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle? By working longer, you can continue adding to your IRA and 401(k) or similar retirement plan, and you may be able to push back the date you start receiving Social Security to receive bigger monthly benefits. You might also review your budget for opportunities to re- duce spending today and potentially save more toward your retirement goals. • Social Security You can file for Social Security benefits as early as 62, but you can get 25% to 30% more if you wait until your full retirement age, which is likely between 66 and 67. As you created your retirement plans, you likely also calculat- ed when you would take Social Security, but you may need to review that choice. If you postpone retirement a few years, what effect will that have on when you choose to take Social Security and, consequently, the size of your benefits? You won't want to make a hasty decision — once you start taking Social Security, you can't undo your choice. is is certainly a challenging time to be entering retirement, and you'll have some questions to answer. But even in the midst of uncertainty, you still have many choices. Consider them carefully and make the decisions that work for you. Questions to ask when nearing retirement submitted by DEBBIE BEST With so many people's jobs being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, your retire- ment plans may also have been thrown into confusion. DEBBIE BEST, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments. COM- MENTS? 910-488-7535 MONEY Accounting Clerk (online) Administrative Office Assistant (face-2-face) Administrative Office Assistant (online) Barbering I Certified Personal Trainer Computer Technician (online) Customer Service Representative (online) Electronic Health Records Office Professional (online) EMT-Initial Health Information Technology (online) Medical Administrative Assistant (online) Medical Billing (online) Medical Transcription Editor (online) Paramedic Initial B (If registered for Part A) Physical Therapy Office Professional (online) Professional Medical Coding & Billing (online) Records Clerk (online) Working in the Pharmacy (online) Let us guide you to the next step in your educational journey! Check out the following programs offering scholarships for classes starting in August & September! FTCC Corporate & Continuing Education Course Schedules: www.faytechcc.edu/continuing-education • (910) 678-8386

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