5 Simple Retirement Questions

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Some of retirement’s most important questions may seem simple. However, when you consider your options, these questions tend to get complicated. Join us as we unpack five seemingly simple questions about retirement.

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[1:50]Mailbag: Retiring Early

  • Jeff wants to retire in five years when he turns 55 — is that a bad idea?
  • Sean says if most of the money saved is in a retirement account, there will be some restrictions.
  • Sean gives a few options for how to take money out early, but the sources of income need to be considered.

[4:50]When To Take Social Security

  • You can get it at 62, but you don’t always need to start taking Social Security then.
  • When you look at taking Social Security, you might want to take the most money possible.
  • You need to see when it will put the least amount of stress on your assets.
  • Try to optimize it, not maximize it.

[7:06]Diversifying Your Portfolio

  • A lot of people pick a couple of options to say they are diversified without an analysis.
  • They may feel diversified with different funds, but the reality is it’s across investments doing the same thing.
  • You want your investment strategy to be elegantly simple and your portfolios boring.

[9:34]Picking 401(k) Funds

  • The simplest way to do it is with target date funds.
  • You can build allocations yourself and invest in the funds.
  • If you build an allocation, make sure you understand what those funds are investing in to diversify it.
  • There’s nothing wrong with using one target date fund. It will alleviate some of the stress.

[11:04]401(k) Rollovers

  • Any time you leave an employer, you have three choices: cash it out, leave it where it is, or roll it into an IRA.

[12:20]Covering Long-Term Care Costs

  • 50 to 60 percent of Americans will need the cost of long-term care according to a Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
  • Sean shares about his grandparents and their care needs as an example.
  • Consider the real cost of it today, and then determine how you’d want to address it.

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