What to Do When Facing a Forced Retirement

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For whatever reason, forced and early retirements do happen. What should you do? Sean talks through some strategies to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

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What does Sean say to clients when someone calls with the news that their company is being downsized? It’s important to be proactive in this scenario. Sometimes it comes down to whether or not you want to volunteer to take severance early. Or other times, you don’t have much choice in the matter. On today’s podcast, we talk about what to do when facing a forced retirement.

Ask the important questions to help you navigate this pivot from your original plan. Do you have enough income coming in from outside sources? What are your needs? Can you live without going back to work?

Consider the long-term planning. Depending on how early you’re retiring, are you able to access your IRA or 401(k)? Or do you need to supplement with part-time work? Coping mechanisms for forced retirement might include part-time work or downsizing your home. You might be surprised by the freedom this provides you.

Early retirement may be a good opportunity to do a Roth conversion. Is this when you should start Social Security? Work with your advisor to consider the best timing for all of this. Sean recommends that after a forced early retirement that you take a moment to take a breath. Visualize what you want and then move toward accomplishing your goals in retirement.

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[0:24] – How does Sean celebrate the 4th of July? 

[1:40] – Forced retirement unfortunately happens.   

[4:11] – What ways can we cope with forced retirement?

[5:47] – What kind of emotional and planning response could be triggered?

[7:10] – When should you do more Roth conversions?

[8:23] – What should you do first?


Looking Back From The Mountaintop

“The first step is sitting down and understanding: what am I working with? What’s my math problem? And then you go to work on how to solve that math problems with the investments you’ve accumulated.”

-Sean Lee


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