Retirement Checklist: 8 Retirement Mistakes To Avoid
Pursuing your retirement dreams is challenging enough without making some common, and very avoidable, mistakes. Here are is a retirement checklist of eight big mistakes to steer clear of, if possible.
1. No Strategy
Yes, the biggest mistake is having no strategy at all. Without a strategy, you may have no goals, leaving you no way of knowing how you’ll get there—and if you’ve even arrived. Creating a strategy may increase your potential for success, both before and after retirement.
2. Frequent Trading
Chasing “hot” investments often leads to despair. Create an asset allocation strategy that is properly diversified to reflect your objectives, risk tolerance, and time horizon; then make adjustments based on changes in your personal situation, not due to market ups and downs.
3. Not Maximizing Tax-Deferred Savings
Workers have tax-advantaged ways to save for retirement. Not participating in your employer’s 401(k) may be a mistake, especially when you’re passing up free money in the form of employer-matching contributions. This is an item of your retirement checklist that you don't want to postpone. Every pay period is potential money you're missing out on!
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4. Prioritizing College Funding Over Retirement
Your kids’ college education is important, but you may not want to sacrifice your retirement for it. Remember, you can get loans and grants for college, but you can’t for your retirement.
5. Overlooking Healthcare Costs
Extended care may be an expense that can undermine your financial strategy for retirement if you don’t prepare for it.
6. Not Adjusting Your Investment Approach Well Before Retirement
Your retirement checklist needs to have several opportunities to adjust your investment approach as you move through stages of life. The last thing your retirement portfolio can afford is a sharp fall in stock prices and a sustained bear market at the moment you’re ready to stop working. Consider adjusting your asset allocation in advance of tapping your savings so you’re not selling stocks when prices are depressed.
7. Retiring with Too Much Debt
If too much debt is bad when you’re making money, it can be deadly when you’re living in retirement. Consider managing or reducing your debt level before you retire.
8. It's Not Only About Money
Above all, a rewarding retirement requires good health, so maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, stay socially involved, and remain intellectually active.
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