You know the source of your income today.
But where will the paycheck come from in retirement? The money you live on in retirement will probably come from your pension, Social Security, personal savings and part-time work. Only one-third of Americans are saving what they’ll need to reach their retirement savings goal. If you’re relying solely on your work pension to fund your retirement years, get ready to take a pay cut. Most pensions weren’t designed to replace 100% of your working income. Today it’s up to you to make sure you’re putting enough away. So start saving today so the money will be there when you need it.
How much will you need for retirement?
Experts suggest you will need approximately 65 – 85% of your current income to maintain your present lifestyle in retirement. If you want to increase your standard of living in retirement, you may even need more. While some expenses in retirement may drop such as job-related expenses and paying taxes, other expenses may increase.
Your basic living expenses should stay the about the same.
You will still need transportation, to eat, pay utilities and maintain your home. But health care costs and medical expenses, on the other hand, will most likely increase.
What happens if you withdraw funds early?
Keep in mind that an annuity is a long-term retirement plan. There are charges or fees if you take your money out before a specified period of time. However, many fixed annuities allow you to take a 10% of your money without being charged for it.
Save at tax time
Any earnings from your annuity grow on a tax-deferred basis, which means that you don’t have to pay any taxes on your annuity earnings until you withdraw funds.