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Week 3: Maintaining Your Net Worth
Today’s Easy Financial Task: Find out if you're on track for retirement.
How to rock this task:
- Use a retirement calculator to determine how much you need to save
Welcome to Day 17 of the Challenge!
Today, we’re talking about retirement.
The golden years.
The permanent vacation.
Retirement may be years or even decades away from now for you, but early planning is key if you want to live the permanent vacation type lifestyle.
The scary truth is that today many middle-aged adults are approaching retirement age with little or no savings to fall back on in the golden years.
Here are some alarming stats from The Motley Fool:
- 1 in 3 Americans have nothing saved for retirement
- The average 50-year old only has $60,000 saved for retirement
- The average social security check is just $1,355 per month
Would you be able to lead the lifestyle that you want in retirement on $1,355 per month?
There’s also no guarantee that social security benefits will be available for future generations. Ultimately, the responsibility for saving is in our own hands.
A lack of preparedness when you hit retirement doesn’t just have an impact on you and your spouse. It can also put a burden on your children and family.
When planning for retirement, you aren’t just doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for the betterment of your family and legacy.
The time to think about retirement savings is now!
Starting early means you can take advantage of compounding interest. Compounding interest is essentially money making money that’s making money.
We love compounding interest y’all, woot woot!
Since saving for retirement is crucial for increasing your net worth, in today’s lesson, I want you to use a retirement calculator to determine where you are right now.
The Retirement Calculator
You can use the retirement calculator from NerdWallet here.
Using it is pretty simple.
- Enter your age
- Enter your household income
- Enter your current savings
Then use the menu on the left-hand side to toggle the variables including your monthly income, what you’ll spend each month when you retire, and your retirement age.
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When you get your result, don’t be alarmed if you’re not as close as you should be!
If you’re in the yellow, green, or blue areas give yourself a pat on the back.
You’re on your way, getting close, or on track. That’s something to be proud of.
If you’re in the red and your retirement plan needs attention, take pride in the fact that you’re now aware and you can take steps to prepare.
We’ve reached the end of today’s lesson!
I love talkin’ about retirement.
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