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What are the most significant threats to my retirement?

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You saved for years, made sacrifices, and eventually reached your retirement goal. Nothing can stand in the way of your dreams at this point, correct? Hopefully, however, life is not always that straightforward. Here’s how to avoid some of the risks that may arise during retirement.

The danger is that you will outlive your money.

Prepare using the following:



  • Not withdrawing too much from your investments — We typically propose an initial annual withdrawal rate of 4%, with an inflation adjustment of 3% per year. However, if you anticipate living a long time, that rate should be lower.
  • Examining annuities that provide lifetime income – Depending on your income needs and spending flexibility, you may want to investigate annuities that guarantee an income payout for the rest of your life.

Unexpected health care costs or the requirement for long-term care are a risk.

Prepare using the following:



  • Consider supplemental coverage – Medicare Supplemental Insurance or Medicare Advantage may help cover expenses not covered by Medicare.
  • Creating a budget for long-term care expenses – Even if you do not anticipate the need for nursing home care, you should budget for assisted living or home health care fees.
  • Protecting against long-term care costs — There are numerous alternatives for covering long-term health care expenditures, including regular long-term care insurance or a combination of life insurance and a long-term care benefits rider.
  • Writing down your wishes – The use of durable powers of attorney, health care directives, and living wills can assist you in outlining your preferences for future care. Create these legal documents in collaboration with your tax and legal professionals.

Market downturn and inflation are a risk.

Prepare using the following:



  • Maintaining a diverse portfolio – Although no one can forecast the financial markets, knowing how much risk you are ready – and able – to take and having a properly structured portfolio can help you prepare. This includes the following.
  • You diversify your investments between stocks, bonds, and cash so that your success is not contingent on a single firm or investment type.
  • She is maintaining a focus on high-quality investments with a track record of success.
  • You are remaining focused on your long-term objectives rather than on short-term swings.
  • Determining your risk tolerance — Determine the level of risk you are willing and able to accept to be better prepared to maintain momentum during unavoidable short-term dips
  • Being handy with your spending — If possible, avoid automatically deducting more from your investments to account for inflation each year – especially during years when the market performs poorly.
  • Consider a certificate of deposit/short-term fixed-income ladder – Laddering is a strategy that entails owning a diverse portfolio of high-quality fixed-income investments with staggered maturity dates. This way, you avoid having to guess how interest rates will behave in the future. While a “ladder” cannot protect you from a market decline, it can provide a steady source of income if the market declines during your retirement.

How we can assist

There are additional dangers to consider when planning for retirement. However, your WAG Consulting financial advisor can walk you through many scenarios to ensure that your strategy remains on track – even if one of these risks materializes.


Important Notes:


WAG Consulting is a licensed insurance broker in all states and parts of India.

Diversification does not ensure profitability or safeguard against loss in weakening markets.

You must determine if a bond or certificate of deposit ladder and the securities contained within it are appropriate for your investing objectives, risk tolerance, and financial situation.