A recent study found that a whopping 40% of Americans fear retirement more than death. Today we’re going to dive into why that is, take a look at the study, and talk about what you can do if retiring scares you!
What causes this fear and uncertainty? Simply put: a lack of planning and a lack of financial education.
68% of people said they thought their social security benefits will be enough to live on. I hate to break it to you, but this is a poor plan! On this episode of Investing in Real Estate, we’re going to talk about this fear of retirement and how you can live financially free, now and into your retirement!
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If you’re relying on basics like SS or a 401k for retirement, that’s just not going to cut it. Sure, they can be a part of your overall retirement, but it’s going to take more than that to cover your expenses and live financially free.
Another particularly interesting thing in this study is the methods people are relying on to save for retirement.
Cash came out on top with 71% saying they’re using this method. But with current interest rates for savings accounts running at less than 1%, those savings are not growing!
If this study resonates with you, I want to touch on a few things you can do to face the fear of retirement head on:
- Run your numbers. If you don’t know what your expenses are, you can’t possibly know how much you need for retirement. Start with my Freedom Cheat Sheet.
- Start thinking about streams of income. A cash-based bank account is not going to go very far. What else can you do to bring monthly income in? Watch my video on places you might find a hidden down payment.
- Check for old 401k’s you may have forgotten about
- Pull money from stocks to invest in real estate for more stability and monthly cash flow
- Put savings in a high-interest account like Outlet
- Work on paying off high interest debt to eliminate extra expenses in retirement
- Don’t fall into the trap of assuming you’re too young OR too old to plan for retirement. Now is always the right time.
- Consider converting IRAs and into self-directed accounts. This gives you the authority to have more control over your investments.
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