Retirement Rules of the Road

  • Have a lifetime time horizon.
  • Commit to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Keep a monthly budget and remove any unnecessary expenses.
  • Plan to purchase big ticket household and family items before retiring.
  • Strive for an emergency fund equal to two years of your monthly expenses minus any guaranteed sources of income.
  • Be debt free.
  • Remain invested in a growth oriented, diversified investment portfolio.
  • Do not try to time the markets.
  • Implement a responsible withdrawal plan for consistent income from retirement accounts.
  • Reduce portfolio withdrawals during periods of economic stress.
  • Minimize account expenses without losing value in critical areas such as professional counsel and portfolio management.

 

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.  There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio.  Diversification does not protect against market risk.