Simple Steps to Avoid a Retirement Crisis

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Simple Steps to Avoid a Retirement Crisis

In all my years as an investment advisor, I continue to be surprised by how many people are intimidated by the process of preparing for retirement. In 2016, Time Magazine published a report that stated that 1 in 3 Americans have yet to begin saving for retirement. Furthermore, a report in the Washington Post noted that 71% of Americans say they do not have enough saved to retire. But what is the root cause for this lack of preparedness?

My experience tells me that the reasons for not preparing for retirement run the gamut from not knowing who to trust to simply being scared of thinking about the future. Consumers also still fear another stock market collapse like the one we experienced in 2008, not knowing if the highs of today’s market are a bubble waiting to burst. But there is a simpler reason for the lack of retirement savings: people are unwilling to sit down and actually plan what they want in the future.

Where do you want to live? Do you want to travel? Do you want to help your children and grandchildren through college? The only way to conquer your fear of the future is to prepare for it. Fortunately, no matter where you are in your professional career, a plan can be developed to help you reach your retirement goals.

Gone are the days when talking with an investment advisor was intimidating. These days, retirement planning should begin with a simple conversation. HomeStreet Bank, like any customer-centric bank, has investment advisors available to assist you at your local branch. Your advisor should be able to answer all of your questions and educate you on all of the options available to meet your retirement goals. You should be comfortable with the concept that your advisor works for you; they are there to guide you through this process and put you at ease.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind as you begin your retirement planning:

Planning for retirement shouldn’t be intimidating. Don’t be afraid to face the future—embrace it. It is important to find out which options will help you meet your retirement goals. A simple conversation with an advisor can lead to future financial preparedness. Financial investment options evolve, but advisors are always there to guide you through the process. With the help of an advisor fortifying your portfolio, your retirement years can be the best years of your life.


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