Retirement Calculator: Are You On Track to Reach Your Goals?

Michael Daudelin |

Thinking about retirement can be overwhelming, especially when considering what life may be like living on a fixed income. One of the best ways to improve your financial health in retirement is to start planning early. Allegiance can help you to stay on track with your goals during your working years. 

How Much Will You Need? 

The amount of savings needed for an easy retirement varies by each person and their living preferences. Consider these questions when thinking about the type of retirement you’d like to have: 

  • Will you have rent or mortgage payments to make? 
  • Will you downsize your home? 
  • Are there any big purchases you’re planning to make in retirement (a new car, a piece of artwork you’ve always wanted, etc.)? 
  • What kinds of activities do you want to partake in? Will you travel or stay home most of the time? 
  • How much does it cost to live in your current city and will you stay there? 
  • Can you live on less than you currently make or will you need to keep the same level of income? 

Allegiance uses these questions to custom tailor a budget and portfolio meant to provide you with your most ideal retirement. 

Estimate Your Savings Rate 

To estimate how much you’ll need to save each month from your income, Allegiance helps with determining how much you’d like to start off with when beginning your retirement using the factors above. Next, we use that figure along with the rate of inflation, your anticipated Social Security payments, and the expected performance of your portfolio and determine how much you will need to save to allow for your ideal retirement.


Savings Tactics 

One of the easiest ways to save for retirement is to opt into your employer’s 401k savings plan. This way, money is automatically taken out of your paycheck pre-tax and deposited into your retirement savings account. But it may also be good idea to diversify your savings, so you may consider an individual retirement account or other types of investments. There are pros and cons to each type of account and Allegiance can help determine which will work best for you. 

Consider increasing your rate of savings as your salary increases. If you’re just starting out in your career, you might decide to invest 4% of your salary into a retirement savings account. Most salaried positions include at minimum a raise of 2-3% for inflation each year, so if you increase your savings by 1% of your paycheck each year, your savings have the potential to grow at an exponential rate along with your salary. 

If you’re concerned about how much to save for retirement or how to reach your savings goals, feel free to hit the CONTACT button in the top right of your screen for a free consultation. 

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