While you are working, you add money to your investments to build a nest egg. In retirement, it’s time to start taking that money back out. The income goal in retirement is to mimic the paycheck you were receiving while you worked. This new “paycheck” often comes from several sources, including Social Security and/or pension payments, and perhaps rental incom
Balance in retirement is important – not just finding a balance between spending too much money and being afraid to spend, but also how to spend time. How much alone time do you prefer? How much would you like to engage with friends, family, or former colleagues? What is the right blend of relaxing and being active for you?
If you find the thought of taking retirement distributions stressful, you’re not alone. Time after time our clients at Mission Financial Planning are surprised to find themselves struggling to dip into their retirement savings.
As I discuss estate planning with my clients, I inevitably think about my personal estate plan. My kids will inherit what will seem like a lot of money to them, considering how frugally they were raised (downside of being brought up by a financial planner!). I want them to manage it well, understand why I made the estate planning decisions I did, and I have some ideas about ways the